Train Ride of the Week: Amtrak San Joaquin

Name: Amtrak California San Joaquin

Train Number: Multiple Daily Services in the 700-number series

Route: Oakland and Sacramento to Bakersfield, California

Overview: Providing service from the Bay Area, the San Joaquin services provide multiple trains both north and southbound through central California to Stockton, Merced, Fresno, and Bakersfield. San Joaquin services also connect to two of California’s major tourist centers via thruway bus services. From the Emeryville station, a bus connection is provided to cross the bay into San Francisco. Once reaching Bakersfield, passengers can board a thruway bus connection to Los Angeles. Additional services are available between Fresno and Sacramento. Connections are also available in both Merced and Fresno to the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) bus into Yosemite National Park.

Services Offered: A typical consist on a San Joaquin service is four or five California cars. California cars are both single- and double-level cars. On coaches, there are luggage racks available. On single-level coaches, these luggage racks are located at the ends of the car, while luggage racks on double-level cars are located on the bottom level. A café car is also available for passengers wanting to purchase drinks or snacks on their journey.

Train Schedule: The San Joaquin service provides seven trains in both directions throughout the day. For a full breakdown of times and connections, visit https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/timetables/San-Joaquins-Schedule-050718.pdf.

Places of Interest:

Emeryville to San Francisco thruway bus connection

Emeryville – Located just north of the iconic Bay Bridge, Emeryville provides a thruway bus connection directly into downtown San Francisco. Additionally, Emeryville is a connection point to Amtrak California’s Capitol Corridor and long distance services on the California Zephyr to Chicago and the Coast Starlight to Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.

Martinez – After traveling along the shoreline from Oakland and Emeryville, the San Joaquin arrives in Martinez, where passengers can board a thruway bus service to Redwood Coast further north in California. This includes stops in Napa, putting passengers in the heart of wine country.

See Also: Train Ride of the Week: Napa Valley Wine Train

Merced – In the heart of central California, Merced provides a connection to the YARTS bus, which can take passengers into the Yosemite National Park in two hours. The route along Highway 140 stops at local hotels. If the train is slightly delayed, the bus will wait for 10-15 minutes. If heavily delayed, passengers with bus tickets are given preference on the next bus leaving Merced for the park.

Fresno – The center of the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California. It is home to the Chaffee Zoo and the Fresno Art Museum. There is also a bus connection to Yosemite National Park via Oakhurst provided by YARTS. Fresno is also located less than 80 miles from both Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Helpful Links:  Amtrak San Joaquin – https://www.amtrak.com/san-joaquins-train