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

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Amtrak Thruway  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA 5818

$2 - $7

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $72

Bus, line 153 bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the line 153 bus from Artic - Dock 4 to Ring-Brea Mall 153

$20 - $49

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 Amtrak Thruway which costs $2 - $7 and takes 3 h 9 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 Birch-Brea via Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 4. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 9 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 Amtrak Thruway which takes 3 h 9 min and costs $2 - $7.

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It takes approximately 3 h 9 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, CA station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Brea is to Amtrak Thruway which takes 3 h 9 min and costs $2 - $7. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $75 and takes 3 h 21 min.

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San Diego to Brea bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Fullerton, CA 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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Map of how to get from San Diego to Brea.
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  • Distance: 93.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 9 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from San Diego to Brea once daily, and the journey takes 2 h 10 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Brea every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $65 and the journey takes 2 h 22 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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Artic - Dock 4 to Ring-Brea Mall
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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