The Amtrak San Joaquins trains are a great way to travel throughout and see 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 include Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Martinez, and Fresno. Easy Thruway bus connections to San Francisco are made at Emeryville.
Temporary Schedule And Service Changes To The Amtrak San Joaquins Schedule
Below is the link to Amtrak’s page informing passengers of service or station changes, often only temporary. It doesn’t hurt to check before and after you book, especially before leaving for the station.
The Amtrak San Joaquins Basics
Find out the basis of the San Joaquins so you are ready for your next trip.
Equipment Used The San Joaquins
The San Joaquins uses two-level (or bi-level) and single-level equipment using California or long-distance Superliners.
The San Joaquins offers Coach seating, which features comfortable seats, a fold-down tray, individual reading lights, and 120v electric outlets.
Some train sets may have seats that face each other with a table between them.
This train does not offer business class.
Wi-fi & Entertainment
Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on this train. While free, it does have some restrictions, for it can throttle or not allow streaming. You may not be able to download or upload large files.
This train does not offer streaming entertainment, but here are some entertainment ideas for you.
Amtrak Connecting Service
Amtrak Thruway Service offers connecting transportation to destinations like Bakersfield and Long Beach.
The Cafe Car
The cafe car offers a variety of hot and cold meals, snacks, and beverages. Adult beverages are also sold.
Conductors and the cafe car attendant will let you know when it is open and its location, generally at the one end of the train.
You can consume your purchases in the cafe or at your seat.
Bringing Food On The Amtrak San Joaquins
Amtrak allows you to bring personal food and drink aboard the train. You can only consume what you obtained at your seat, but not in the cafe.
While you can bring alcohol on the train, you can’t consume it on the rails. If you get caught drinking your own or get out of hand, you can be removed from the train.
Carry-On/Trainside bicycles: You can bring up to 50 lbs. Standard bicycle sizes apply. Maximum tire width: 2″. Check the link for details. And bike service may not be available at all stations, which can change anytime.
Pets are not permitted on this train.
This train does not offer a checked bag service.
Each passenger may carry on:
- One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and
- Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
- If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each.
Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.
Amtrak San Joaquins Schedule
This train offers connection services, including San Fransico, Los Angeles, and other intermediate stops. The PDF below this schedule includes connecting services.
Amtrak San Joaquins Schedule Northbound
|Bakersfield, CA (BFD)||4:12a||8:12a||12:12p||2:12p||4:12p||6:12p||0|
|Wasco, CA (WAC)||4:39a||8:39a||12:39p||2:39p||4:39p||6:39p||25|
|Corcoran, CA (COC)||5:14a||9:14a||1:19p||3:19p||5:19p||7:19p||63|
|Hanford, CA (HNF)||5:34a||9:34a||1:39p||3:39p||5:39p||7:39p||80|
|Fresno, CA (FNO)||6:12a||10:16a||2:16p||4:16p||6:16p||8:16p||110|
|Madera, CA (MDR)||6:38a||10:42a||2:42p||4:42p||6:42p||8:42p||136|
|Merced, CA (MCD)||7:13a | 7:23a||11:13a | 11:23a||3:13p | 3:23p||5:13p | 5:23p||7:13p | 7:23p||9:15p | 9:19p||168|
|Turlock-Denair, CA (TRK)||7:45a||11:45a||3:45p||5:45p||7:45p||9:41p||192|
|Modesto, CA (MOD)||8:03a||12:03p||4:03p||6:03p||8:03p||9:57p||204|
|Stockton, CA – San Joaquin Street Station (SKN)||8:40a||12:40p||4:40p||6:40p||8:40p||10:29p||233|
|Antioch-Pittsburg, CA (ACA)||9:08a||1:08p||5:09p||7:08p||9:08p||—||264|
|Martinez, CA (MTZ)||9:31a||1:31p||5:32p||7:32p||9:31p||—||283|
|Richmond, CA (RIC)||9:55a||1:55p||5:56p||7:56p||9:57p||—||302|
|Emeryville, CA (EMY)||10:10a||2:15p||6:15p||8:16p||10:20p||—||310|
|Oakland, CA – Jack London Square Station (OKJ)||10:28a||2:28p||6:28p||8:31p||10:30p||—||315|
|Lodi, CA (LOD)||—||—||—||—||—||10:44p||249|
|Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Valley Station (SAC)||—||—||—||—||—||11:35p||285|
Amtrak San Joaquins Schedule Southbound
|Sacramento, CA (SAC) |
Sacramento Valley Station
|Lodi, CA (LOD)||7:04a||—||—||—||—||—||36|
|Stockton, CA (SKT)|
Robert J. Cabral Station
|Oakland, CA (OKJ)|
Jack London Square Station
|Emeryville, CA (EMY)||—||7:46a||9:46a||11:46a||1:46p||5:46p||5|
|Richmond, CA (RIC)||—||7:54a||9:54a||11:55a||1:55p||5:54p||13|
|Martinez, CA (MTZ)||—||8:25a||10:25a||12:25p||2:25p||6:25p||32|
|Antioch-Pittsburg, CA (ACA)||—||8:50a||10:50a||12:50p||2:50p||6:50p||51|
|Stockton, CA (SKN)|
San Joaquin Street Station
|Modesto, CA (MOD)||7:56a||7:56a||11:56a||1:56p||3:56p||7:56p||111|
|Turlock-Denair, CA (TRK)||8:12a||8:12a||12:12p||2:12p||4:09p||8:09p||123|
|Merced, CA (MCD)||8:35a | 8:45a||8:35a | 8:45a||12:35p | 12:45p||2:35p | 2:45p||4:35p | 4:45p||8:35p | 8:45p||147|
|Madera, CA (MDR)||9:19a||9:19a||1:19p||3:19p||5:19a||9:19p||179|
|Fresno, CA (FNO)||9:49a||9:49a||1:49p||3:49p||5:49p||9:49p||205|
|Hanford, CA (HNF)||10:24a||10:24a||2:24p||4:24p||6:24p||10:24p||235|
|Corcoran, CA (COC)||10:41a||10:41a||2:40p||4:40p||6:40p||10:40p||252|
|Wasco, CA (WAC)||11:20a||11:20a||3:17p||5:17p||7:17p||11:12p||290|
|Bakersfield, CA (BFD)||11:57a||11:57a||3:57p||5:57p||7:57p||11:57p||315|
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