There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Brea by train, bus, night bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $72

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Night bus  •  3 h 30 min

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

$2 - $7

2 alternative options

Bus, line 59 bus, line 129 bus  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca
  2. Take the line 59 bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 to La Palma-Kraemer 59
  3. Take the line 129 bus from Kraemer-Coronado to Brea-Birch 129 / ...

$19 - $47

Drive  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Brea 101.8 miles

$10 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Brea is to night bus which costs $2 - $7 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Brea is to drive which costs $10 - $15 and takes 1 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Brea. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Brea-Birch via The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 and Kraemer-Coronado. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Brea is 94 miles. The road distance is 101.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Brea without a car is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs $30 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to get from San Diego to Brea, including transfers.

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San Diego to Brea bus 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 Brea is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs $30 - $75. Alternatively, you can bus and line 59 bus and line 129 bus, which costs $19 - $50 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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San Diego to Brea bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Fullerton Transportation Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Brea is 102 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 45 min to drive from San Diego to Brea.

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  • Distance: 93.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 14 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Brea every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $65 and the journey takes 2 h 14 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Brea via Santa Ana, Ca, The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3, La Palma-Kraemer, and Kraemer-Coronado in around 3 h 45 min.

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 Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
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 Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 to La Palma-Kraemer
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Kraemer-Coronado to Brea-Birch
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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