There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $75

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to LA Downtown FlixBus

$8 - $16

3 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...

$18 - $45

Drive  •  2 h 6 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles 121.3 miles

$11 - $18

Fly  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX

$108 - $350

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Los Angeles, Ca. Services depart every 10 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 58 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is 112 miles. The road distance is 121.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles without a car is to train which takes 2 h 58 min and costs .

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The train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak takes 2 h 58 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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San Diego to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles is to train which takes 2 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 20 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 48 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 53 min.

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San Diego to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 112.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 58 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Los Angeles, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Los Angeles every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 58 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Los Angeles every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $18 - $45 and the journey takes 3 h 20 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Diego to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Los Angeles is 121 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 6 min to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles.

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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