San Diego to Fresno, CA train

Cheap train tickets from San Diego to Fresno, CA

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49

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50

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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01:10PMSan Diego8h02 09:12PMFresno, CA
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05:10PMSan Diego10h02 03:12AMFresno, CA
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02:10PMSan Diego9h02 11:12PMFresno, CA
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501One-way

Train schedule from San Diego to Fresno, CA

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01:10PMSan Diego8h02 09:12PMFresno, CA
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02:10PMSan Diego9h02 11:12PMFresno, CA
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05:10PMSan Diego10h02 03:12AMFresno, CA
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Fastest train times from San Diego to Fresno, CA

Showing times and prices for Jul 08

Fastest Journey

8 h 2 m

Average

9 h 2 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

508 km

Of the 3 trains that leave San Diego for Fresno, CA every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Amtrak
01:10PMSan Diego8h02 09:12PMFresno, CA
0 transfers
491One-way
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02:10PMSan Diego9h02 11:12PMFresno, CA
0 transfers
501One-way
Amtrak
05:10PMSan Diego10h02 03:12AMFresno, CA
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501One-way

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Overview: Train from San Diego to Fresno, CA

distanceDistance315 miles (508 km)
durationAverage train duration8 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price$55 (€51)
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from San Diego to Fresno, CA cover the 315 miles (508 km) long route taking on average 8 h 2 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $55 (€51), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $53 (€49).

Train companies: Amtrak from San Diego to Fresno, CA trains

You can travel by train from San Diego to Fresno, CA with Amtrak for as low as $53 (€49). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

Amtrak

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 to Fresno, CA from San Diego.

  • Average Price: $53

Trains from San Diego to Fresno

If you are planning on traveling to Fresno from San Diego by train, Amtrak has a choice of departures for you to choose from. There are usually eight trains a day, every day of the week, which leave in the morning. These journeys take from around 8h 10min to about 9h 47min. You will need to make two changes during the trip, usually in Los Angeles and in Bakersfield.

San Diego to Fresno Train Time: Daily Departures

There are normally eight trains departing San Diego and heading to Fresno every day of the week. All these trains leave in the morning. Typically, the first train leaves at about 6:00 a.m., and the last train leaves San Diego at around 8:30 a.m. There are usually two trains that leave at the same time for Fresno during that period.

How long is the journey by train from San Diego to Fresno?

The train journey from San Diego to Fresno can take from about 8h 10min to approximately 9h 47min. Each journey makes the same stops, one in Los Angeles and one in Bakersfield. However, the length of the stops is why the travel times are different. For the fastest trip, the stops are for about 24min and around 17min, while the slowest trip has stops of around 1h 40min and approximately 17min.

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

Departure train station: You will be departing from either Old Town Transportation or Santa Fe Depot. Santa Fe Depot is a station located about 10min from central San Diego by the Blue Line Tram or by walking along Broadway. The station has disabled accessible facilities including waiting room, restrooms, and ticket sales office. There is no wi-fi service available, but there are vending machines and an ATM. Old Town is just a platform located about 25min north of the city center by the Sycuan Green Line. There are no services or facilities, although there are vending machines, and the only disabled assistance is wheelchair lift availability. You should arrive at the station at least 30min in advance if you do not have to check luggage, 45min if you do.

San Diego Historic Heart. Source: Shutterstock

Arrival train station: You will arrive at Fresno Station. The station is a 5min walk to the city center, or a 2min ride on Bus 22. The station has a waiting area, restrooms, sales office, and vending machines, but there is no wi-fi service available. Disabled visitors will find accessible restrooms, waiting areas, and platforms.

Which train companies travel from San Diego to Fresno?

Amtrak, also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is the main provider of train services between San Diego and Fresno. It provides train service in the United States for long- and medium-distance travel between cities. The Pacific Surfliner is the train service that runs the route that includes the trip from San Diego to Fresno and is Amtrak’s second busiest intercity passenger corridor, transporting over three million riders with 26 trains on the schedule every day.

