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There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Tucson by plane, shuttle, bus, train or car

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Fly to Tucson  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Tucson (TUS) SAN - TUS

$134 - $314

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Bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Tucson Tijuana-Ciudad Juárez 19:50 / ...

$60 - $95

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Fly to Phoenix, shuttle  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Phoenix (PHX) SAN - PHX
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, AZ to Tucson

$137 - $338

Bus, train  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Yuma Tijuana-Ciudad Juárez 19:50 / ...
  2. Take the train from Yuma Amtrak to Tucson Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...

$91 - $186

Train  •  12 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Tucson Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...

$108 - $284

Drive  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Tucson 412.5 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Tucson is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 6 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Tucson is to fly which costs $130 - $320 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego and arriving at Tucson. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Tucson. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Tucson Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 26 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Tucson is 367 miles. The road distance is 412.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Tucson without a car is to bus and train which takes 9 h 46 min and costs $90 - $190.

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It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from San Diego to Tucson, including transfers.

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San Diego to Tucson bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to Tucson 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 Tucson is to fly which takes 3 h 30 min and costs $130 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $60 - $95 and takes 10 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 12 h 26 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Tucson.
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  • Distance: 367.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines fly from San Diego to Tucson 4 times a day. Alternatively, Greyhound Mexico operates a bus from San Diego to Tucson every 4 hours. Tickets cost $60 - $95 and the journey takes 10 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Tucson
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from San Diego to Phoenix via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Tucson via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Yuma Amtrak to Tucson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Tucson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 28 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
Bus operators
Arizona Shuttle
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to Yuma
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to Tucson
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Tucson Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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San Diego to Tucson bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at Tucson station.

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Tucson is 1 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 4:08 PM in San Diego and 5:08 PM in Tucson.

San Diego to Tucson train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Tucson Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Tucson is 413 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to drive from San Diego to Tucson.

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Tucson Airport.

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There are 200+ hotels available in Tucson. Prices start at $53 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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