There are 5 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon by plane, tram, bus, train or car

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Fly, tram  •  2 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN
  2. Take the tram from Middletown Station to El Cajon Transit Center

$113 - $344

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Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown to El Cajon, CA 2052

$21 - $31

3 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station LAX to Long Beach
  2. Take the bus from Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9483 / ...

$35 - $70

Train  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner

$39 - $86

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon 131.7 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon is to drive which costs $12 - $19 and takes 2 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon is to fly and tram which costs $110 - $350 and takes 2 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at El Cajon via Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se, Long Beach, Ca and San Diego, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and El Cajon is 116 miles. The road distance is 131.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 50 min and costs $35 - $70.

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It takes approximately 2 h 3 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon is to bus which takes 4 h 50 min and costs $35 - $70. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $90 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 48 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at El Cajon, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon.
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  • Distance: 115.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 3 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and El Cajon, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon via Downtown Long Beach Station, Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Ne, Long Beach, Ca, and San Diego, Ca in around 4 h 50 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 44 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from Middletown Station to El Cajon Transit Center
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 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
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
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 Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown to El Cajon, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon is 132 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 26 min to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to El Cajon.

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

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There are 450+ hotels available in El Cajon. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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