Bakersfield
county seat of Kern County, California, United States
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Bakersfield is a city in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Bakersfield is famous for being the home of country music singers Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and has the nickname "the country music capital of the West Coast."
Understand
Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing larger cities in the United States. Bakersfield has a population of approximately 323,000 and a metropolitan area of approximately a half million. Bakersfield is also the birthplace of Korn, one of the best selling and most popular heavy metal bands of the last 25 years. Bakersfield has also produced its share of American football players such as Joey Porter, Frank Gifford, and David Carr. Bakersfield is a very conservative, religious city compared to most of the state.
Climate
Bakersfield
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See Bakersfield's 7 day forecast    Data from NOAA (1981-2010)
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Get in
Map of Bakersfield
By plane
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Meadows Field (BFL IATA) (11 mi (18 km) north of downtown Bakersfield along Hwy 204 & 99, at Exit #30 (Merle Haggard Dr) of Hwy 99). A major airport for commercial flights serving Bakersfield and the communities in the lower part of the San Joaquin Valley. he passenger terminal is on the opposite side of the runways from Hwy 99 via Merle Haggard Dr. It is served by:
(updated Apr 2020)
Meadows Field is also an international airport, although there are no international carriers. However, the airport is capable of handling international private planes, both arriving and departing.
Rental car facilities are available at the airport. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are available outside the terminal. There is no bus service to the airport.
The primary alternative for arrival by plane from more destinations, with multiple airlines is
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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX IATA) 120 mi (190 km) south in Los Angeles. Airport Valet Express, and Chennai Express provides direct bus service between LAX and Bakersfield. Other nearby airports are Bob Hope Airport (BUR IATA) 78 mi (126 km) south, in Burbank); and Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT IATA) 110 mi (180 km) north, in Fresno), both of which are accessible by Greyhound and Flixbus. See By bus in the below for a list of bus companies, including airport shuttle companies connecting Bakersfield to LAX and other cities in the San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
Private air service
Private aircraft that are traveling to Bakersfield can land either at Meadows Field, or
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Bakersfield Municipal Airport (in South Bakersfield). In addition, there are a variety of other general aviation airports in the region. These include: Delano Municipal Airport, Kern Valley Airport, Lost Hills Airport, Minner Field (Shafter), Taft Airport, Tehachapi Municipal Airport, and Wasco Airport.
By train
See also: Rail travel in the United States
Amtrak also serves Bakersfield, with a nice main terminal downtown. Bakersfield is the southern terminus of the San Joaquins route, which travels north through the Central Valley to either Sacramento or the Bay Area. Bakersfield is also served by a number of Amtrak Thruway bus routes, which connect San Joaquin passengers to many southern California cities, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Bakersfield railway station, 601 Truxtun Ave.
(updated Nov 2019)
By bus
Many bus lines pass through Bakersfield.
By car
Bakersfield is at the junction of California State Routes 99 and 58, about 25 mi (40 km) north of The Grapevine at the junction of CA-99 and Interstate 5 and about 115 miles north of Los Angeles
Get around
By car
Bakersfield is a car-based city with poor mass transit options, so driving your own car or renting one is probably wise. However, if you are intrepid and determined to save money, the city bus can be used.
By bus
By bike
Biking is not a typical mode of transit, but it can be done. However, most bike lanes are on arterial roads with multiple car lanes and high speed limits.
By taxi
Bakersfield Taxicabs, ☏ +1 661-374-2227. 80-100 taxicabs serving the greater Bakersfield area 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The rate for taxicab service in Bakersfield is $3.00 + $2.75 per mile. 
By foot
The downtown core of Bakersfield is very small and walkable, with shopping centers and parks.
See
Do
This city will never be a premier tourist destination, but there are things to do. Ethnic food and culture festivals - including Scottish, Indian, Basque, and Greek - occur in the spring and summer.
Buy
Large shopping centers and strip malls are abundant. Small, locally owned antique shops are found in the Downtown and Old Town areas.
Eat
There are numerous chain restaurants throughout the city and in its shopping centers, but there are also plenty of delicious local places to sample. Good Basque food is easy to find. Bakersfield has what is most likely the largest single cluster of Basque restaurants in California. --try Benji's, The Pyrenees or Woolgrowers. Italian food fans might enjoy Rosa's, Luigi's, or Uricchio's. There are several Thai restaurants that have opened in the last couple of years, while Japanese and Indian cuisines are popular as well.
Drink
Bakersfield's bar and club scene is primarily centered in the downtown area around the intersection of 19th St & Eye St, but most microbreweries are bit further out. There is a Brewery Trail with prizes after checking in at a few breweries.
Sleep
Stay safe
Bakersfield is a relatively safe city with a murder rate that has been on the decline since 2005. However, property theft and drug activity have seen a sharp increase within the city and there are certain parts of the city that are dangerous even during the daytime. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive (formerly named Lakeview Ave, and turns into Cottonwood Rd), Union Ave, parts of East Bakersfield and areas surrounding the Kern County fairgrounds and South High School are plagued by gang violence and can be very dangerous. The Bakersfield suburb of Oildale (which shares its borders with Bakersfield at the Kern River) has a bad reputation for racism and poverty. However, attitudes towards minorities have improved significantly over the years in Oildale, and the town is relatively safe (although not a tourist attraction).
Go next
Routes through Bakersfield
Sacramento / EmeryvilleWasco N 
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Santa MargaritaButtonwillow W 
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The GrapevineLos Angeles via
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