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There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore by bus, train, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 5th Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escondido Transit Center to Promenade Mall Ring Rd. 217

$4 - $8

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Train, night bus  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Promenade Mall Ring Rd. 202

$4 - $49

4 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA, line 23 bus  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Temecula, Ca 7000 / ...
  2. Take the line 23 bus from County Center Dr 41000 at Library to Palomar + Central 23

$16 - $36

Train  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Fullerton station to Perris Downtown station 91/Pvl

$40 - $81

Bus, line 23 bus via Escondido Transit Center  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escondido Transit Center to County Center Dr 41000 at Library 217
  3. Take the line 23 bus from County Center Dr 41000 at Library to Palomar + Central 23

$5 - $12

Drive  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Lake Elsinore 76.4 miles

$7 - $11

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore is to bus which costs $4 - $9 and takes 4 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Lake Elsinore. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 5th Av and arriving at LE Outlet Center @ Park N Ride via Escondido Transit Center and Promenade Mall Ring Rd.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 37 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Lake Elsinore is 67 miles. The road distance is 76.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 37 min and costs $4 - $9.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore is to bus which takes 4 h 37 min and costs $4 - $9. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $85 and takes 5 h 53 min.

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San Diego to Lake Elsinore bus services, operated by Riverside Transit Agency, arrive at Promenade Mall Ring Rd. station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Lake Elsinore is 76 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 16 min to drive from San Diego to Lake Elsinore.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Lake Elsinore.
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  • Distance: 66.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Lake Elsinore via Escondido Transit Center and Promenade Mall Ring Rd. in around 4 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Lake Elsinore via Fullerton Transportation Center, Fullerton station, Perris Downtown station, and Perris Transit Center in around 5 h 53 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 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
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Fullerton station to Perris Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Bus from Broadway & 5th Av to Escondido Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Escondido Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to Promenade Mall Ring Rd.
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Bus from County Center Dr 41000 at Library to Palomar + Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to County Center Dr 41000 at Library
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Night bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Promenade Mall Ring Rd.
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Temecula, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28

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There are 19+ hotels available in Lake Elsinore. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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