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

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

Recommended option

Bus, line 720 bus  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to 5th / Colorado 720

$19 - $43

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Broadway Wb & 5Th Ns R10

$3 - $5

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 12 min

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

$38 - $81

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Malibu 147.1 miles

$14 - $21

Fly, tram, line 534 bus  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station
  3. Take the line 534 bus from 5th / Colorado to Civic Center / Stuart Ranch

$113 - $358

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Malibu is to night bus and bus which costs $2 - $6 and takes 5 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Malibu is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Malibu is 128 miles. The road distance is 147.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from San Diego to Malibu, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Malibu. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Civic Center / Stuart Ranch via 7th / Decatur and 5th / Colorado. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 9 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Malibu is 147 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to drive from San Diego to Malibu.

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San Diego to Malibu bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Ysidro station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Malibu.
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  • Distance: 127.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Malibu via Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, and 5th / Colorado in around 5 h 9 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Malibu every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to 5th / Colorado
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from 5th / Colorado to Civic Center / Stuart Ranch
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Broadway Wb & 5Th Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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