Cheap train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles

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How much are train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price$46.61
Fastest2h 39m
Daily Schedules60
train companies2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for San Diego to Los Angeles
4.5
Based on 11 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Alexey
4.0
August 15, 2019Business
Pros
Comfortable seats, not crowded cabin (Thursday morning).
Cons
To clean windows.
Tips
Use Amtrak!

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 80 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.2
Value
3.8
Condition
4.7
Abdul
4.0
October 22, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
anything
Tips
Yes
Christine
4.0
October 14, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The top deck made a super viewing platform. Trash and recycling at the end of the carriage . This is missing on U.K. Trains.
Cons
I think you’ve got all bases covered.
Rama
5.0
October 3, 2019Vacation
Pros
the views were breathtaking!
Cons
easier for folks with knee issues to catch a trolley to the front of train station in LA
Tips
have camera ready for photos!
Anita
5.0
September 27, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Vacation
Cons
Loved the trip
Tips
Use this service it’s great
Fernanda
4.0
July 23, 2019Vacation
Pros
The personnel was extremely friendly
Cons
The time schedule
Tips
The air conditioning is put very cold. Consider taking a light sweater

How do you get around L.A. from Union Station?

There are a number of different transportation options to get from Union Station to other parts of Los Angeles.

To get to LAX, passengers can take the LAX Flyaway bus from Bus Stop 9 at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza. The cost is $9.75 per person.

The Los Angeles Metro Rail has a number of lines that you can take from Union Station, such as the Red Line, Gold Line and Purple Line. The Silver Line on the Metro Busway departs from Union Station as well.

The Metrolink commuter rail offers transport to five Southern California counties. Lines that pass through Union Station include the 91/Perris Valley, San Bernardino, Antelope Valley, Ventura County, Orange County, and Riverside lines.

In addition, you can summon an Uber or Lyft, or take a taxi from the taxi stand located in front of Union Station West.

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Diego to Los Angeles was $49.59. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 4 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $1.31 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

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

The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is approximately 111.54 miles, or 179.47 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 4 hours and 19 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 39 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Diego to Los Angeles?

On Thursday trains from San Diego to Los Angeles are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most frequent connections between San Diego to Los Angeles

Typically there are 60 schedules to compare for your trip to Los Angeles. On the route to Los Angeles 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Diego to Los Angeles, usually offering 31 trips per day. 42 train trips per day are direct connections to Los Angeles, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles, which start at $10.62.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from San Diego to Los Angeles

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start from $46.61, and on average cost $55.33. Daily there are 31 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in San Diego leaves from 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other station. And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Catalina Express Terminal and 4 other train stations.

From San Diego to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 5 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 39 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 29 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $54.20 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 18m
Avg. Price
$55.33

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start from $46.61, and on average cost $49.79. Daily there are 30 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in San Diego leaves from 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other station. And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 2 other train stations.

From San Diego to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 3 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 39 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 32 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $50.48 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$49.79

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 different stations that serve train trips to Los Angeles that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in San Diego are:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St
There are 5 different stations where trains arrive to in Los Angeles. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving stations in Los Angeles:
  • Union Station
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 592 Gayley Ave