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

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Fly San Diego to El Paso  •  3h 33m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to El Paso (ELP) SAN - ELP

$124 - $384

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Bus  •  17h 35m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to El Paso Tijuana-Monterrey 1 / ...

$80 - $130

3 alternative options

Tram to Tijuana, fly to Ciudad Juarez  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the tram from Fifth Avenue Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  2. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Ciudad Juarez (CJS) TIJ - CJS

$122 - $604

Train  •  20h 5m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to El Paso Union Depot Sunset Limited / ...

$143 - $394

Drive  •  11h 16m

  1. Drive from San Diego to El Paso 728.3 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to El Paso is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 11h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to El Paso is to fly which costs $120 - $390 and takes 3h 33m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego and arriving at El Paso. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to El Paso. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at El Paso Union Depot via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 5m.

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The distance between San Diego and El Paso is 631 miles. The road distance is 728.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to El Paso without a car is to bus which takes 17h 35m and costs $80 - $130.

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It takes approximately 3h 33m to get from San Diego to El Paso, including transfers.

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San Diego to El Paso bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to El Paso train 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 El Paso is to fly which takes 3h 33m and costs $120 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $130 and takes 17h 35m, you could also train, which costs $140 - $400 and takes 20h 5m.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to El Paso.
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  • Distance: 630.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 33m

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and El Paso, TX, USA?

Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from San Diego to El Paso every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound Mexico operates a bus from San Diego to El Paso hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $130 and the journey takes 17h 35m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to El Paso
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to El Paso
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$1,200 - $6,000
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Diego to El Paso via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from San Diego to El Paso
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $950
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Train operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from Fifth Avenue Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
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 Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to El Paso Union Depot
Ave. Duration
16h 10m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Room
$450 - $650
Bus operators
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to El Paso
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to El Paso Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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San Diego to El Paso bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at El Paso station.

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El Paso is 1h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 6:07 PM in San Diego and 7:07 PM in El Paso.

San Diego to El Paso train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at El Paso Union Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to El Paso is 728 miles. It takes approximately 11h 16m to drive from San Diego to El Paso.

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Allegiant Air, Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to El Paso Airport.

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There are 126+ hotels available in El Paso. Prices start at $47 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 9m and costs $2 - $3.

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