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

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from LA Downtown to El Cajon FlixBus

$6 - $14

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Train  •  3 h 32 min

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

$36 - $75

Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$21 - $44

Drive  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to El Cajon 127.5 miles

$12 - $18

Fly, tram  •  3 h 24 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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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon is to bus which costs $6 - $14 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from LA Downtown and arriving at El Cajon. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and El Cajon is 115 miles. The road distance is 127.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $6 - $14.

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The bus from LA Downtown to El Cajon takes 3 h 10 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Los Angeles to El Cajon bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from LA Downtown station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon is to bus which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $6 - $14. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $80 and takes 3 h 32 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 44 min.

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Los Angeles to El Cajon bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at El Cajon station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to El Cajon.
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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 10 min

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

Flixbus USA operates a bus from Los Angeles to El Cajon once daily. Tickets cost $6 - $14 and the journey takes 3 h 10 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 42 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 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 Middletown Station to El Cajon Transit Center
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to El Cajon
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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 Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to El Cajon is 127 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to drive from Los Angeles to El Cajon.

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

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Book your Los Angeles to El Cajon bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 467+ hotels available in El Cajon. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs .

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