There are 8 ways to get from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad by train, bus, taxi, car, towncar or shuttle

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  •  1 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego - Old Town to Carlsbad Village Station Coaster / ...

$4 - $48

7 alternative options

Line 992 bus, bus, line 101 bus  •  1 h 55 min

  1. Take the line 992 bus from Lindbergh Field & Terminal 1 to Broadway & State St 992
  2. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
  3. Take the line 101 bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Carlsbad Village Station 101

$14 - $28

Line 30 bus, line 101 bus  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the line 30 bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Gilman Dr & Myers Dr 30 / ...
  2. Take the line 101 bus from Gilman Dr & Myers Dr to Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av 101

$6 - $8

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad 35.8 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad 35.8 miles

$3 - $6

Towncar  •  39 min

  1. Take a town car from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad 35.8 miles

$110 - $170

Shuttle  •  39 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad

$16 - $75

Uber  •  39 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad 35.8 miles

$45 - $60

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad station. However, there are services departing from Lindbergh Field & Terminal 1 and arriving at Carlsbad Village Station via San Diego, Ca and Oceanside Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 55 min.

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The distance between San Diego Airport (SAN) and Carlsbad is 31 miles. The road distance is 35.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad without a car is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 54 min to get from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad, including transfers.

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San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad bus services, operated by San Diego Metro Transit, depart from Lindbergh Field & Terminal 1 station.

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The best way to get from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 992 bus and bus and line 101 bus, which costs and takes 1 h 55 min.

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San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad bus services, operated by North County Transit, arrive at Carlsbad Village Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad is 36 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad.

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There are 322+ hotels available in Carlsbad. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad.
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  • Distance: 30.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 54 min

What companies run services between San Diego Airport (SAN), USA and Carlsbad, CA, USA?

North County Transit operates a train from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad every 2 hours. Tickets cost $2 and the journey takes 51 min. Amtrak also services this route 4 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad via Broadway & State St, San Diego, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, and Oceanside Transit Center in around 1 h 55 min.

Train operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Old Town to Carlsbad Village Station
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 San Diego Old Town Transportation Center to Carlsbad Amtrak
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Bus from Lindbergh Field & Terminal 1 to Broadway & State St
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Gilman Dr & Myers Dr
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Carlsbad Village Station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus from Gilman Dr & Myers Dr to Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Other operators
Uber San Diego
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$40 - $55
Assist
$45 - $60
Español
$45 - $60
uberX
$45 - $60
WAV
$45 - $60
UberXL
$65 - $90
Select
$95 - $120
Black
$130 - $170
UberSUV
$170 - $210
Taxi from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Carlsbad
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Orange Cab
Phone
+1 619-291-3333
Website
orangecabsandiego.net
Jayride
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Shuttle from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad
Estimated price
$16 - $75

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