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MERCURY Conference Travel and Schedule Information


Schedule Information: 

July 14th - Travel Day and Check-In for MOLSSI Workshop

July 15th - MOLSSI Workshop (all day)

July 16th - MOLSSI Workshop (all day), Travel day and Check-in for MERCURY Conference

July 17th - Choose Your Own California Adventure Day and Opening Dinner at 6:30pm

  • Santa Cruz (distance from UC Merced is 129 miles with a drive time of approx. 2.5 hours) 
  • Monterey (distance from UC Merced is 128 miles with a drive time of approx. 2.5 hours)
  • Pinnacles National Park (distance from UC Merced is 117 miles with a drive time of approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Yosemite National Park (distance from UC Merced is 76 miles with a drive time of approx. 1.5 hours)

July 18th - MERCURY Conference Begins 

July 19th - MERCURY Conference Cont. (1/2 day with check-out)

Travel Information: 

As you begin your travel to UC Merced, located in the central valley of Calfornia, we want to provide some options to help you navigate your travel.


Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)

5175 E. Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 621-4500
Approximate Distance: ~62.31 mi, 1 hr 5 min

Sacramento (SMF)

6900 Airport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95837
(408) 392-3600
Approximate Distance: ~133 mi, 2 hr 10 min

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

1701 Airport Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 392-3600
Approximate Distance: ~119.3 mi, 2 hr 7 min


Rental Car: The easiest and most convenient route from the airport to UC Merced will be a car or shuttle rental from your arriving airport. 

Amtrak: The train is one of the best ways to travel throughout the state of California. In addition to being a low-cost option -- which is ideal for students. The Merced Amtrak station is located at 324 W. 24 St and you can visit the sit here:

Hotel Information: 

While on-campus housing is included in your registration fees, we understand that you may want to stay off-campus. Please find some of our suggested hotels listed below. 

El Capitan Hotel 

609 W. Main Street
Merced, CA. 95301

Courtyard Marriot

750 Motel Drive
Merced, CA. 95341