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

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Train  •  3h 24m

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

$35 - $76

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Night bus  •  3h 44m

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

$2

3 alternative options

Bus  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...

$20 - $47

Drive  •  2h 14m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Pasadena 126.1 miles

$12 - $18

Fly, tram  •  3h 19m

  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

$104 - $344

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Pasadena is to night bus which costs $2 and takes 3h 44m.

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

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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 4h 56m.

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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 train which takes 3h 24m and costs $35 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3h 24m 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 train which takes 3h 24m and costs $35 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $50 and takes 4h 56m.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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San Diego to Pasadena bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Pasadena.
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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 24m

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 2h 55m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Pasadena hourly. Tickets cost $18 - $45 and the journey takes 3h 20m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
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
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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
3h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Pasadena is 126 miles. It takes approximately 2h 14m to drive from San Diego to Pasadena.

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

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There are 1856+ hotels available in Pasadena. Prices start at $99 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 9m and costs $2 - $3.

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