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

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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  •  4 h 16 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 Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $70

Drive  •  1 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to San Diego Zoo 82.3 miles

$8 - $12

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

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

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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.

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The distance between Irvine and San Diego Zoo is 76 miles. The road distance is 82.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo without a car is to Amtrak Thruway which takes 3 h 30 min and costs .

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

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Irvine to San Diego Zoo bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Irvine, CA station.

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The best way to get from Irvine to San Diego Zoo is to Amtrak Thruway which takes 3 h 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $70 and takes 3 h 48 min.

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Irvine to San Diego Zoo bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Irvine to San Diego Zoo is 82 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 26 min to drive from Irvine to San Diego Zoo.

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  • Distance: 75.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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 54 min.

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 Irvine Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Irvine, CA to San Diego, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Ana, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35

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