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There are 9 ways to get from San Diego to Sacramento by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly San Diego to Sacramento  •  3h 53m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Sacramento (SMF) SAN - SMF

$58 - $185

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Bus  •  13h 33m

  1. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Sacramento Aeropuerto Tijuana

$49 - $93

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Drive to Santa Ana, fly to Sacramento  •  3h 58m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Ana
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Sacramento (SMF) SNA - SMF

$83 - $272

Fly San Diego to Oakland, train  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Sacramento

$102 - $362

Fly San Diego to San Jose, train  •  7h 5m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento

$80 - $263

Train, bus  •  13h 3m

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Bakersfield
  3. Take the train from Bakersfield to Sacramento

Bus via San Diego, CA  •  13h 9m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to Sacramento, CA Southern CA-Northern CA

$56 - $88

Train  •  17h 49m

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles to Sacramento Coast Starlight

$96 - $138

Drive  •  8h 19m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Sacramento 507.3 miles

$45 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 8h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which costs $55 - $190 and takes 3h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 1st Av and arriving at 8Th St & I St via San Diego, CA and Stockton Blvd & 65Th St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from San Diego and arriving at Sacramento via Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 49m.

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The distance between San Diego and Sacramento is 475 miles. The road distance is 507.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Sacramento without a car is to train and bus which takes 13h 3m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 53m to get from San Diego to Sacramento, including transfers.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, depart from San Ysidro station.

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San Diego to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which takes 3h 53m and costs $55 - $190. Alternatively, you can bus via San Diego, CA, which costs $55 - $90 and takes 13h 9m, you could also train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 17h 49m.

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  • Distance: 475.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 53m

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from San Diego to Sacramento hourly. Alternatively, Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Diego, CA to Sacramento, CA once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $80 and the journey takes 10h 20m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $240
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $230
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $280
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Flights from San Diego to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $260
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$72 - $76
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $280
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $280
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
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 Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Bakersfield to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
13h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Seat
$130 - $190
Bus 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to Sacramento, CA
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Sacramento Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, arrive at Sacramento station.

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San Diego to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Sacramento station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Sacramento is 507 miles. It takes approximately 8h 19m to drive from San Diego to Sacramento.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Sacramento Airport.

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Book your San Diego to Sacramento train tickets online with Omio.

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There are 302+ hotels available in Sacramento. Prices start at $100 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 15 min and costs $2 - $5.

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