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

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Bus  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca 7000 / ...

$21 - $46

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Train via Oceanside station  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transportation Center Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the train from Oceanside station to Riverside-Downtown station Inland Empire - OC

$16 - $64

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Train  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Santa Ana station to Riverside-Downtown station Inland Empire - OC

$37 - $72

Drive  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Riverside 98.8 miles

$9 - $14

Fly, train  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station

$118 - $364

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Riverside is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Riverside is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Riverside. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Magnolia + Beatty via Sbx- E St @ Court Sb Fs, San Bernardino Transit Center and West University + Lemon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Riverside station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Riverside-Downtown station via Santa Ana station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 54 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Riverside is 87 miles. The road distance is 98.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Riverside without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 39 min and costs $20 - $50.

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It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to get from San Diego to Riverside, including transfers.

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

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San Diego to Riverside train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Riverside is to bus which takes 3 h 39 min and costs $20 - $50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $75 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Riverside.
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  • Distance: 87.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 39 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Riverside hourly. Tickets cost $16 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Riverside via Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak and Santa Ana station in around 3 h 54 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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Santa Ana station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Oceanside station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40

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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 Riverside bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Bernardino, Ca station.

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San Diego to Riverside train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at Riverside-Downtown station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Riverside is 99 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 43 min to drive from San Diego to Riverside.

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

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There are 122+ hotels available in Riverside. Prices start at $67 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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