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There are 9 ways to get from Philadelphia to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Philadelphia  •  7h 33m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Diego (SAN) PHL - SAN

$159 - $662

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Train to Newark, fly  •  8h 32m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Diego (SAN) EWR - SAN

$64 - $573

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Train to Baltimore, fly  •  8h 17m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (SAN) BWI - SAN

$141 - $561

Train to New York JFK, fly  •  9h 9m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to New York Penn Station
  2. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to San Diego (SAN) JFK - SAN

$133 - $532

Train to Washington Dulles, fly  •  10h 8m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to New Carrollton Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Diego (SAN) IAD - SAN

$204 - $810

Train via Washington  •  2 days 19h

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
  4. Take the train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$332 - $540

Bus  •  2 days 19h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Los Angeles, Ca 1683
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$291 - $393

Train  •  3 days 1h

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$323 - $466

Drive  •  43h 39m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to San Diego 2751 miles

$260 - $390

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to San Diego is to train and fly which costs $60 - $600 and takes 8h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to San Diego is to fly which costs $150 - $700 and takes 7h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 19h.

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No, there is no direct train from Philadelphia station to San Diego. However, there are services departing from 30th Street Train Station and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via UNION STATION station, Rockville Amtrak, Chicago Union Station and Fullerton Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 19h.

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The distance between Philadelphia and San Diego is 2382 miles. The road distance is 2751 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to San Diego without a car is to train via Washington which takes 2 days 19h and costs $330 - $550.

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It takes approximately 7h 33m to get from Philadelphia to San Diego, including transfers.

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Philadelphia to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Philadelphia, Pa station.

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Philadelphia to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from 30th Street Train Station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to San Diego is to fly which takes 7h 33m and costs $150 - $700. Alternatively, you can train via Washington, which costs $330 - $550 and takes 2 days 19h, you could also bus, which costs $290 - $400 and takes 2 days 19h.

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  • Distance: 2381.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 33m

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

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Philadelphia to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Philadelphia to San Diego via Washington Union Station, UNION STATION station, ROCKVILLE station, Rockville Amtrak, Chicago Union Station, and Fullerton Amtrak Station in around 2 days 19h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,900
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,000
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 34m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from 30th Street Train Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$45 - $90
Business Class Seat
$70 - $130
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $80
Business Class Seat
$65 - $120
Train from 30th Street Train Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Class Seat
$65 - $130
Train from 30th Street Train Station to New Carrollton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$45 - $95
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
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 30th Street Train Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from 30th Street Train Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from 30th Street Train Station to New Carrollton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
42h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $280
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$450 - $650
Train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
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 Philadelphia, Pa to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 16h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$270 - $370
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$270 - $370
Flexible
$370 - $550
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $27
Flexible
$35 - $55

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 33m.

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

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San Diego is 3h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 8:34 AM in Philadelphia and 5:34 AM in San Diego.

Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia to San Diego is 2751 miles. It takes approximately 43h 39m to drive from Philadelphia to San Diego.

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United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to San Diego Airport.

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Book your Philadelphia to San Diego train tickets online with Omio, Omio and Omio.

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Book your Philadelphia to San Diego bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 1356+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 27 min and costs $7.

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