There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Bakersfield by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 1420 / ...

$35 - $80

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego Mission Valley to Bakersfield FlixBus

$15 - $26

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Night bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Bakersfield Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Bakersfield 233.3 miles

$22 - $35

Fly to Bakersfield  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Bakersfield (BFL) SAN - BFL

$229 - $1,038

Fly to Los Angeles, bus  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield

$142 - $418

Fly to Santa Barbara, bus  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SAN - SBA
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Bakersfield is to bus which costs $15 - $26 and takes 7 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Bakersfield is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 59 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Bakersfield Amtrak. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 25 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Bakersfield is 213 miles. The road distance is 233.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Bakersfield without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $35 - $80.

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It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from San Diego to Bakersfield, including transfers.

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San Diego to Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs $35 - $80. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $220 - $1,100 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Bakersfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 38 min and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Bakersfield is 233 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to drive from San Diego to Bakersfield.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Bakersfield Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Bakersfield.
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  • Distance: 213.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 40 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Bakersfield via Los Angeles, Ca in around 4 h 40 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Diego to Bakersfield hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Bakersfield via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Bakersfield via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Bakersfield via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Bakersfield via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Seattle
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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 59 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
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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego Mission Valley to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Airport Valet Express
Website
airportvaletexpress.com
Bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
airportvaletexpress.com
2 weeks in advance
$44
1-6 days in advance
$64
Last minute reservation
$74
7-13 days in advance
$54

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