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Journey Summary

Irvine, CA to San Diego Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
2 hours 41 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $29
Trains depart from:Irvine, CA
Trains arrive in:San Diego
Distance:123 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

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.

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Trains from Irvine, CA to San Diego
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How much do cheap trains between Irvine, CA and San Diego cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Irvine, CA to San Diego to cost as little as $29 (€23)  in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train between Irvine, CA and San Diego?
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Irvine, CA to San Diego train to cost on average $30 (€23)  one way.
What is the distance between Irvine, CA and San Diego by train?
The train distance from Irvine, CA to San Diego is around 76 miles (122 km).
How long is a train to San Diego from Irvine, CA on average?
The train time between Irvine, CA and San Diego is on average 1 h 43 min  for the 76 miles (122 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Irvine, CA and San Diego by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What time is the earliest train from Irvine, CA to San Diego? What time is the last train from Irvine, CA to San Diego?
You can take the first train from Irvine, CA to San Diego at 6: 21 AM. 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.
How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Irvine, CA to San Diego to get the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Irvine, CA to San Diego within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $30 (€23) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Irvine, CA to San Diego are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.