There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Arcata by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Arcata/Eureka (ACV) SAN - ACV

$263 - $1,306

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Bus via Los Angeles, Ca  •  20 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Arcata, Ca

$88 - $231

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Train, bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  19 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak
  4. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Martinez, CA to Arcata, CA

Bus Flixbus USA  •  21 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego Mission Valley to Richmond BART
  2. Take the bus from Martinez Amtrak to Rio Dell-Scotia Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Hoby's Market, Scotia to Arcata Transit Center Rts

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  23 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Martinez, CA to Arcata, CA

Drive  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Arcata 780.1 miles

$75 - $110

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Arcata. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Arcata, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 29 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Arcata is 684 miles. The road distance is 780.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Arcata without a car is to train and bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 19 h 59 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to get from San Diego to Arcata, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Arcata is to fly which takes 5 h 39 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 20 h 29 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Arcata/Eureka Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 43 min and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Arcata is 780 miles. It takes approximately 13 h 18 min to drive from San Diego to Arcata.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Diego Airport to Arcata/Eureka Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Arcata.
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  • Distance: 684.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 39 min

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

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Diego to Arcata hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Arcata via Los Angeles, Ca and Oakland, Ca in around 20 h 29 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Arcata/Eureka via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Arcata/Eureka via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $330
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Martinez Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
Bus 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
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Martinez, CA to Arcata, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Martinez Amtrak to Rio Dell-Scotia Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Arcata, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego Mission Valley to Richmond BART
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Redwood Transit System
Phone
(707) 443-0826
Website
hta.org
Bus from Hoby's Market, Scotia to Arcata Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
hta.org

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