How to travel from San Francisco, CA to San Diego

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Travel Information between San Francisco, CA and San Diego

distanceDistance457 miles (737 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$82 - $184
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $82 (€76) • 10 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $184 (€170) • 1 h 26 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 457 miles (737 km) from San Francisco, CA to San Diego. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 26 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $82 (€76). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from San Francisco, CA to San Diego.

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There are 4 ways to travel to San Diego from San Francisco, CA including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to San Diego from San Francisco, CA is by taking a bus, which costs on average $82 (€76).

This is compared to other ways of getting to San Diego:

A bus is $101 (€94) less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from San Francisco, CA to San Diego costing on average $184 (€170).

Taking a bus is about $1 (€1) less than taking a train, which costs on average $83 (€77) for this route.

The fastest way to get to San Diego from San Francisco, CA is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 26 min.

Other travel options to San Diego can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to San Diego by bus can take on average 10 h 10 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 12 h 35 min   on average.

San Diego is approximately 457 miles (737 km) away from San Francisco, CA.

The average frequency per day from San Francisco, CA to San Diego is:

  • 1 bus a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from San Francisco, CA to San Diego as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from San Francisco, CA to San Diego:

    If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

    • Flixbus can take you to San Diego by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego for $82 (€76).
    • Alaska Airlines can take you to San Diego by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Alaska Airlines from San Francisco, CA to San Diego for $184 (€170).
    • Amtrak can get you to San Diego by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Amtrak from San Francisco, CA to San Diego for $83 (€77) on Omio.

    Yes, there are direct services available from San Francisco, CA to San Diego with the following travel companies:

    • You can travel directly by bus with with 1 direct bus per day.

    Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to San Diego as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from San Francisco, CA to San Diego.

    Many of our customers traveling from San Francisco, CA to San Diego don't make San Diego their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after San Diego are Los Angeles, Paris or Madrid, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from San Diego to any of these top destinations today!

    Before traveling from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

    • A bus ticket for this route is costing $82 (€76) one way on average.
    • A plane ticket for this route is costing $184 (€170) one way on average.
    • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $83 (€77) one way.

    But we recommend booking San Francisco, CA to San Diego tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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