There are 7 ways to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana by bus, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx 9483 / ...

$43 - $103

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6725 / ...
  2. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$68 - $161

Train  •  10 h 39 min

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

$62 - $157

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 46 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 - $783

Bus to Santa Barbara, fly  •  9 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
  2. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN

$220 - $700

Bus, bus to Los Angeles, fly  •  8 h 30 min

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

$166 - $451

Questions & Answers

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

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It takes approximately 8 h 22 min to get from Santa Maria to Tijuana, including transfers.

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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 Central Bus Term, Mx via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 22 min.

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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 22 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 in around 8 h 22 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 San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
56 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 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Portland
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $110
Room
$210 - $300
Train from Grover Beach Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
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
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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 Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
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
$5
Schedules at
slorta.org
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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