There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Pasadena by train, 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

Train  •  3 h 36 min

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

$35 - $76

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to East Los Angeles Tufesa

$12 - $24

3 alternative options

Bus, line 260 bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the line 260 bus from Atlantic / Whittier to Fair Oaks / Colorado 260 / ...

$20 - $46

Drive  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Pasadena 126.1 miles

$12 - $18

Fly, tram  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the tram from Union Station - Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station

$112 - $356

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Pasadena is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Pasadena is to drive which takes 2 h 14 min and costs $12 - $18.

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The distance between San Diego and Pasadena is 184 km. The road distance is 202 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 36 min to get from San Diego to Pasadena, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Pasadena. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Fair Oaks / Colorado via 7th / Decatur and Atlantic / Whittier. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 56 min.

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Pasadena every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Pasadena via Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, Whittier / Atlantic, and Atlantic / Whittier in around 3 h 56 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
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
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
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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 Atlantic / Whittier to Fair Oaks / Colorado
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Tufesa
Phone
016444102444
Website
tufesa.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to East Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Schedules at
tufesa.com.mx
Book at
gotobus.com
Plus
$10 - $15
Platinum
$16 - $20
Ejecutivo
$16 - $23

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