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There are 3 ways to get from Irvine to San Marcos by train, tram or car

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Train Metrolink Trains, tram  •  2h 8m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to Oceanside station Orange County Line / ...
  2. Take the tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station Sprinter

$11 - $14

2 alternative options

Train Amtrak, tram  •  2h 49m

  1. Take the train from Irvine Amtrak Station to Oceanside Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station Sprinter

$12 - $54

Drive  •  1h 3m

  1. Drive from Irvine to San Marcos 61.5 miles

$6 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Irvine to San Marcos is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Irvine to San Marcos is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1h 3m.

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The distance between Irvine and San Marcos is 53 miles. The road distance is 61.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to San Marcos without a car is to train and tram which takes 2h 8m and costs $11 - $14.

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It takes approximately 2h 8m to get from Irvine to San Marcos, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Irvine to San Marcos is 62 miles. It takes approximately 1h 3m to drive from Irvine to San Marcos.

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There are 415+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 52.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 8m

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

There is no direct connection from Irvine to San Marcos. However, you can take the train to Oceanside station, take the walk to Oceanside Transit Center, then take the tram to San Marcos Civic Center Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Irvine to San Marcos via Irvine Station-Dock 5, Irvine Amtrak Station, Oceanside Amtrak Station, and Oceanside Transit Center in around 2h 49m.

Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to Oceanside station
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Irvine station to Oceanside station
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 Oceanside Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
46m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190

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