Cheap train tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego

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How much are train tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego?

Lowest Price$79.39
Fastest7h 56m
Daily Schedules7
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How do you find cheap train tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego 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 Santa Maria to San Diego was $79.39. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 3 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $1.26 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 Santa Maria to San Diego?

The distance between Santa Maria and San Diego is approximately 243.46 miles, or 391.70 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 9 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 56 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 Santa Maria to San Diego?

On Friday trains from Santa Maria to San Diego 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 Santa Maria to San Diego

Typically there are 7 schedules to compare for your trip to San Diego. One train carrier operates regular service on the Santa Maria to San Diego route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Santa Maria to San Diego, usually offering 7 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from Santa Maria to San Diego, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego, which start at $75.42.

One train company connects Santa Maria to San Diego

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Maria to San Diego start from $79.39, and on average cost $84.99. Daily there are 7 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in Santa Maria leaves from IHOP - 205 S Nicholson Ave, And in San Diego trains arrive at 4005 Taylor St and one other train station.

From Santa Maria to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 9 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 56 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $79.39 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

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Avg. Time
9h 16m
Avg. Price
$84.99

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Santa Maria on their way to San Diego. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Santa Maria are:
  • IHOP - 205 S Nicholson Ave
There are 2 different stations where trains arrive to in San Diego. 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 San Diego:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St