There are 9 ways to get from San Francisco to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from San Francisco  •  3 h 25 min

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

$78 - $321

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  12 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to La Jolla FlixBus

$21 - $34

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Fly from Oakland  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN

$92 - $364

Caltrain to San Jose, fly  •  4 h 39 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

Line 101 bus, train to Santa Rosa, fly  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from McAllister St & Polk St- San Francisco Civic Ctr to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
  2. Take the train from San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport
  3. Fly from Santa Rosa (STS) to San Diego (SAN) STS - SAN

$126 - $571

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

Caltrain, bus, train  •  12 h 40 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Anaheim, CA
  3. Take the train from Anaheim Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$69 - $127

Caltrain, train  •  17 h 22 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$105 - $267

Drive  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to San Diego 504.6 miles

$45 - $75

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to San Diego. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Broadway & 4th Av via Miramar College Transit Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to San Diego. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via San Jose Diridon Station and Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 22 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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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 25 min to get from San Francisco to San Diego, including transfers.

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San Francisco to San Diego bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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San Francisco to San Diego train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Diego is to fly which takes 3 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 11 h 36 min, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs and takes 17 h 22 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 29 min.

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San Francisco to San Diego bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at La Jolla station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 461 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 25 min

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

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Francisco to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Francisco to San Diego once daily. Tickets cost $80 and the journey takes 10 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 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 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from Santa Rosa to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Santa Rosa to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santa Rosa to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Rosa to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
SMART
Phone
+1 707-794-3330
Train from San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
sonomamarintrain.org
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 Anaheim Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 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
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from McAllister St & Polk St- San Francisco Civic Ctr to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to La Jolla
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Francisco to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to San Diego is 505 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 25 min to drive from San Francisco to San Diego.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1106+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs .

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