There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Sacramento by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Sacramento  •  3h 17m

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

$55 - $156

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Bus  •  10h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Seaport Village to 6th & W FlixBus

$18 - $30

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Fly to Oakland, train  •  6h 3m

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

$117 - $270

Bus via San Ysidro/Intl Border  •  14h 32m

  1. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Sacramento 498 Sacramento / ...

$38 - $68

Train  •  17h 48m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Sacramento Valley Station Coast Starlight

$96 - $138

Drive  •  8h 18m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Sacramento 507.6 miles

$45 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to bus which costs $18 - $30 and takes 10h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which costs $55 - $160 and takes 3h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Seaport Village and arriving at 6th & W. Services depart twice daily, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Sacramento station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Sacramento Valley Station via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 48m.

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The distance between San Diego and Sacramento is 475 miles. The road distance is 507.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Sacramento without a car is to bus which takes 10h 50m and costs $18 - $30.

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It takes approximately 3h 17m to get from San Diego to Sacramento, including transfers.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from Seaport Village station.

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

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  • Distance: 475.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 17m

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Delta fly from San Diego to Sacramento hourly. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from Seaport Village to 6th & W twice daily. Tickets cost $18 - $30 and the journey takes 10h 50m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from San Diego to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Sacramento Valley Station
Ave. Duration
13h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Seat
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Seaport Village to 6th & W
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Schedules at
flixbus.com
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from San Ysidro to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
12h 49m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com

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The best way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which takes 3h 17m and costs $55 - $160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $18 - $30 and takes 10h 50m, you could also train, which costs $95 - $140 and takes 17h 48m.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Sacramento Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at 6th & W station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Sacramento is 508 miles. It takes approximately 8h 18m to drive from San Diego to Sacramento.

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

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Book your San Diego to Sacramento bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 167+ 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 - $3.

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