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Journey Information

There are 52 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to San Diego. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to San Diego usually takes around 3 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 50 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$12.90
Trips per day51
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Los Angeles to San Diego

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Ali

March 19, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Going to Los Angeles. Tips: Plan ahead , have internet for communication, getting around.

Pros: Going to Los Angeles. Tips: Plan ahead , have internet for communication, getting around.

4.0

Wanda

June 29, 2020- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Absolutely awesome! I was traveling for my birthday. I truly enjoyed the ride. Cons: The electric outage and wifi was not working on my way home on the entire left side of bus. I had to run a cord to the other side. And the bus was to crowded. Tips: Wear ...

Pros: Absolutely awesome! I was traveling for my birthday. I truly enjoyed the ride. Cons: The electric outage and wifi was not working on my way home on the entire left side of bus. I had to run a cord to the other side. And the bus was to crowded. Tips: Wear your mask.

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5.0

Ana

November 4, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: Very cheap! Cons: Better busses.

Pros: Very cheap! Cons: Better busses.

4.0

Brittmari

October 18, 2019- Couples trip

Greyhound

Pros: Komfortable, fast and worth the cost. Cons: It was very hot and the AC was out of order. But a short break and that the driver opened sunroof helped.

Pros: Komfortable, fast and worth the cost. Cons: It was very hot and the AC was out of order. But a short break and that the driver opened sunroof helped.

4.0

Chase

August 31, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: The Greyhound was super dirty. There was a used q-tip sitting the window sill next to me. Not cute. Cons: Cleanliness. Tips: It’s a gamble. The bus going was so dirty. The bus back was great and clean.

Pros: The Greyhound was super dirty. There was a used q-tip sitting the window sill next to me. Not cute. Cons: Cleanliness. Tips: It’s a gamble. The bus going was so dirty. The bus back was great and clean.

Los Angeles to San Diego Route Map

Los Angeles San Diego

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to San Diego?

$18.46 is the average price of a bus ticket from Los Angeles to San Diego. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$39$26$13JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Los Angeles to San Diego is expected to range from C$17 to C$25. If you are looking to travel to San Diego within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$18. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$17 and can be found on July 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around C$21 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

$32$26$19$13$63020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$8.81 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Diego?

There are 3 bus lines from Los Angeles to San Diego available for you to search and book on Wanderu. With 43 daily trips, FlixBus US usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US433h 9m$21.39
Greyhound73h 13m$22.56
Tufesa Internacional22h 53m$45.19
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 43 trips per day from Los Angeles to San Diego, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 7 bus trips from Los Angeles to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 13 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $15.

  • Tufesa Internacional

    Tufesa Internacional

    Tufesa Internacional is the international brand of one of the largest ground transportation providers in Mexico, Tufesa. The carrier offers daily bus trips to and from several cities in the Southwestern United States, including cross-border trips between the U.S. and Mexico. On average, Tufesa Internacional runs 2 from Los Angeles to San Diego, with prices starting from $45. The carrier’s fleet features modern coaches equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a digital entertainment system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Los Angeles to San Diego during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The average bus takes 3 hours and 9 minutes to travel from LA to San Diego. However, the fastest bus can get you there in 1 hours and 50 minutes. The distance between LA and SD is 111 miles, or 179 kilometers, which makes for a manageable day trip.

If you depart from Union Station in the morning, you will have plenty of time to enjoy San Diego in the daylight. Experience the beautiful beaches and ocean views, as well as famous sites like the San Diego Zoo and the U.S.S. Midway Museum. You can easily spend eight hours in San Diego before heading back to LA.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Buses departing from Los Angeles to San Diego tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 52 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 51 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to San Diego; ticket prices start at $44.54.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

San Diego

San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" for its sunny weather, white-sand beaches, and dazzling attractions from Belmont Park to SeaWorld. San Diego's 70 miles of pristine beaches include such gems as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Cove, and Coronado Beach. The city's strong surfing culture may even inspire you to rent a surfboard and catch the epic waves, bro.

Visitors can spend days getting lost in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre cultural hub which features 16 museums, immaculate gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The historic heart of the city, Old Town, showcases San Diego's heritage and ties to Mexican culture, while other sights like the USS Midway pay tribute to the city's military and maritime history. Leave time for some evening exploring, too! San Diego is rated the #1 best city for craft beer in America, so don't miss out on the bars in the Gaslamp Quarter: 16 walkable blocks packed with nightlife and young crowds.

Two airports, as well as many bus and train options, mean it is easy to get to San Diego from afar or from nearby cities like Tijuana, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Main departure station: Downtown - Vignes Lot

Buses to San Diego leave from 8 stations in Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 611 Maple Ave

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

Buses arrive in San Diego at 8 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in San Diego:

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

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