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Train Information from Anaheim, CA to San Diego

distanceDistance89 miles (143 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price$34 (€27)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Anaheim, CA to San Diego cover the 89 miles (143 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 2 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $34 (€27), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $33 (€27).

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Train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego with Amtrak

You can travel by train between Anaheim, CA and San Diego with Amtrak for as low as $33 (€27). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train provider in the United States. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and First Class for you to book for your next journey by train between Anaheim, CA and San Diego.

It’s easy to book your Amtrak train ticket between Anaheim, CA and San Diego online with Omio! Simply check the current Amtrak train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route between Anaheim, CA and San Diego as well as relevant travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap Amtrak train tickets online. Prices for Amtrak trains from Anaheim, CA to San Diego start at $33 (€27) one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 89 miles (143 km). If you search for Amtrak trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the Amtrak tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when traveling by train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Anaheim, CA to San Diego Amtrak train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Amtrak has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Amtrak tickets between Anaheim, CA and San Diego and when traveling by train:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Trains from Anaheim to San Diego

San Diego is the second largest city in California, an old frontier town with a strong Latin American feel. San Diego has some of Southern California's finest surf beaches as well as a traditional boardwalk and family attractions such as the zoo, marine life center, and the famous roller coaster, the Giant Dipper. San Diego is a popular choice for a family break or as the starting point for travelers planning a trip over the Mexican border to Tijuana. Vacationers, tamale enthusiasts, surfers and business travelers from further north can take a direct train from Anaheim to San Diego seven days a week on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route which serves the towns on the southern Californian coast. Trains from Anaheim are frequent, operating from early in the morning to late at night, with journey times around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Trains from Anaheim arrive at San Diego station, in the Old Town quarter, and downtown at the historic Santa Fe Depot.

Which train companies travel from Anaheim to San Diego?

Amtrak, the foremost long distance railroad company in the USA, operates all the trains from Anaheim to San Diego on its Pacific Surfliner Line, the route that runs from San Luis Obispo in northern California south to the end of the line by the Mexican border in San Diego. Passengers on Pacific Surfliner trains can opt for Coach or Business Class seating, with a cafe service on board offering sandwiches, snacks and beverages. Business Class travelers are provided with complimentary snacks, beverages and a newspaper. The train from Anaheim to San Diego also provides power sockets for charging personal devices, free WiFi and storage space for bicycles. On some Amtrak services, passengers can check two large items of luggage in addition to carry-on items.

How long is the train ride from Anaheim to San Diego?

The fastest train from Anaheim to San Diego Santa Fe Depot is the mid-evening departure taking 2 hours and nine minutes to complete the 120 mile (193 kilometer) trip to the border city. Other direct trains take between two and 11 minutes longer to reach San Diego. Trains from Anaheim arrive at the San Diego Old Town Transportation Center north of the city center around ten to 15 minutes earlier than at the downtown Santa Fe Depot. With very frequent direct connections from Anaheim, indirect journeys are not a consideration on this route south to San Diego.

How many trains are there from Anaheim to San Diego?

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner weekday schedule features 13 daily direct trains from Anaheim to San Diego, with all trains stopping at both the Old Town Transportation Center and the Santa Fe Depot. Departures begin from the early morning, with five morning trains, five afternoon departures, two evening connections and a final late night train from Anaheim to San Diego arriving at Santa Fe Depot just after 1.00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday schedules to San Diego have the same number of direct trains, but departure times from Anaheim are slightly different.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Anaheim to San Diego?

Departure station: The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, known locally as ARTIC, is the modern steel and glass hub for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains, located in the Platinum Triangle near the Anaheim Resort. Public transit options include Metrolink commuter trains, ART shuttle transfers from Disneyland, long distance buses, and Orange County bus services arriving at the station stands. Facilities at ARTIC include short-term and overnight parking lots, baggage storage services and accessible restrooms, with dining options that include a pretzel bar, frozen yogurt stand and coffee shop.

Arrival station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot is a stylish Spanish Colonial Revival building and national historic site dating from 1915 that marks the final stop on the Pacific Surfliner line from northern California. The station is located downtown close to the bay, with local public transit connections including the San Diego Trolley, Coaster suburban rail services and San Diego Metropolitan Transit city bus routes. San Diego Old Town Transportation Center is located further away from the center, on the northeast side of the Midway District, with public transit connections to downtown provided by San Diego Trolley services on the Green Line and Coaster commuter trains. Passenger facilities at Santa Fe Depot include accessible restrooms, baggage storage services, ATMs, taxi stands and vending machines. The neighborhood immediately around Santa Fe Depot has numerous restaurants, coffee shops, bars, fast food outlets, newsstands and convenience stores.

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Trains from Anaheim, CA to San Diego
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FAQs
How much does a cheap train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Anaheim, CA to San Diego to cost as little as $33 (€27)  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Anaheim, CA to San Diego?
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Anaheim, CA to San Diego train to cost on average $34 (€27)  one way.
How many miles is it from Anaheim, CA to San Diego by train?
The Anaheim, CA to San Diego train distance is approximately 89 miles (143 km).
How long is the train ride between Anaheim, CA and San Diego?
The train time between Anaheim, CA and San Diego is on average 2 h 2 min  for the 89 miles (143 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Anaheim, CA to San Diego by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Which train companies can take me to San Diego from Anaheim, CA?
For the best Anaheim, CA to San Diego train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to San Diego from Anaheim, CA to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many train services per day are there between Anaheim, CA and San Diego?
The average number of trains departing Anaheim, CA for San Diego is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego at 6: 01 AM. The last train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego that you can take departs at 10: 37 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Anaheim, CA to San Diego schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How far in advance should I buy train tickets to San Diego from Anaheim, CA for the best deals?
You can find trains from Anaheim, CA to San Diego to cost on average $34 (€27) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Anaheim, CA to San Diego train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.