Explore 5 ways to travel

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Recommended option

Bus  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9465

$26 - $58

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, tram  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to San Diego, CA 5818
  2. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to El Cajon Transit Center Orange Line / ...

$3

4 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 33 min

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

$36 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to El Cajon 127.5 miles

$12 - $18

Fly to San Diego, tram  •  3 h 48 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

$115 - $356

Fly to El Centro, bus  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to El Centro (IPL) LAX - IPL
  2. Take the bus from El Centro, Ca to El Cajon

$72 - $186

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and El Cajon, CA, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Los Angeles to El Cajon hourly. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 20 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles to El Cajon every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 43 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Mokulele
Website
mokuleleairlines.com
Flights from Los Angeles to El Centro
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 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
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from America Plaza Station to El Cajon Transit Center
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Tram from Middletown Station to El Cajon Transit Center
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from El Centro, Ca to El Cajon
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$28 - $40

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Los Angeles and El Cajon is 184 km. The road distance is 204 km.

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon is to Amtrak Thruway and tram which costs $3 and takes 3 h 42 min.

The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon is to drive which takes 2 h 12 min and costs $12 - $18.

No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to El Cajon. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at El Cajon via San Diego, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 14 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon, including transfers.