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There are 7 ways to get from Oakland to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Oakland  •  3h 15m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN

$91 - $363

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  12h 39m

  1. Take the bus from W Oakland BART to San Diego FlixBus

$22 - $36

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Fly from San Francisco  •  3h 38m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN

$79 - $323

Train to San Jose, fly  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Clara Amtrak
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN

$102 - $381

Bus Greyhound USA  •  12h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$60 - $148

Train  •  16h 3m

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$102 - $268

Drive  •  8h 11m

  1. Drive from Oakland to San Diego 493.7 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Oakland to San Diego is to bus which costs $21 - $40 and takes 12h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Oakland to San Diego is to fly which costs $90 - $370 and takes 3h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Oakland to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Oakland, Ca and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 42m.

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No, there is no direct train from Oakland station to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Oakland Jack London Square Station and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 3m.

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The distance between Oakland and San Diego is 457 miles. The road distance is 493.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Oakland to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 12h 39m and costs $21 - $40.

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It takes approximately 3h 15m to get from Oakland to San Diego, including transfers.

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Oakland to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oakland, Ca station.

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Oakland to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Oakland Jack London Square Station.

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The best way to get from Oakland to San Diego is to fly which takes 3h 15m and costs $90 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $21 - $40 and takes 12h 39m, you could also train, which costs $100 - $270 and takes 16h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Oakland to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 457.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 15m

What companies run services between Oakland, CA, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines fly from Oakland to San Diego every 2 hours. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from Oakland to San Diego once daily. Tickets cost $18 - $30 and the journey takes 11h 15m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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 Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
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
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from W Oakland BART to San Diego
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
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 Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Oakland to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Oakland to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Oakland to San Diego is 494 miles. It takes approximately 8h 11m to drive from Oakland to San Diego.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Oakland Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1146+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Oakland to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 44m and costs $7 - $10.

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