Amtrak San Joaquins train

Explore the San Joaquins

Yosemite is Only a Train Ride Away

Home to giant sequoia trees, sky-scraping rock formations and North America’s highest waterfall, Yosemite is the trip of a lifetime. The San Joaquins is your connection to the park’s unforgettable views, trails and lakes, plus the surrounding scenic wineries, historic hotels and more.

Need another reason to ride? Your trip on Amtrak will consume less energy and produce less harmful pollutants than travel by car or air. When you arrive at Yosemite, shuttle services can take you throughout the park.

San Francisco to Yosemite

Let Amtrak whisk you from the bustling streets of San Francisco to the serenity and majesty of Yosemite National Park. With easy transfers to our Thruway Coach Bus Service, Amtrak will zip you past the traffic and take you right to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in just a few hours. Your park entry fee is included and you don’t have to struggle to find a parking spot. Bring your bike along for the ride and see this national treasure in new and exciting ways. 

Are you ready to roll? Start planning your trip now.

East Bay to Yosemite

With stops in several East Bay cities, including Emeryville, Richmond and Stockton, the San Joaquins service will take you all the way from Oakland’s waterfront to the waterfalls of Yosemite National Park. Bring your bike aboard for a different view of the park’s meadows and valleys while marveling at the majesty of Half Dome and El Capitan. Enjoy a seamless transfer to our Thruway Coach Bus Service at Merced and before you know it, you’ll be at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. You’ll skip the traffic and parking hassles, plus your park entry fee is included.

Are you ready for your ticket to ride? Let’s start planning your trip now.

Getting There from San Francisco

Southbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
San Francisco (SFC) to Emeryville (EMY)
7:05 am 7:35 am 9:25 am 9:55 am 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Transfer to Train:
Emeryville (EMY) to Merced (MCD)
7:45 am 10:37 am 10:05 am 12:51 pm 2:40 pm 5:35 pm
Transfer to Thruway:
Merced (MCD) to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV)
11:00 am
1:21 pm
1:30 pm
4:00 pm
5:45 pm
8:22 pm

Northbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV) to Merced (MCD)
9:24 am 12:27 pm 3:50 pm 6:27 pm 5:55 pm 8:27 pm
Transfer to Train:
Merced (MCD) to Emeryville (EMY)
1:31 pm 4:28 pm 6:47 pm 9:46 pm    
Transfer to Train:
Emeryville (EMY) to Stockton (SKT)
        9:25 pm 10:34 pm
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Emeryville (EMY) to San Francisco (SFC) 
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
11:15 pm
11:40 pm
   
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Stockton (SKT) to San Francisco (SFC) 
        10:40 pm 12:40 am

Getting There from the East Bay

Southbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Oakland (OKJ)
7:35 am   9:55 am   2:30 pm  
Emeryville (EMY)
7:45 am   10:05 am   2:40 pm
 
Richmond (RIC)
7:54 am
  10:14 am
  2:49 pm
 
Martinez (MTZ)
8:24 am
  10:44 am
  3:19 pm
 
Antioch (ACA)
8:44 am
  11:04 am
  3:39 pm
 
Merced (MCD)
  10:37 am
  12:51 pm
  5:35 pm
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Merced (MCD) to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV)
11:00 am
1:21 pm
1:30 pm
4:00 pm
5:45 pm
8:22 pm

Northbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV) to Merced (MCD)
9:42 am 12:27 pm 3:50 pm 6:27 pm 5:55 pm 8:27 pm
Transfer to Train:
Merced (MCD)
1:31 pm   6:47 pm   9:25 pm 10:34 pm
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Stockton (SKT) to Oakland (OKJ)
        10:40 pm
 
Antioch (ACA)
  3:16 pm
  8:35 pm
   
Martinez (MTZ)
  3:44 pm
  8:59 pm
   
Richmond (RIC)
  4:09 pm
  9:25 pm
   
Emeryville (EMY)
  4:28 pm
  9:46 pm
   
Oakland (OKJ)
  4:40 pm
  9:58 pm
  12:05 am

Sacramento to Yosemite

Let Amtrak take you from California’s capitol dome to Half Dome. Skip the traffic and enjoy seamless service right to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center with one easy transfer to our Thruway Coach Bus Service. Your park entry fee is included so you can skip the lines and parking hassles. Just a few hours after leaving the capital city, you’ll be marveling at the towering sequoias and pounding waterfalls of the park John Muir called the grandest of all the special temples of nature.”

Are you ready to jump aboard? Let’s get started planning your trip today.

SoCal to Yosemite

Leave the bright lights of L.A. for the starlit skies of Yosemite National Park. Amtrak will take you right from Los Angeles Union Station to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in just a few hours. Skip the traffic and enjoy the lush landscape of the San Joaquin Valley aboard our comfortable train coaches before transferring to our Thruway Coach Bus for the final leg of your journey. Your park entry fee is included and you won’t even have to search for a parking spot.

What are you waiting for? Let Amtrak take you (and your bike) from Sunset Boulevard to unforgettable sunsets in the shadow of El Capitan. Start planning your trip now.

Getting There from Sacramento

Southbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Sacramento (SAC) to Stockton (SKN)
7:25 am 8:20 am 10:10 am 11:20 am 3:05 pm 4:05 pm
Transfer to Train:
Stockton (SKN) to Merced (MCD)
9:25 am 10:37 am 11:37 am 12:51 am 4:21 pm 5:35 pm
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Merced (MCD) to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV)
11:00 am
1:21 pm
1:30 pm
4:00 pm
5:45 pm
8:22 pm

Northbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV) to Merced (MCD)
9:42 am 12:27 pm 4:25 pm 6:51 pm 5:55 pm 8:27 pm
Transfer to Train:
Merced (MCD) to Stockton (SKN) or Sacramento (SAC)
1:31 pm 2:43 pm 6:47 pm 8:02 pm 9:25 pm  
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Stockton (SKN) to Sacramento (SAC)
2:55 pm
4:10 pm
8:10 pm
9:05 pm
   
Sacramento (SAC)
          11:40 pm

Getting There from Southern California

Northbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Los Angeles Union Station  (LAX) to Bakersfield (BFD)
2:55 am 5:45 am 4:55 am 7:45 am 10:30 am 1:05 pm
Transfer to Train:
Bakersfield (BFD) to Merced (MCD)
6:00 am 5:58 am 8:00 am 11:08 am 1:25 pm 4:25 pm
Transfer to Thruway:
Merced (MCD) to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV)
11:00 am
1:21 pm
1:30 pm
4:00 pm
5:45 pm
8:22 pm

Southbound

  Trip #1 Trip #2 Trip #3
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Thruway Bus:
Merced (MCD) to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (YOV)
9:42 am 12:27 pm 4:25 pm 6:51 pm 5:55 pm 8:27 pm
Transfer to Train:
Merced (MCD) to Bakersfield (BFD)
12:51 pm 4:04 pm 7:19 pm 10:29 pm 8:55 pm 11:58 pm
Transfer to Thruway Bus:
Los Angeles Union Station (LAX) to Bakersfield (BFD)

4:10 pm
6:30 pm
10:30 pm
12:45 am
11:59 pm
2:20 am