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

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Fly to Oakland  •  3 h 18 min

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

$91 - $364

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  11 h 54 min

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

$22 - $36

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Fly to San Francisco, BART  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO
  2. Take the BART from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$81 - $326

Fly to San Jose, BART  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$89 - $352

Bus Greyhound USA  •  14 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6834 / ...

$61 - $154

Train  •  15 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Emeryville Amtrak Coast Starlight

$103 - $274

Drive  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Berkeley 497.9 miles

$45 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Berkeley is to bus which costs $21 - $40 and takes 11 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Berkeley is to fly which costs $90 - $370 and takes 3 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Berkeley. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Mlk Jr:University Av via Los Angeles, Ca and Broadway:20th St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Berkeley. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Emeryville Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 42 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Berkeley is 461 miles. The road distance is 497.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Berkeley without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 54 min and costs $21 - $40.

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It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to get from San Diego to Berkeley, including transfers.

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

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San Diego to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Berkeley is to fly which takes 3 h 18 min and costs $90 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $21 - $40 and takes 11 h 54 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $280 and takes 15 h 42 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Berkeley.
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  • Distance: 460.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 18 min

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

Southwest Airlines flies from San Diego to Berkeley hourly. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Diego to Berkeley 5 times a week. Tickets cost $17 - $30 and the journey takes 10 h 15 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Website
bart.gov
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 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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Emeryville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
11 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to W Oakland BART
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110

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

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

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San Diego to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Emeryville Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Berkeley is 498 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 19 min to drive from San Diego to Berkeley.

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

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There are 517+ hotels available in Berkeley. Prices start at $109 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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