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There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Sacramento by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Sacramento  •  3 h 31 min

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

$104 - $434

Cheapest option

Bus ACN Autobuses  •  16 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Sacramento 606 Aeropuerto Tijuana - Sacramento / ...

$22

6 alternative options

Fly to Oakland, train  •  5 h 58 min

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

$118 - $424

Fly to San Jose, train  •  6 h 57 min

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

$109 - $412

Bus Greyhound USA  •  11 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 1446 / ...

$58 - $141

Train, bus  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak

Train  •  17 h 47 min

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

$113 - $304

Drive  •  8 h 23 min

  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 $22 and takes 16 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which costs $100 - $440 and takes 3 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Sacramento, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Sacramento Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 47 min.

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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 11 h 18 min and costs $55 - $150.

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It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from San Diego to Sacramento, including transfers.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca 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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The best way to get from San Diego to Sacramento is to fly which takes 3 h 31 min and costs $100 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 11 h 18 min, you could also train, which costs $110 - $310 and takes 17 h 47 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Sacramento.
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  • Distance: 475.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 31 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Diego to Sacramento hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Sacramento via Los Angeles, Ca in around 11 h 18 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
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 Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 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
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $330
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
13 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $480
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
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
10 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from San Ysidro to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
14 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
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 Union Station Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com

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

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Sacramento, Ca station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Sacramento is 508 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 23 min 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 train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your San Diego to Sacramento bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 135+ hotels available in Sacramento. Prices start at $71 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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