There are 9 ways to get from San Diego to Salinas by plane, bus, night 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.

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Fly to Monterey  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Monterey (MRY) SAN - MRY

$74 - $296

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Bus  •  10 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6766 / ...

$53 - $130

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Fly to San Jose, bus  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take the bus from San Jose Airport - USO Club to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8

$89 - $344

Fly to Oakland, bus, night bus  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the night bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain, night bus  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  3. Take the night bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak

Train  •  12 h 17 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 Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight

$88 - $234

Night bus, bus  •  13 h 10 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak

Train, night bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown to Salinas, CA N2002

$60 - $119

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Salinas 426.4 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Salinas is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Salinas is to fly which costs $70 - $300 and takes 4 h 19 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Salinas is 376 miles. The road distance is 426.4 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 19 min to get from San Diego to Salinas, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Salinas. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Salinas, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Salinas. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak and arriving at Salinas Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 17 min.

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There are 171+ hotels available in Salinas. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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San Diego to Salinas bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Salinas.
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  • Distance: 376.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 19 min

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

Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from San Diego to Salinas twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Salinas via Los Angeles, Ca in around 10 h 50 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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 Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from San Jose Airport - USO Club to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
mst.org
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
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 Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
FlixBus
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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown to Salinas, CA
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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