There are 4 ways to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo by bus, train or car

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Recommended option

Amtrak Thruway  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Irvine, CA to San Diego, CA 5818

Cheapest option

Line 59 bus, bus  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the line 59 bus from University-Ent 3773 Mariposa Villa to The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 59
  2. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$19 - $45

2 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Irvine Transportation Center Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $70

Drive  •  1 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to San Diego Zoo 82.3 miles

$8 - $12

What companies run services between Irvine, CA, USA and San Diego Zoo, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a bus from Irvine to San Diego Zoo once daily, and the journey takes 1 h 35 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Irvine to San Diego Zoo every 2 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $60 and the journey takes 1 h 53 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Irvine Transportation Center Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from University-Ent 3773 Mariposa Villa to The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Ana, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Irvine and San Diego Zoo is 121 km. The road distance is 132 km.

The cheapest way to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo is to drive which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1 h 26 min.

The quickest way to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo is to drive which takes 1 h 26 min and costs $8 - $12.

No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to San Diego Zoo. However, there are services departing from Alton-West Yale Loop and arriving at Park Bl & Zoo Pl via Irvine, CA and Santa Fe Depot Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 30 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo, including transfers.