There are 4 ways to get from Salinas to Merced by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station 86
  2. Take the bus from Gilroy, Ca to Madera, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Madera, Ca to Merced, Ca

$28 - $74

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Train  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
  2. Take the train from Sjd San Jose Station to Skt Stockton Station Ace
  3. Take the train from Stockton Robert Cabral Station to Merced Amtrak

$65 - $124

Bus, train  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to San Jose, Ca 86
  2. Take the train from Sjd San Jose Station to Skt Stockton Station Ace
  3. Take the train from Stockton Robert Cabral Station to Merced Amtrak

$44 - $101

Drive  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Salinas to Merced 107.1 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Salinas to Merced is to drive which costs $10 - $16 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salinas to Merced is to drive which costs $10 - $16 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salinas to Merced. However, there are services departing from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 and arriving at Merced, Ca via Gilroy, Ca and Madera, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salinas to Merced. However, there are services departing from Salinas Amtrak and arriving at Merced Amtrak via Sjd San Jose Station and Stockton Robert Cabral Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 44 min.

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The distance between Salinas and Merced is 78 miles. The road distance is 107.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Merced without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $28 - $75.

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It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from Salinas to Merced, including transfers.

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Salinas to Merced bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 station.

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Salinas to Merced train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Salinas Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Merced is to bus which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $28 - $75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $65 - $130 and takes 6 h 44 min.

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  • Distance: 78.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

What companies run services between Salinas, CA, USA and Merced, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Salinas to Merced via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Gilroy, Ca, and Madera, Ca in around 4 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salinas to Merced via San Jose Diridon Station, Sjd San Jose Station, Skt Stockton Station, and Stockton Robert Cabral Station in around 6 h 44 min.

Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from Stockton Robert Cabral Station to Merced Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Altamont Corridor Express
Phone
1800-411-7245
Website
acerail.com
Train from Sjd San Jose Station to Skt Stockton Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
acerail.com
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to Cahill / Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Gilroy, Ca to Madera, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$28 - $40
Bus from Madera, Ca to Merced, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Salinas, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $29

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Salinas to Merced bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Merced, Ca station.

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Salinas to Merced train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Merced Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Salinas to Merced is 107 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to drive from Salinas to Merced.

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There are 20+ hotels available in Merced. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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