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There are 6 ways to get from Dallas to San Diego by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Dallas  •  4h 55m

  1. Fly from Dallas (DAL) to San Diego (SAN) DAL - SAN

$188 - $561

Cheapest option

Fly from Dallas/Ft.Worth  •  5h 43m

  1. Fly from Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) to San Diego (SAN) DFW - SAN

$85 - $248

4 alternative options

Bus via San Antonio  •  23h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Dallas to San Antonio "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio to San Diego Tijuana Airport-Monterrey

$143 - $646

Bus  •  36h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Dallas to Indio "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Indio to San Diego Matamoros-Tijuana Airport by USA

$176 - $307

Train  •  47h 39m

  1. Take the train from Dallas to Los Angeles Texas Eagle
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles to San Diego Pacific Surfliner

$191 - $268

Drive  •  20h 52m

  1. Drive from Dallas to San Diego 1371.9 miles

$130 - $200

Dallas to San Diego by bus

The bus journey time between Dallas and San Diego is around 2 days 1h and covers a distance of around 1616 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 2 days 1h. Services are operated by Greyhound USA and Greyhound Mexico. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2 days 1h
Fastest bus time:
2 days 1h
Bus distance:
1616 miles
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
$176
Carbon emissions:
322 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
14:00
Last bus departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Dallas to San Diego bus schedules

Dallas → San Diego
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The cheapest way to get from Dallas to San Diego is to fly which costs $85 - $250 and takes 5h 43m.

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The fastest way to get from Dallas to San Diego is to fly. Taking this option will cost $180 - $600 and takes 4h 55m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dallas to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Dallas and arriving at San Diego via San Antonio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 51m.

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No, there is no direct train from Dallas to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Dallas and arriving at San Diego via Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47h 39m.

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The distance between Dallas and San Diego is 1188 miles. The road distance is 1371.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Dallas to San Diego without a car is to bus via San Antonio which takes 23h 51m and costs $140 - $650.

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It takes approximately 4h 55m to get from Dallas to San Diego, including transfers.

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Dallas to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Dallas station.

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Dallas to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Dallas station.

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The best way to get from Dallas to San Diego is to fly which takes 4h 55m and costs $180 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus via San Antonio, which costs $140 - $650 and takes 23h 51m, you could also train, which costs $190 - $270 and takes 47h 39m.

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Map of how to get from Dallas to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 1188 miles
  • Duration: 4h 55m

What companies run services between Dallas, TX, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Dallas to San Diego every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dallas to San Diego via San Antonio in around 23h 51m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Dallas to San Diego
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Dallas to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Dallas to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Dallas to San Diego via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Diego
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $470
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $470
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Dallas/Ft.Worth to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Dallas to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
43h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$160 - $230
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Premium
$440 - $650
Flexi Coach Seat
$330 - $490
Business Seat
$360 - $550
Train from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
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 Dallas to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85
Bus from Dallas to Indio
Ave. Duration
28h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$130 - $180
Flexible
$180 - $270
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
800 890 6821
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Antonio to San Diego
Ave. Duration
17h 56m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Indio to San Diego
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from Dallas Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Dallas to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at San Diego station.

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San Diego is 2h behind Dallas. It is currently 12:27 AM in Dallas and 10:27 PM in San Diego.

Dallas to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dallas to San Diego is 1372 miles. It takes approximately 20h 52m to drive from Dallas to San Diego.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Dallas Airport to San Diego Airport.

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The best way to get from Dallas to Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport is to tram which takes 51 min and costs $3.

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