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

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA 5818
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to La Quinta, CA 4984

$3

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton, CA to La Quinta, CA 4984

Bus  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mt San Jacinto College San Jacinto 217
  3. Take the bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn 220

$10 - $14

Drive  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Coachella 149.4 miles

$14 - $22

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Coachella is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which costs $3 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Coachella is to drive which costs $14 - $22 and takes 2 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Coachella. However, there are services departing from San Diego, CA and arriving at 5th at Vine via Fullerton, CA and Hwy 111 at Adams. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 35 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Coachella is 88 miles. The road distance is 149.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Coachella without a car is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 6 h 35 min and costs $3.

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It takes approximately 6 h 35 min to get from San Diego to Coachella, including transfers.

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San Diego to Coachella bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego, CA station.

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San Diego to Coachella bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at La Quinta, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Coachella is 149 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to drive from San Diego to Coachella.

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There are 363+ hotels available in Coachella. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Coachella.
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  • Distance: 88.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 35 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Coachella via Fullerton, CA, La Quinta, CA, and Hwy 111 at Adams in around 6 h 35 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
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
Bus from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Fullerton, CA to La Quinta, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mt San Jacinto College San Jacinto
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Sunline Transit
Phone
+1 760-343-3451
Website
sunline.org
Bus from 2nd at Commerce to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org

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