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

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Train  •  2 h 40 min

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

$32 - $64

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Night bus  •  2 h 48 min

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

$2 - $7

3 alternative options

Bus, line 59 bus  •  2 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the line 59 bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 to Campus-University Center 59

$17 - $41

Drive  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Irvine 86.8 miles

$8 - $13

Fly, Tesloop  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the Tesloop from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach

$161 - $402

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Irvine. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Campus-University Center via The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Irvine station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Tustin station via Irvine station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Irvine is 77 miles. The road distance is 86.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Irvine without a car is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to get from San Diego to Irvine, including transfers.

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San Diego to Irvine bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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San Diego to Irvine 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 Irvine is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus and line 59 bus, which costs and takes 2 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 53 min.

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

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Irvine.
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  • Distance: 76.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 40 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Irvine every 2 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $60 and the journey takes 1 h 51 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Irvine via Santa Ana, Ca and The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 in around 2 h 59 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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 Irvine Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
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
2 h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$27 - $35
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3 to Campus-University Center
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Irvine Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Tesloop
Phone
+1 (818) 330-6446
Email
support@tesloop.com
Website
tesloop.com
Rideshare from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
tesloop.com
Book at
tesloop.com

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San Diego to Irvine train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Irvine Transportation Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Irvine is 87 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 29 min to drive from San Diego to Irvine.

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 667+ hotels available in Irvine. Prices start at $80 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 9 min and costs .

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