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Recommended option

Bus, line 305 bus  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 5th Av to Escondido Transit Center 235 / ...
  2. Take the line 305 bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mission Rd & Pico Av 305

$4

Cheapest option

Train, tram  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station Sprinter

$4 - $45

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  37 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Diego to San Marcos 35.6 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  37 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Marcos 35.6 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  37 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Diego to San Marcos 35.6 miles

$45 - $60

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to San Marcos via Escondido Transit Center in around 1 h 52 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mission Rd & Pico Av
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Other operators
Uber San Diego
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Diego to San Marcos
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$40 - $55
uberASSIST
$45 - $60
uberESPAÑOL
$45 - $60
uberX
$45 - $60
UberWAV
$45 - $60
uberXL
$65 - $90
SELECT
$95 - $120
UberBLACK
$130 - $170
UberSUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from San Diego to San Marcos
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Orange Cab
Phone
+1 619-291-3333
Website
orangecabsandiego.net

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Diego and San Marcos is 48 km. The road distance is 57 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Marcos is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 37 min.

The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Marcos is to taxi which takes 37 min and costs $120 - $150.

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to San Marcos. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 5th Av and arriving at Mission Rd & Pico Av via Escondido Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 52 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 52 min to get from San Diego to San Marcos, including transfers.