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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Sacramento  •  3 h 55 min

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

$104 - $434

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 1446

$58 - $140

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Fly to San Francisco, bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca

$93 - $358

Fly to Oakland, train  •  5 h 57 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 56 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 - $410

Train, bus  •  12 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak 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

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  13 h

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

$85 - $86

Train  •  17 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak 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 drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 8 h 23 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 55 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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It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from San Diego to Sacramento, including transfers.

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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 10 h 10 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 Amtrak and arriving at Sacramento Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 48 min.

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There are 129+ hotels available in Sacramento. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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San Diego to Sacramento bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Ysidro station.

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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 55 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and two other airlines fly from San Diego to Sacramento hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Sacramento via Los Angeles, Ca in around 10 h 10 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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 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 Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 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 Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
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
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 1-800-872-7245
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
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
10 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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