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Bus Trip Information: San Francisco to San Diego
There are 12 intercity buses per day from San Francisco to San Diego. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to San Diego usually takes around 12 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 10 hours and 15 minutes.
|Distance||458 mi (738 km)|
|Shortest duration||10h 15m|
|Trips per day||3|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus US|
How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to San Diego?
$89.31 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Francisco to San Diego. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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
Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Francisco to San Diego is expected to range from C$81 to C$121. If you are looking to travel to San Diego within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$87. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$81 and can be found on July 12, 2022.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$79 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to San Diego in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$92 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$32.76 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from San Francisco to San Diego?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to San Diego that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 9 scheduled trips per day.
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 9 trips per day from San Francisco to San Diego, and the average ticket for this route costs only .
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 4 bus trips from San Francisco to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 13 hours and 46 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $84.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to San Diego?
The bus takes an average of 12 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 738 kilometers from San Francisco to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 10 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Because many passengers travel from San Francisco to San Diego at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Francisco?
The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 San Francisco to San Diego; ticket prices start at $83.28.
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Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.
If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.
Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.
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.
Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?
Main departure station: Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St
Buses to San Diego leave from 3 stations in San Francisco.
All bus stations in San Francisco:
Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St
700 Beach Street
Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?
Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
Buses arrive in San Diego at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.
Bus stations in San Diego:
Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)
Westfield UTC Mall
789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village
San Ysidro Bus Terminal
Balboa Park - Presidents Way
SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave
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