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Amtrak San Joaquins Route Guide

Yosemite National Park
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The Amtrak San Joaquins will take you from Bakersfield, CA to the Bay Area or Sacramento. On the way you’ll pass by Yosemite Valley, making this a great train for anyone wanting to visit Yosemite National Park.

Amtrak San Joaquins Route Guide to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley

Train Info

Observation Car No
Dining CarNo
Distance315 Miles
Time6.25 Hours

Ticket Options

On the Amtrak San Joaquins you can purchase tickets in this category (sample summer fares):

  • Coach ($40)

Scenic Views

The Amtrak San Joaquins will take you from the Bakersfield to the Bay Area or Sacramento. You can hop off in Merced to ride a thruway bus to Yosemite National Park. This route has one of the largest concentrations of bus connections with 55 percent of passengers taking a bus. Many are either into San Francisco from Emeryville, or to Yosemite from Merced. Amtrak bus connections are also available to Las Vegas from Bakersfield.

Major Stations

The major and notable stations on the Amtrak San Joaquins are Oakland, Emeryville, Sacramento, Merced, and Bakersfield.

States Visited

On the Amtrak San Joaquins you will travel only in California..

Station Reviews

The San Joaquins has terminus stations of Bakersfield on one end and Oakland or Sacramento on the other.


Bakersfield is a small station that offers checked bag service as well as restrooms and vending machines. The Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center is within walking distance.


Sacramento Valley Station is one of the busiest Amtrak stations in the United States serving the 7th most passengers. Checked baggage service is available. The Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown is within walking distance.


Jack London Square in Oakland is the 10 busiest station in California. Baggage check is available at this station. It also serves the Amtrak Capitol Corridor and the Coast Starlight. The Waterfront Hotel is within walking distance of the station. To get to San Francisco you’ll want to get off in Emeryville and connect by bus.

Trip Planning

From Emeryville you can get on the Coast Starlight and go north to Seattle or south to Los Angeles. Many vacationers use the San Joaquins to get to Yosemite.

Booking Tickets

You can use our Amtrak ticket booking guide to purchase tickets at the lowest price in any class. Amtrak also runs sales and discounts on most routes.

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Robert Marmion
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