There are 3 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Marcos by train, tram, bus or car

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

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Train, tram  •  2 h 48 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

$15 - $61

2 alternative options

Bus, line 303 bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca 9455 / ...
  2. Take the line 303 bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Vista Transit Center 303 / ...

$17 - $36

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Marcos 98.9 miles

$9 - $14

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to San Marcos. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Mission Rd & Pico Av via Oceanside Transit Center and Vista Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 1 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and San Marcos is 89 miles. The road distance is 98.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Marcos without a car is to train and tram which takes 2 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to get from Los Angeles to San Marcos, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to San Marcos bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Los Angeles 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 to San Marcos is 99 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to drive from Los Angeles to San Marcos.

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There are 353+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 88.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and San Marcos, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to San Marcos via Oceanside, Ca, Oceanside Transit Center, and Vista Transit Center in around 4 h 1 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.

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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
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
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
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
Bus operators
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 Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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

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