There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to San Diego by plane, subway, train, bus, night bus 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.

Recommended option

Fly from San Francisco  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN

$78 - $321

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  11 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim via Oakland / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$25 - $86

6 alternative options

BART to Oakland, fly  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take the BART from Powell St. to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN

$92 - $364

Caltrain to San Jose, fly  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN

$88 - $346

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  11 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA Northern CA-Southern CA

$82 - $83

Train  •  17 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$103 - $279

Night bus, bus  •  10 h 55 min

  1. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6849 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9465

$60 - $144

Drive  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to San Diego 504.6 miles

$45 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to San Diego is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 8 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to San Diego is to fly which costs $75 - $330 and takes 3 h 24 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and San Diego is 461 miles. The road distance is 504.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 24 min to get from San Francisco to San Diego, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to San Diego. However, there are services departing from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Anaheim, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 19 min.

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from San Francisco to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to San Diego via Anaheim and Anaheim, Ca in around 11 h 19 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell St. to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 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
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $55
Schedules at
us.megabus.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 Anaheim, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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