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  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Merced

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Train

  1. Take the train from Richmond to Merced

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  1. Drive from San Francisco to Merced

San Francisco to Merced by bus

7 Weekly Buses
3h 45m Average Duration
$20 Cheapest Price
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San Francisco → Merced
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Merced is 800-232-4636.

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The social distance requirement in Merced is 2 metres.

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The most affordable way to get from San Francisco to Merced is to bus, which costs $20 - $29 and takes 3h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Merced is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 2h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco and arriving at Merced. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Merced. However, there are services departing from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arriving at Merced via Richmond. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 20m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Merced is 112 miles. The road distance is 131.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Merced without a car is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs $20 - $29.

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The bus from San Francisco to Merced takes 3h 45m including transfers and departs once daily.

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San Francisco to Merced bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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San Francisco to Merced train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Richmond station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Merced is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs $20 - $29. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $50 and takes 4h 20m.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Merced.
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  • Distance: 111.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Merced, CA, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Francisco to Merced once daily. Tickets cost $20 - $29 and the journey takes 3h 45m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Richmond to Merced 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 2h 40m.

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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Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond to Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Bus operators
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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Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco to Merced
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $60

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San Francisco to Merced bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Merced station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Merced is 131 miles. It takes approximately 2h 16m to drive from San Francisco to Merced.

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