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

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Train  •  5 h 3 min

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

$38 - $81

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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

Bus, line 720 bus  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to 5th / Colorado 720

$19 - $44

Drive  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Malibu Beach 147.4 miles

$14 - $21

Fly, line 3 bus, line 534 bus  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the line 3 bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
  3. Take the line 534 bus from 5th / Colorado to Cross Creek / Malibu Theatre

$112 - $358

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach is to night bus and bus which costs $2 - $6 and takes 5 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Malibu Beach. 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 6 h 4 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Malibu Beach is 127 miles. The road distance is 147.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach without a car is to train which takes 5 h 3 min and costs $35 - $85.

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It takes approximately 5 h 3 min to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach is to train which takes 5 h 3 min and costs $35 - $85. Alternatively, you can bus and line 720 bus, which costs $19 - $45 and takes 6 h 4 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 Malibu Beach bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at 5th / Colorado station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Malibu Beach.
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  • Distance: 127.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 3 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Malibu Beach every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Malibu Beach via Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, and 5th / Colorado in around 6 h 4 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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
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 Cross Creek / Malibu Theatre
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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
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
Bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Malibu Beach is 147 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to drive from San Diego to Malibu Beach.

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

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There are 115+ hotels available in Malibu Beach. Prices start at $114 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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