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There are 7 ways to get from Washington to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Washington Dulles  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Diego (SAN) IAD - SAN

$201 - $503

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to San Diego (SAN) DCA - SAN

$165 - $396

5 alternative options

Train to Baltimore, fly  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (SAN) BWI - SAN

$198 - $703

Train to Philadelphia, fly  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Diego (SAN) PHL - SAN

$273 - $686

Train  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$409 - $1,220

Bus  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Diego

$288 - $698

Drive  •  42 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Washington to San Diego 2677.1 miles

$260 - $380

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to San Diego is to fly which costs $160 - $400 and takes 9 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to San Diego is to fly which costs $200 - $550 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Washington DC and arriving at San Diego via Pittsburgh, Pa and Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 20 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Washington station to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Washington Union Station and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Chicago Union Station and Fullerton Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 16 h.

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The distance between Washington and San Diego is 2283 miles. The road distance is 2677.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to San Diego without a car is to train which takes 2 days 16 h and costs $400 - $1,300.

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It takes approximately 7 h 50 min to get from Washington to San Diego, including transfers.

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Washington to San Diego bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Washington DC station.

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Washington to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington to San Diego is to fly which takes 7 h 50 min and costs $200 - $550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $400 - $1,300 and takes 2 days 16 h, you could also bus, which costs $280 - $700 and takes 2 days 20 h.

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Map of how to get from Washington to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 2283.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 50 min

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

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Washington to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Washington to San Diego via Chicago Union Station and Fullerton Amtrak Station in around 2 days 16 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Austin
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via New Orleans
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
42 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,400
Train from Fullerton Amtrak Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
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.

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 Pittsburgh, Pa to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$220 - $370
Flexible
$430 - $600
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from Washington Dulles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 22 min.

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

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San Diego is 3 h behind Washington. It is currently 7:09 AM in Washington and 4:09 AM in San Diego.

Washington 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 Washington to San Diego is 2677 miles. It takes approximately 42 h 44 min to drive from Washington to San Diego.

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Southwest Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Washington Dulles Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1104+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $4.

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