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

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Train  •  5h 6m

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Santa Ana Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Santa Ana station to San Bernardino Depot station Inland Emp.-Orange Co. Line

$157 - $202

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Bus  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 5th Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escondido to San Bernardino
  3. Take the bus from Greyhound Station to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road 5

$22 - $42

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Train, bus via Santa Ana  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Santa Ana
  2. Take the train from Santa Ana station to San Bernardino Depot station
  3. Take the bus from Metrolink Station to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road 5

$42 - $67

Train, bus  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Oceanside
  2. Take the train from Oceanside station to San Bernardino - Downtown station
  3. Take the bus from Rialto & F St. to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road 5

$44 - $70

Drive  •  2h 37m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Big Bear Lake 146.4 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 37m.

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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 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Big Bear Lake. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 5th Av and arriving at Big Bear Blvd & Knickerbocker Rd via Escondido, Greyhound Station and Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 30m.

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The distance between San Diego and Big Bear Lake is 107 miles. The road distance is 146.4 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 6m and costs $150 - $210.

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It takes approximately 5h 6m to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake, including transfers.

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San Diego to Big Bear Lake bus services, operated by San Diego Metro Transit, depart from Broadway & 5th Av station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Big Bear Lake is to train which takes 5h 6m and costs $150 - $210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $22 - $45 and takes 7h 30m.

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San Diego to Big Bear Lake bus services, operated by Mountain Transit, arrive at Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Big Bear Lake is 146 miles. It takes approximately 2h 37m to drive from San Diego to Big Bear Lake.

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  • Distance: 107.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 6m

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, Santa Ana station, and San Bernardino Depot station in around 5h 6m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Big Bear Lake via Escondido Transit Center, Escondido, San Bernardino, Greyhound Station, and Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road in around 7h 30m.

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 to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from San Diego to Oceanside
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
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 - $13
Website
Metrolink Trains
Train from Oceanside station to San Bernardino - Downtown station
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
Metrolink Trains
Bus operators
San Diego Metro Transit
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 Escondido to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$30 - $50
Mountain Transit
Phone
+1 909-878-5200
Website
mountaintransit.org
Bus from Greyhound Station to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit
Bus from Metrolink Station to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit
Bus from Rialto & F St. to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
Mountain Transit

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