Amtrak trains from San Diego to Fresno

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service covers the journey to Fresno from San Diego. There are eight trains departing every morning, with two trains leaving at the same time four times a day. These are generally electric-diesel locomotives, and the journey requires travelers to make a change twice. There are currently no direct service. Normally the changes are in Los Angeles and in Bakersfield.

Train San Diego to Fresno: Services on Board

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service to Fresno from San Diego offers two classes: coach and business. In coach you get a reclining seat with leg room and a fold down table as well as an individual reading light and electrical outlet access. There are coach seat reservations available on a limited basis on this route. Business class travelers get more comfortable seats with more leg room as well as complimentary snacks, beverages, and newspapers.

There is a café car available for all passengers, and free wi-fi service onboard, as well as restrooms. There is limited space available for bicycles onboard, so you need to make a special reservation for your bike when you book. Generally, you can bring up to six pieces of luggage on board for free. This comprises two personal items of up to 25 pounds each and measuring no more than 14” x 11” x 7”, such as a briefcase or purse; two carry-ons that can measure up to 28" x 22" x 11" and weigh up to 50 pounds each; and two checked bags that can measure up to 75 linear inches (length + width + height).

Amtrak only allows officially certified service animals on board. You can bring required medical devices on board at no extra cost as long as you purchase a mobility impaired fare. Amtrak also offers a full range of disabled accessible services from accessible train cars to wheeled mobility device assistance. You should notify the company in advance to ensure that they can accommodate your needs.

Fresno Chukchansi Park. Source: Shutterstock

How to find cheap train tickets from San Diego to Fresno?

There are a number of ways you can find cheap tickets for trains to Fresno from San Diego. Often, fares are cheaper for advance purchases. Also, if you are flexible with your travel dates, you may find better rates a day earlier or later than you planned. You can also look for special promotion or discounts. If you are traveling with friends and family, you may qualify for a group rate.

Amtrak offers discounts for children and senior citizens as well as for military personnel. You can also check for limited time promo codes such as for buy one get one free or rail passes for multiple rides or regional travel.

To Fresno by train—travel tips

Outdoor lovers and adventure seekers will love how close they are to three national parks. Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks are just an hour and a half drive away. Or you can head closer to Woodward Park where 300 acres in the city offer something for everyone, including five miles of trails, a Japanese garden, and three playgrounds.

The Forestiere Underground Gardens fascinate visitors as they tour through patios, grottos, and gardens that were lovingly cultivated underground for decades with enough sunlight still to grow fruit trees. Families can frolic together at Island Water Park or enjoy an old-time movie experience at the massive Tower Theater that seats over 700 people.

If you happen to be stopping by in the beginning of October, you should try to stop by the Big Fresno Fair. Held in the traditional of American state fairs across the country, you can enjoy carnival rides, fair foods, concerts, exhibits, competitions, and more.

You could visit one of the many vineyards or breweries – you don’t need to drink as most of these locations offer wonderful views and vistas as well as having restaurants featuring the best in farm to fork menus with ingredients from nearby farms. Or you could pick your own produce along the Fresno County Fruit Trail, where you can always find something in season to savor.

Travel Tips: Trains from San Diego to Fresno, CA

Travel by train to Fresno, CA 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 San Diego to Fresno, CA.
FAQs
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Fresno, CA from San Diego for the next 7 days starting from $53 (€49)  one way.
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the San Diego to Fresno, CA train to cost on average $55 (€51)  one way.
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Fresno, CA from San Diego by train to be approximately 315 miles (508 km).
On average the San Diego to Fresno, CA train time is 8 h 2 min  covering the 315 miles (508 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
If you're looking for trains from San Diego to Fresno, CA, you can rely on Amtrak to get you to Fresno, CA. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the San Diego to Fresno, CA journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
You can take the first train from San Diego to Fresno, CA at 1: 10 PM. The last train from San Diego to Fresno, CA that you can take departs at 5: 40 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from San Diego to Fresno, CA schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
The price of a one way train ticket from San Diego to Fresno, CA is on average $55 (€51) if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets from San Diego to Fresno, CA available a few months in advance.

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