Travel from Los Angeles to San Diego

Bus
$12
3h 45min
21 lb of CO2
$
Train
$39
2h 28min
28 lb of CO2
Flight
$154
59min
89 lb of CO2

Los Angeles to San Diego Flights

There are 3 airports — LAX, BUR, LGB — that make sense to fly out of from Los Angeles and 2 airports — SAN, TIJ — to access San Diego. The best deals are usually found by flying out of LAX.

jetBlue, Alaska Airlines, United, Virgin America, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Aeromexico, Volaris, Avianca, Copa operate flights which can help you travel from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The cheapest way by air is via Virgin America and flies from Los Angeles Intl (LAX) to San Diego Intl (SAN). United flies from Los Angeles Intl (LAX) to San Diego Intl (SAN) and is the quickest flight to get you from Los Angeles to San Diego.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to San Diego from Los Angeles, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$15
2h 11min
25 lb of CO2

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego

It's 112 miles between Los Angeles to San Diego. On a typical day, it might take between 2h 11min and 2h 18min from Los Angeles to San Diego under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 2h 24min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to San Diego by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $15.

What is the best way to travel from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Los Angeles to San Diego. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Los Angeles towards San Diego, as it is the cheapest to San Diego. It's common to find tickets for as low as $12. Greyhound operates from Los Angeles to San Diego, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Los Angeles to San Diego?

On your trip from Los Angeles to San Diego, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Los Angeles to San Diego CA - take the train or bus?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Los Angeles to San Diego. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to San Diego is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Los Angeles/San Diego buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Los Angeles is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Los Angeles CA and San Diego during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Los Angeles to San Diego? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of San Diego traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to San Diego is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Los Angeles to San Diego is by bus. The bus costs $12 roughly and will take 3 hours 45 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Amtrak costs about $40 between Los Angeles and San Diego. In total, the train will take roughly 2 hours 33 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at LAX Los Angeles Union Station, which is 1 miles from Los Angeles. Further, once you arrive at OLT San Diego Old Town Transportation Center or you will still have 4 miles to San Diego.

How long does it take from Los Angeles to San Diego by car?

The total distance between Los Angeles and San Diego is 112 miles and will take you about 2 hours 11 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $15.

Los Angeles to San Diego Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $12
Fastest Way Flight — 59min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 19 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 112 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa, Hawaiian Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United, Virgin America, Volaris, Interjet, Multiple Airlines

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound from Los Angeles to San Diego
Greyhound
Bus company
1 routes
Amtrak from Los Angeles to San Diego
Amtrak
Train company
19015 routes
Aeromexico from Los Angeles to San Diego
Aeromexico
Airline
814 routes
Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to San Diego
Alaska Airlines
Airline
848 routes
Avianca from Los Angeles to San Diego
Avianca
Airline
66 routes
Copa from Los Angeles to San Diego
Copa
Airline
178 routes
Hawaiian Airlines from Los Angeles to San Diego
Hawaiian Airlines
Airline
40 routes
jetBlue from Los Angeles to San Diego
jetBlue
Airline
440 routes
Southwest Airlines from Los Angeles to San Diego
Southwest Airlines
Airline
283 routes
United from Los Angeles to San Diego
United
Airline
2002 routes
Virgin America from Los Angeles to San Diego
Virgin America
Airline
73 routes
Volaris from Los Angeles to San Diego
Volaris
Airline
41 routes
Interjet from Los Angeles to San Diego
Interjet
Airline
85 routes