There are 3 ways to get from San Diego to Santa Ana by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2 h

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca 9480 / ...

$15 - $35

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Train  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$29 - $65

Drive  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Ana 89.9 miles

$8 - $13

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Santa Ana, Ca. Services depart every 10 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 1 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Ana is 83 miles. The road distance is 89.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Ana without a car is to bus which takes 2 h and costs .

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The bus from San Diego, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca takes 2 h including transfers and departs every 10 minutes.

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

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San Diego to Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana is to bus which takes 2 h and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 h 1 min.

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

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San Diego to Santa Ana train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Santa Ana.
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  • Distance: 82.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Santa Ana every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $15 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Santa Ana every 2 hours. Tickets cost $29 - $65 and the journey takes 2 h 1 min.

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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
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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Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$27 - $35
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Santa Ana is 90 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 33 min to drive from San Diego to Santa Ana.

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