San Joaquins

  • San Francisco Bay Area / Sacramento
  • Bakersfield / Southern California
6 hours 15 minutes Multiple Departures Daily

The San Joaquins provides a great way to connect your travel throughout California and the San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley is California's premier agricultural region, bordered on the west by the coastal mountain ranges, and on the east by California's magnificent Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National Parks. The San Joaquins runs multiple times daily between the San Francisco Bay Area (or Sacramento) and Bakersfield, where Amtrak Thruway buses connect you to great Southern California destinations. Other stops along the way include Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Martinez and Fresno. Easy Thruway bus connections to San Francisco are made at Emeryville.

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We've put together a special San Joaquins portal to help you find the best places to go using the San Joaquins, including how to get there by train or our extensive Thruway bus connections.

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Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train. 

Accommodations vary by train.

Make the San Joaquins your connection to other destinations. At Bakersfield, you can connect to Santa Barbara, CA, Las Vegas, NVLos Angeles, CAPalm Springs, CA and more. Amtrak takes care of booking and ticketing, so you can see more and do more on your trip.

San Joaquins Cafe Menu

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

Travel to the doorstep of four of America’s greatest national parks. Gaze in wonder beneath the towering giants in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Bask in the shadow of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Travel from the lush green fields of the fertile San Joaquin Valley to the prismatic desert colors at Death Valley National Park. From almond groves to peach orchards, let the farm-fresh bounty spoil your senses.

“I’d prob’y be in California right now a-eatin’ grapes an’ a-pickin’ an orange when I wanted.” — John Steinbeck