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

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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

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$2

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 15 min

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

$35 - $76

Drive  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Pasadena 126.1 miles

$12 - $18

Fly, tram  •  4 h 5 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

$110 - $352

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Pasadena is to night bus which costs $2 and takes 4 h 31 min.

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The quickest 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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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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The distance between San Diego and Pasadena is 115 miles. The road distance is 126.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Pasadena without a car is to bus and line 260 bus which takes 3 h 56 min and costs $19 - $50.

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from San Diego to Pasadena, including transfers.

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San Diego to Pasadena 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 Pasadena is to bus and line 260 bus which takes 3 h 56 min and costs $19 - $50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $80 and takes 4 h 15 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 Pasadena bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Fair Oaks / Colorado station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Pasadena.
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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

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

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. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Pasadena every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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 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
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.

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 Atlantic / Whittier to Fair Oaks / Colorado
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
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

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