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

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Fly from San Francisco  •  3h 25m

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

$85 - $215

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Bus  •  11h 36m

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

$56 - $80

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Fly from Oakland  •  3h 35m

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

$93 - $267

BART to San Jose, fly  •  4h 34m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN

$72 - $257

Bus via Los Angeles  •  15h 35m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Diego "Greyhound" / ...

$74 - $129

Caltrain, train  •  17h 9m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose to Los Angeles
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles to San Diego

$95 - $137

Night bus  •  10h 55m

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco to San Diego N2003

Drive  •  8h 23m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to San Diego 504.2 miles

$45 - $75

San Francisco to San Diego by bus

The bus journey time between San Francisco and San Diego is around 15h and covers a distance of around 567 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 13h 45m. Services are operated by Greyhound USA and Greyhound Mexico. Typically nine buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
15h
Fastest bus time:
13h 45m
Bus distance:
567 miles
Buses per week:
9
Cheapest price:
$67
Carbon emissions:
113 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
08:00
Last bus departs at:
21:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Francisco to San Diego bus schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in San Diego is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in San Diego is recommended.

The social distance requirement in San Diego is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 4 Aug 2021
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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to San Diego is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 8h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to San Diego is to fly which costs $85 - $220 and takes 3h 25m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from San Francisco and arriving at San Diego. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 55m.

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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 via San Jose and Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 9m.

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The distance between San Francisco and San Diego is 461 miles. The road distance is 504.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 11h 36m and costs $55 - $80.

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

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San Francisco to San Diego bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, depart from San Francisco, CA 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 3h 25m and costs $85 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $80 and takes 11h 36m, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs $90 - $140 and takes 17h 9m.

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

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

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Francisco to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 10h 30m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Oakland to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $470
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Train from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Bus operators
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
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
xedohoang.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
800 890 6821
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 28m.

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San Francisco to San Diego bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, arrive at San Diego, CA station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to San Diego is 504 miles. It takes approximately 8h 23m to drive from San Francisco to San Diego.

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

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There are 513+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $8 - $10.

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