There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Santa Ana station to San Bernardino Depot station Inland Empire - OC

$157 - $211

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Bus via Old Town Transit Center  •  5h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Old Town San Diego to San Bernardino FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Metrolink Station to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground 5

$26 - $44

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to San Bernardino Tijuana Airport-Matamoros by USA
  2. Take the bus from Greyhound Station to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground 5

$54 - $77

Train, bus  •  7h 12m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Amtrak Station
  2. Take the train from Oceanside station to San Bernardino - Downtown station
  3. Take the bus from Rialto & F St. to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground 5

$36 - $81

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Big Bear Lake 148.3 miles

$14 - $21

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 43m.

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The distance between San Diego and Big Bear Lake is 107 miles. The road distance is 148.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake without a car is to train which takes 5h 12m and costs $150 - $220.

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It takes approximately 5h 12m to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake is to train which takes 5h 12m and costs $150 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus via Old Town Transit Center, which costs $25 - $45 and takes 5h 41m.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Big Bear Lake is 148 miles. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from San Diego to Big Bear Lake.

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There are 1510+ hotels available in Big Bear Lake. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Big Bear Lake, CA, USA?

You can take a train from San Diego to Big Bear Lake via Santa Ana Amtrak Station, Santa Ana station, and San Bernardino Depot station in around 5h 12m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Big Bear Lake via Old Town Transit Center, Old Town San Diego, San Bernardino, Metrolink Station, and Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground in around 5h 41m.

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Santa Ana station to San Bernardino Depot station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from Oceanside station to San Bernardino - Downtown station
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
Metrolink Trains
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Old Town San Diego to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Mountain Transit
Phone
+1 909-878-5200
Website
mountaintransit.org
Bus from Metrolink Station to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit
Bus from Greyhound Station to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit
Bus from Rialto & F St. to Hwy 18 @ Discovery Ctr/Serrano Campground
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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