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There are 8 ways to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana by bus, train, car, plane or tram

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro 417 Santa Rosa / ...

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Train  •  11 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Grover Beach Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$61 - $156

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
  2. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Santa Ana to Tijuana Centro

Bus via LAX Terminal #2  •  11 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Take the bus from East Los Angeles to Tijuana

$103 - $130

Drive  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Santa Maria to Tijuana 314.4 miles

$30 - $45

Bus to San Luis Obispo County Apt, fly  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria Transit Center to Government Center Osos & Palm
  2. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to San Diego (SAN) SBP - SAN

$157 - $812

Bus to Santa Barbara, fly, tram, bus  •  9 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
  2. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN
  3. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  4. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana

$205 - $778

Bus to Los Angeles, fly  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$181 - $473

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Maria to Tijuana. However, there are services departing from Santa Maria, Ca and arriving at Tijuana Centro via Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 4 min.

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The distance between Santa Maria and Tijuana is 261 miles. The road distance is 314.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 4 min to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana, including transfers.

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Santa Maria to Tijuana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Maria, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana is to bus which takes 8 h 4 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $160 and takes 11 h 39 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Diego Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Maria to Tijuana bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, arrive at Tijuana Centro station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana.
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  • Distance: 261.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 4 min

What companies run services between Santa Maria, CA, USA and Tijuana, Mexico?

You can take a bus from Santa Maria to Tijuana via Los Angeles, Ca and Los Angeles in around 8 h 4 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Maria to Tijuana twice daily. Tickets cost $55 - $150 and the journey takes 8 h 13 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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 Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Grover Beach Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $360
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from San Ysidro, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $11
Flexible
$12 - $16
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Ana to Tijuana Centro
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Central Coast Shuttle
Website
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from East Los Angeles to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from Santa Maria Transit Center to Government Center Osos & Palm
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
slorta.org
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Santa Maria to Tijuana is 314 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to drive from Santa Maria to Tijuana.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 207+ hotels available in Tijuana. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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