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University Of California, Merced – Transportation & Parking Services Mission Statement:
Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is committed to providing safe and reliable parking and transit services for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. TAPS supports the mission of the University through a collaborative effort that emphasizes integrity, fairness, cooperation, professionalism and respect.

TAPS is a firm believer in international studies.  We do suggest that you use the closest transportation available to Merced.  We would like to suggest flying into Modesto City-County Airport and taking a taxi to your destination.  We would also like to suggest using Amtrak; if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the TAPS helpdesk at (209) 228-8277.


Modesto International Airport

Fresno International Airport

Mineta San Jose International Airport

San Francisco International Airport


Modesto International Airport

617 Airport Way
Modesto, CA 95354   
(209) 577-5318
Distance: Approximately 38.48 Miles / 44 minutes

The following has been copied from the Modesto Airport Website, to view this information please visit the following website:

Modesto City County MOD Airport Taxi & Limo Tips
For convenience sake, there is nothing better than arriving to Modesto City County Airport after a long flight, getting your bag at baggage claim, and walking outside to the MOD airport taxi stand.  However, if you’re new to the area, make sure you inquire before hand with the cab driver to get an approximation of the fare.

We would like to suggest that you make prior reservations with a Taxi company of your choice.  Below is a list of Taxi services in the Modesto Area. 

Yellow Cab Co. of Modesto            (209) 544-8294
A Metro Cab Co. of Modesto          (209) 523-3333
Quality Cab                                 (209) 552-9898
City Cab                                      (209) 818-4144
Metro Cab                                   (209) 830-9999
Red Top Taxi                                (209) 524-4741 or (209) 599-4715

Other alternative Transportation from Modesto Airport to Merced:
Train Service- Modesto Amtrak Station to Merced Amtrak Station.
You will still need to reserve a cab to take you to the Modesto Amtrak Station, as well as make reservations for Amtrak Service.  To make reservations with Amtrak, please call

Fresno International Airport
4995 E Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 621-4500
Distance: Approximately 62.31 miles / 1 hour & 5 minutes

Fresno International Airport is located roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes away from UC Merced.  At this time, there are no shuttle services running from Fresno to UC Merced on a daily basis.  There are however, Taxis that will drive to Merced. 

Below you will find a list of Taxi services approved by the Fresno International Airport.  In order to obtain Taxi service, reservations must be made with the Taxi service of your choice, which they will inform you the fare cost as well.

List of approved Taxis for Fresno International Airport

A-1 Taxi Cab                                (559) 433-9111
Acalpulco Cab                              (559) 270-2320 
Alpha Cab                                   (559) 442-1245
American Yellow Cab                    (559) 222-2223
Azteca Del Oro Cab                      (559) 266-6961
Bulldog Cab                                 (559) 485-6000
City Cab                                      (559) 228-8282
Faretta Cab                                  (559) 275-9000
Fiesta Cab                                    (559) 233-7711
Fresno Cab                                   (559) 301-5579
Golden Express Cab                      (559) 233-2222
Checker Cab                                 (559) 449-8294
Mexico Cab                                   (559) 266-5532
N.A.S Liberty Cab                          (559) 960-5165
Pacific Cab                                    (559) 299-0006
Star Yellow Cab                             (559) 237-8888
Taxi El Cora                                   (559) 233-4925
USA Cab                                       (559) 222-5588
Yellow Cab                                    (559) 442-1020
Yellow Cab USA                             (559) 222-2213
Yosemite Cab                                (559) 268-1212

Other options for Arrival from Fresno International Airport:

Train Service- Fresno Amtrak Station to Merced Amtrak Station.
You will still need to reserve a cab to take you to the Fresno Amtrak Station, as well as make reservations for Amtrak Service. 

Important Phone Numbers and Website Information:
Or please call 1-800-USA-RAIL to place a reservation with Amtrak California.

Mineta San Jose International Airport
1732 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 277-4759
Distance: Approximately 119.30 Miles / 2 hours & 7 minutes

Taxis are stationed at the airport for on-demand service.  They are accessible from Terminal A and Terminal C.

Note: The Taxi stand at Terminal A is now located curbside, outside the south exit of the baggage claim area at Terminal A.

In addition to the on demand service available at each terminal, taxis are available on a prearranged basis.  Please contact the company of your choice to schedule reservations.

All Star Cab                                    (408) 977-1111
Alpha Cab                                      (408) 295-9500
American Cab                                 (408) 988-3300
California Cab                                 (408) 295-9500
Checker Cab                                   (408) 293-1234
City Cab Company                          (408) 998-3333
Executive Cab                                (408) 988-1111
Green Cab                                     (408) 573-7777
Milpitas Cab                                   (408) 945-8500
National Cab                                  (408) 436-0999
Rainbow Cab                                  (408) 271-9900
United Taxicab                                (408) 971-1111
USA Express Cab                            (866) 441-6300
Yellow Checker Cab                         (408) 777-7777

In addition, if you would like to use Amtrak Service from Mineta San Jose International Airport, you will need Taxi Service to take you to the Train Station.  Please call ahead and arrange for a Taxi to pick you up from the Airport to the Train Station. 

To make Reservations for Amtrak, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL to book a reservation.


San Francisco International Airport
Highway 101
San Francisco, CA 94128
(650) 821-8211
Distance: Approximately 131.16 miles / 2 hours & 18 minutes

The San Francisco International Airport offers different public transit systems to Merced.  You may arrange for a Taxi to pick you up from the Airport; or you may book a reservation with Amtrak by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, if you decide to do this, you will still need a Taxi to take you to the Amtrak Station.

Taxis depart from the designated taxi zones located at the roadway center islands, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals.
Uniformed taxi coordinators are stationed at the taxi zones from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. to assist passengers with questions or concerns.
International Terminal level 2, Taxis are located in the Arrivals/Baggage Claim, center island transportation zone.
List of Taxis for San Francisco:
Yellow Cab Company                    (650) 558-1111
The Taxi Cab                               (415) 333-3310
Metro Cab                                   (650) 355-9200
Serra Yellow Cab                          (650) 991-3881
ABC Taxi                                     (415) 206-1873
Airport Yellow Cab                        (650) 363-0330
49ERS Cab Company                    (415) 333-3353
All City Yellow Cab                        (650) 324-9991
All Star Yellow Cab                       (650) 692-9595