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There are 8 ways to get from Tucson to San Diego by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly from Tucson  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Tucson (TUS) to San Diego (SAN) TUS - SAN

$134 - $315

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  11 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from University of Arizona to Tempe FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from Phoenix, Az to San Diego, Ca 6317 / ...

$48 - $115

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Shuttle to Phoenix, fly  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Tucson to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, AZ
  2. Fly from Phoenix (PHX) to San Diego (SAN) PHX - SAN

$139 - $338

Train, bus via San Luis Río Colorado  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Tucson Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street 95
  3. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Tijuana

$73 - $143

Train, bus  •  12 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Tucson Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...
  2. Take the bus from Yuma to San Diego Ciudad Juárez-Tijuana Airport

$92 - $187

Bus Greyhound Mexico  •  12 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Tucson to San Diego Ciudad Juárez-Tijuana Airport / ...

$60 - $110

Train  •  13 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Tucson Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Sunset Limited / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$106 - $281

Drive  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Tucson to San Diego 413.1 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Tucson to San Diego is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 6 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Tucson to San Diego is to fly which costs $130 - $320 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Tucson and arriving at San Diego. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Tucson to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Tucson Amtrak and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 54 min.

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The distance between Tucson and San Diego is 367 miles. The road distance is 413.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Tucson to San Diego without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 12 min and costs $70 - $150.

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It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Tucson to San Diego, including transfers.

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Tucson to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, depart from Tucson station.

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Tucson to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Tucson Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Tucson to San Diego is to fly which takes 3 h 28 min and costs $130 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $120 and takes 11 h 31 min, you could also train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 13 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from Tucson to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 367.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 28 min

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

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines fly from Tucson to San Diego 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Tucson to San Diego via Tempe, University Dr/Rural, 3rd St/Washington, and Phoenix, Az in around 11 h 31 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Tucson to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Tucson to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Phoenix to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Tucson to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Phoenix to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $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 Tucson Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Train from Tucson Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $450
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
Arizona Shuttle
YCAT
Phone
+1 928-783-2235
Website
ycipta.org
Bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
ycipta.org
Aguacaliente
Phone
6646212955
Email
atencionaclientes@autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Website
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from University of Arizona to Tempe
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Phoenix, Az to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Yuma to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Tucson to San Diego
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from Tucson Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Tucson to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at San Diego station.

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San Diego is 1 h behind Tucson. It is currently 2:25 PM in Tucson and 1:25 PM in San Diego.

Tucson 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 Tucson to San Diego is 413 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 27 min to drive from Tucson to San Diego.

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Tucson Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1111+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tucson to Tucson Airport is to line 11 bus which takes 36 min and costs $2.

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