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There are 7 ways to get from San Diego to McAllen by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly San Diego to McAllen  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to McAllen (MFE) SAN - MFE

$287 - $1,110

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Bus  •  36 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to McAllen, TX Tijuana Airport-Reynosa / ...

$120 - $200

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Fly San Diego to Harlingen, bus  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Harlingen (HRL) SAN - HRL
  2. Take the bus from Harlingen, Tx to McAllen, TX

$348 - $1,266

Fly Tijuana to Reynosa  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Reynosa (REX) TIJ - REX

$182 - $756

Fly San Diego to Brownsville, bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Brownsville (BRO) SAN - BRO
  2. Take the bus from Brownsville, TX to McAllen, TX

$330 - $1,174

Train, bus  •  38 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Mcallen, Tx 897 / ...

$243 - $696

Drive  •  25 h 1 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to McAllen 1520.7 miles

$140 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to McAllen is to bus which costs $120 - $200 and takes 36 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to McAllen is to fly which costs $280 - $1,200 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego and arriving at McAllen, TX. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 36 h 50 min.

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The distance between San Diego and McAllen is 1229 miles. The road distance is 1520.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to McAllen without a car is to bus which takes 36 h 50 min and costs $120 - $200.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from San Diego to McAllen, including transfers.

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San Diego to McAllen bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, depart from San Diego station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to McAllen is to fly which takes 6 h 30 min and costs $280 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $200 and takes 36 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to McAllen Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 18 min and has one stopover.

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San Diego to McAllen bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at McAllen, TX station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to McAllen.
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  • Distance: 1229.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

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

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from San Diego to McAllen hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound Mexico operates a bus from San Diego to McAllen 3 times a day. Tickets cost $120 - $200 and the journey takes 36 h 50 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to McAllen via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to McAllen via Denver, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to McAllen via Los Angeles, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Los Angeles, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 47 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h 56 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,500
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via San Francisco, Houston
Ave. Duration
9 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Denver, Houston
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Austin
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Phoenix, Austin
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Harlingen via Las Vegas, Austin
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to McAllen via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to McAllen via Phoenix, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Phoenix, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Brownsville via Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Tijuana to Reynosa via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Tijuana to Reynosa via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Tijuana to Reynosa via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Reynosa via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $2,200
Flights from Tijuana to Reynosa via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $2,300
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 Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
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
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
28 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$180 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$320 - $460
Business Coach Seat
$380 - $550
Room
$700 - $1,000
Bus operators
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Harlingen, Tx to McAllen, TX
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Brownsville, TX to McAllen, TX
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to McAllen, TX
Ave. Duration
36 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
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 Harlingen, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Brownsville, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Mcallen, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70

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More Questions & Answers

McAllen is 2 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 10:56 AM in San Diego and 12:56 PM in McAllen.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to McAllen is 1521 miles. It takes approximately 25 h 1 min to drive from San Diego to McAllen.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to McAllen Airport.

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There are 92+ hotels available in McAllen. Prices start at $45 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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