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There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles

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Drive

  1. Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles

Fly

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

San Diego to Los Angeles by train

The train journey time between San Diego and Los Angeles is around 2h 56m and covers a distance of around 128 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 46m. Services are operated by Amtrak. Typically 69 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
2h 56m
Fastest train time:
2h 46m
Train distance:
128 miles
Trains per week:
69
Cheapest price:
$30
Carbon emissions:
10 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:55
Last train departs at:
20:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Diego to Los Angeles train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles is to drive which costs $11 - $18 and takes 2h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles is to drive which costs $11 - $18 and takes 2h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego and arriving at Los Angeles. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Diego and arriving at Los Angeles. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 59m.

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The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is 112 miles. The road distance is 121.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles without a car is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs $30 - $45.

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The train from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2h 59m including transfers and departs hourly.

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San Diego to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $29 and takes 3h 35m, you could also fly, which costs $60 - $220 and takes 3h 9m.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 112.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 59m

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Los Angeles hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 2h 59m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Los Angeles 4 times a day. Tickets cost $20 - $29 and the journey takes 3h 35m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $350
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $250
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
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 to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to Los Angeles Downtown
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.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
Bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 58 min.

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San Diego to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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San Diego to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Los Angeles is 121 miles. It takes approximately 2h 3m to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 15 min and costs $1 - $5.

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