Bakersfield is a city in the Central Valley of California.
North towards Sacramento, San Francisco (I-5 and CA-99) and South towards Los Angeles (I-5)
- Wheeler Ridge Truck Stop
There is a public bus X92 from Downtown Bakersfield to Tejon Ranch and the truck stop, unfortunately there are just a few a day and only Monday till Friday. Buses leave the Transit Center which is located on the corner of Chester Avenue and 22nd Street at 3.50 am, 5.55 am, 7.55 am, 9.55 am, 12.30 pm, 5.15 pm and 10.30 pm. It takes around one hour and ten minutes to get there. Single ride costs $3. Once at the truck stop you can ask around or hitch at onramps, they have wide shoulders to pull over.
- 24 Seven Travel Plaza
From Downtown Transit Center take bus 45 to Foothill and get off at the last stop. From there walk south along Morning Drive till you get to the freeway. There is enough space to pull over at onramp. It's a big truck stop with many diners so it should be possible to hitch a ride in other directions like LA or San Francisco, especially that buses operate more frequently. Monday to Friday there are two buses per hour between 6.25 am and 9.55 pm. On weekends there are also two buses per hour between 6.55 am and 6.25 pm. Single ride costs $1.50.
The exit for the 24 Seven Travel Plaza is closed, you cannot reach the TP or hitchhike from here! (04/22/2019)
Public transit in Bakersfield is decent enough, unfortunately not much information can be found at bus stops. For more info go to GETbus website.