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There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach by bus, train, night bus or car

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Amtrak Thruway, line 1 bus  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to San Juan Capistrano, CA 5818
  2. Take the line 1 bus from Pacific Coast-Del Obispo to Coast-Laguna 1

$4 - $14

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$31 - $67

Night bus  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$4 - $14

Drive  •  1 h 21 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach 73.2 miles

$7 - $11

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach is to Amtrak Thruway and line 1 bus which costs $4 - $14 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Laguna Beach. However, there are services departing from San Diego, CA and arriving at Coast-Laguna via Camino Capistrano-Ortega and Pacific Coast-Del Obispo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 42 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Laguna Beach is 68 miles. The road distance is 73.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach without a car is to Amtrak Thruway and line 1 bus which takes 2 h 42 min and costs $4 - $14.

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It takes approximately 2 h 42 min to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach, including transfers.

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San Diego to Laguna Beach bus 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 Laguna Beach is to Amtrak Thruway and line 1 bus which takes 2 h 42 min and costs $4 - $14. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $70 and takes 2 h 58 min.

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San Diego to Laguna Beach bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Juan Capistrano Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Laguna Beach is 73 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 21 min to drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Laguna Beach.
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  • Distance: 67.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 42 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Laguna Beach via San Juan Capistrano, CA, Camino Capistrano-Ortega, Pacific Coast-Dana Point Harbor, and Pacific Coast-Del Obispo in around 2 h 42 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Laguna Beach every 2 hours. Tickets cost $26 - $55 and the journey takes 1 h 36 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 San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
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 San Juan Capistrano, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Pacific Coast-Del Obispo to Coast-Laguna
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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