There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 2 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX

$102 - $342

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Night bus  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$8 - $11

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Long Beach, Ca 9454 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Downtown Long Beach Station to Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal Long Beach to LAX

$26 - $51

Train  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$41 - $85

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 125.8 miles

$12 - $18

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX). However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal via Long Beach / Anaheim and Downtown Long Beach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 33 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 112 miles. The road distance is 125.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 33 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to get from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX), including transfers.

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San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 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 Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which takes 2 h 2 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 33 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 3 h 49 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 Los Angeles Airport (LAX) bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 126 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

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

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
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  • Distance: 111.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 2 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA?

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) via Long Beach, Ca, Long Beach / Anaheim, Broadway / Long Beach Layover, and Downtown Long Beach Station in around 3 h 33 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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
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
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 Long Beach, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Downtown Long Beach Station to Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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