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There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to San Marcos by bus, train, tram, taxi, car or towncar

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

Bus  •  1h 17m

  1. Take the bus from 11th Av & B St to Escondido Transit Center 280

$4

Cheapest option

Train, tram  •  2h

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

$4 - $45

4 alternative options

Bus, line 305 bus  •  1h 43m

  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

Taxi  •  37m

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

$120 - $150

Drive  •  37m

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Marcos 35.6 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  37m

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

$40 - $55

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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 1h 43m.

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The distance between San Diego and San Marcos is 30 miles. The road distance is 35.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Marcos without a car is to bus which takes 1h 17m and costs $4 - $5.

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It takes approximately 1h 17m to get from San Diego to San Marcos, including transfers.

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San Diego to San Marcos bus services, operated by San Diego Metro Transit, depart from Broadway & 5th Av station.

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San Diego to San Marcos bus services, operated by North County Transit, arrive at Mission Rd & Pico Av station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to San Marcos is 36 miles. It takes approximately 37m to drive from San Diego to San Marcos.

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There are 415+ hotels available in San Marcos. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to San Marcos.
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  • Distance: 29.8 miles
  • Duration: 1h 17m

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

San Diego Metro Transit operates a bus from San Diego to San Marcos every 4 hours. Tickets cost $2 - $3 and the journey takes 44m.

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
58m
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
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Tram from Oceanside Transit Center to San Marcos Civic Center Station
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Bus from 11th Av & B St to Escondido Transit Center
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus from Broadway & 5th Av to Escondido Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Escondido Transit Center to Mission Rd & Pico Av
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 20 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
37m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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uber.com
UberPool
$35 - $50
Assist
$40 - $55
Español
$40 - $55
uberX
$40 - $55
WAV
$45 - $60
UberXL
$65 - $85
Select
$90 - $120
Black
$130 - $170
UberSUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from San Diego to San Marcos
Ave. Duration
37m
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Orange Cab
Phone
+1 619-291-3333
Website
orangecabsandiego.net

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