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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 San Diego to San Jose, bus  •  5 h 8 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

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Train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose, bus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
  2. Fly from Carlsbad (CLD) to San Jose (SJC) CLD - SJC
  3. Take the bus from San Jose Airport - USO Club to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8

$46 - $246

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Fly San Diego to Monterey  •  4 h 21 min

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

$74 - $296

Fly San Diego to Oakland, night bus  •  6 h 12 min

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

Fly San Diego to San Francisco, Caltrain, night bus  •  6 h 24 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 to Salinas Amtrak Station

Bus  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6766 / ...

$53 - $131

Train  •  12 h 16 min

  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 Salinas Amtrak Station Coast Starlight

$88 - $234

Night bus, bus  •  13 h 10 min

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

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 21 min.

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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 12 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Salinas station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Salinas Amtrak Station via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 16 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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The best way to get from San Diego to Salinas without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 5 min and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to get from San Diego to Salinas, including transfers.

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San Diego to Salinas bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego to Salinas 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 Salinas is to fly which takes 4 h 21 min and costs $70 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $140 and takes 12 h 5 min, you could also train, which costs $85 - $240 and takes 12 h 16 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Salinas.
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  • Distance: 376.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 8 min

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

Alaska Airlines, Inc. flies from San Diego to Salinas once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Salinas via Los Angeles, Ca in around 12 h 5 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
California Pacific Airlines
Website
mycpair.com
Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
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 Los Angeles Union Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
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
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
Night bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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 Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Salinas is 426 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to drive from San Diego to Salinas.

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

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Book your San Diego to Salinas train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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

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There are 172+ hotels available in Salinas. Prices start at $74 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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