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There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Denver by plane, car, bus or train

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Fly from San Diego  •  4h 19m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Denver (DEN) SAN - DEN

$54 - $186

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Drive to Santa Ana, fly  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Ana
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Denver (DEN) SNA - DEN

$49 - $323

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Bus  •  25h 8m

  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 San Bernardino to Denver

$112 - $167

Train  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles to Emeryville
  3. Take the train from Emeryville to Denver

$216 - $318

Drive  •  16h 47m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Denver 1084.4 miles

$100 - $160

San Diego to Denver by train

The train journey time between San Diego and Denver is around 2 days 11h and covers a distance of around 1976 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2 days 11h. Services are operated by Amtrak. Typically only one train runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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San Diego to Denver train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Denver is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 16h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Denver is to fly which costs $50 - $190 and takes 4h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Denver. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 5th Av and arriving at Denver via Escondido and San Bernardino. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 8m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Denver. However, there are services departing from San Diego and arriving at Denver via Los Angeles and Emeryville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1h.

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The distance between San Diego and Denver is 838 miles. The road distance is 1084.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Denver without a car is to bus which takes 25h 8m and costs $110 - $170.

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It takes approximately 4h 19m to get from San Diego to Denver, including transfers.

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

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San Diego to Denver train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Denver is to fly which takes 4h 19m and costs $50 - $190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $170 and takes 25h 8m, you could also train, which costs $210 - $320 and takes 2 days 1h.

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  • Distance: 838 miles
  • Duration: 4h 19m

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

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and four other airlines fly from San Diego to Denver hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Denver via Escondido Transit Center, Escondido, and San Bernardino in around 25h 8m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Flights from San Diego to Denver via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Flights from San Diego to Denver via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $330
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Diego to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Ana to Denver via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
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 Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Los Angeles to Emeryville
Ave. Duration
11h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Premium
$240 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Business Seat
$110 - $160
Train from Emeryville to Denver
Ave. Duration
32h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Premium
$380 - $550
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Seat
$290 - $410
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
Bus from San Bernardino to Denver
Ave. Duration
20h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$95 - $140
Flexible
$140 - $210

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Denver Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 8m.

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San Diego to Denver bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Denver station.

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Denver is 1h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 5:54 PM in San Diego and 6:54 PM in Denver.

San Diego to Denver train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Denver station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Denver is 1084 miles. It takes approximately 16h 47m to drive from San Diego to Denver.

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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Denver Airport.

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There are 722+ hotels available in Denver. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $5.

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