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Train Information between Irvine, CA and San Diego

distanceDistance76 miles (122 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Irvine, CA to San Diego cover the 76 miles (122 km) long trip with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available.


Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Irvine, CA and San Diego.

Train information from Irvine, CA to San Diego with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 47 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 7 a day

When purchasing your Amtrak train tickets between Irvine, CA and San Diego, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

  • 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 (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 or the app).

Trains from Irvine to San Diego

The second largest city in California, located right on the border with Mexico, San Diego has a frontier town atmosphere and a distinct Latin American culture. It's a very popular tourist destination thanks to its excellent surf beaches, traditional waterfront boardwalk, the San Diego Zoo and marine life center, and its famous roller coaster, the Giant Dipper. San Diego is also a starting point for travelers heading over the border to Tijuana. City break vacationers, surfers and business travelers from further up the coast can take a direct train from Irvine to San Diego seven days a week on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner Line, the scenic route following the Pacific coastline down southern California. Direct Amtrak trains are frequent, operating from early in the morning to late at night, with journey times of a little under 2 hours. Trains from Irvine arrive at two stations in San Diego, in the Old Town on the north side of the city, and the more central historic Santa Fe terminus.

Which train companies travel from Irvine to San Diego?

The main long distance railroad operator in the USA, Amtrak, provides all trains from Irvine to San Diego on its Pacific Surfliner Line, the Californian route that stretches from San Luis Obispo in the north to the Santa Fe Depot by the Mexican border in San Diego. Passengers on Pacific Surfliner trains can choose Coach or Business Class seating on all services, with an onboard cafe serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages. Business Class travelers are provided with complimentary snacks, beverages and a newspaper. The train from Irvine to San Diego has at-seat power points for charging cell phones and personal devices, free WiFi and bicycle storage areas, and passengers may check two large items of luggage.

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

The fastest train from Irvine to San Diego Santa Fe Depot is the late evening departure, which takes 1 hour and 48 minutes to complete the 86 mile (138 kilometer) trip to the border city. Other direct trains from Irvine take between two and 11 minutes longer to complete the trip to San Diego. Trains from Irvine arrive at the San Diego Old Town Transportation Center north of the city center about ten to 15 minutes before ending their journey at the Santa Fe Depot. With frequent direct services heading south on the Pacific Surfliner route, it is not necessary to consider indirect connections from Irvine to San Diego.

How many trains are there from Irvine to San Diego?

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner weekday schedule offers 13 daily direct trains from Irvine to San Diego, with all departures stopping at both the Old Town Transportation Center and the Santa Fe Depot in the southern city. Trains operate from the early morning, with five morning departures, five afternoon connections, two evening services and a final late-night train from Irvine to San Diego arriving at the Santa Fe Depot just after 1:00 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays there are also 13 direct trains to San Diego, although departure times from Irvine differ slightly from weekday timetables.

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

Departure station: Irvine Transportation Center is the city's main hub for all Amtrak long distance rail services. Located southeast of downtown Irvine, the station's public transit connections are provided by two Metrolink commuter rail lines and numerous Orange County Transportation Authority bus routes. Facilities at the station include free same-day and overnight parking lots, ATMs, accessible restrooms, charging stations, free WiFi, baggage storage lockers and vending machines. Dining options include an Asian restaurant and a coffee shop and bakery, located by the parking area close to the station concourse.

Arrival station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot is a landmark domed Spanish Colonial Revival building and national historic site dating from 1915 that marks the southern terminus of the Pacific Surfliner line. The station is located in the city center by the bay, with local transit connections provided by the San Diego Trolley, Coaster suburban rail lines and San Diego Metropolitan Transit city bus routes. San Diego Old Town Transportation Center is situated northeast of downtown San Diego, in the Midway District, with public transit available on the San Diego Trolley Green Line and Coaster commuter trains. Passenger facilities at Santa Fe Station include accessible restrooms, baggage storage services, ATMs, taxi stands and vending machines. Downtown San Diego streets near the railroad station have numerous bars, coffee shops, fast food outlets, restaurants and convenience stores.

Travel Tips

Trains from Irvine, CA to San Diego
Travel by train to San Diego easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Irvine, CA to San Diego.
How far is it from Irvine, CA to San Diego by train?
The train distance from Irvine, CA to San Diego is around 76 miles (122 km).
Which train companies can get me from Irvine, CA to San Diego?
For the best Irvine, CA to San Diego train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to San Diego from Irvine, CA to compare what amenities they may offer.
What are the first and last departure train times from Irvine, CA to San Diego?
You can take the first train from Irvine, CA to San Diego at 2: 08 PM. The last train from Irvine, CA to San Diego that you can take departs at 10: 59 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Irvine, CA to San Diego schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.