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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, tram  •  4 h 21 min

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

$30 - $61

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 303 bus  •  5 h 50 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 303 bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Vista Transit Center 303 / ...

$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

Questions & Answers

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 Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se, Long Beach, Ca, Oceanside Transit Center and Vista Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 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 21 min and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4 h 21 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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There are 366+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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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 21 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, Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Ne, Long Beach, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, Oceanside Transit Center, and Vista Transit Center in around 5 h 50 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
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 Long Beach, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $30
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Long Beach to Oceanside
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Vista Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 10 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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