There are 6 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos by train, tram, bus, car, shuttle or towncar

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Train, tram  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station Sprinter

$36 - $70

Cheapest option

Shuttle  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Los Angeles Airport to San Marcos

$16 - $75

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza LAX to Union Station
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Oceanside station Orange County Line

$24 - $30

Bus, line 302 bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
  2. Take the bus from Long Beach, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
  3. Take the line 302 bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Vista Transit Center 302 / ...

$26 - $44

Drive  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos 103.1 miles

$10 - $15

Towncar  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Take a town car from Los Angeles Airport to San Marcos 103.1 miles

$300 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos is to drive which costs $10 - $15 and takes 1 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos is to drive which costs $10 - $15 and takes 1 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at Mission Rd & Pico Av via First & Shelter G S, Long Beach, Ca, Oceanside Transit Center and Vista Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and San Marcos is 91 miles. The road distance is 103.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos without a car is to train and tram which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $35 - $70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 29 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos bus services, operated by LAX FlyAway, depart from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal station.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos bus services, operated by North County Transit, arrive at Vista Transit Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos is 103 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos.

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The nearest airport to San Marcos is San Diego (SAN) Airport which is 28.6 miles away. Other nearby airports include Tijuana (TIJ) (43 miles), Santa Ana (SNA) (54.9 miles), Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) (68.5 miles) and Los Angeles (LAX) (91 miles).

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 91 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 29 min

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

You can take a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Marcos via Downtown Long Beach Station, First & Shelter G S, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Ne, Long Beach, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, Oceanside Transit Center, and Vista Transit Center in around 5 h 30 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center 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
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Oceanside station
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
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
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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 Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $30
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Vista Transit Center
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
On demand
Shuttle from Los Angeles Airport to San Marcos
Estimated price
$16 - $75
Towncar from Los Angeles Airport to San Marcos
Estimated price
$300 - $410

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