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Trip Summary

There are 13 daily trains from Fullerton to San Diego. Traveling by train from Fullerton to San Diego usually takes around 3 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Distance91 mi (147 km)
Fastest train2h 8m
Lowest price£25.30
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Fullerton to San Diego

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Jacqueline

20 March 2022- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It was very fast and quiet. Cons: The bathroom could be cleaned more.

Pros: It was very fast and quiet. Cons: The bathroom could be cleaned more.

5.0

Helen

21 February 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The trains were on time clean, roomy , staff was awesome and the mask rules were enforced on the platform, inside the station and on the train. Great trip! Cons: Nothing! Tips: Book in advance and feel free to bring what makes you comfy, like a blanket or cozy s...

Pros: The trains were on time clean, roomy , staff was awesome and the mask rules were enforced on the platform, inside the station and on the train. Great trip! Cons: Nothing! Tips: Book in advance and feel free to bring what makes you comfy, like a blanket or cozy socks.

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5.0

Linda

19 November 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Seeing beautiful CA. was terrific! Cons: Nothing. Tips: Get business class ticjets.

Pros: Seeing beautiful CA. was terrific! Cons: Nothing. Tips: Get business class ticjets.

4.0

Leigh

15 November 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: smooth, fast and scenic! Cons: more private seating in business class.

Pros: smooth, fast and scenic! Cons: more private seating in business class.

5.0

Fatema

10 June 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Very comfortable ( we travelled business class) and scenic ride. We did not have to drive from San Diego to LA. Cons: Food options.

Pros: Very comfortable ( we travelled business class) and scenic ride. We did not have to drive from San Diego to LA. Cons: Food options.

What is the price of a train ticket from Fullerton to San Diego?

In the last month, £26.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Fullerton to San Diego. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 5 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £4.53 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£37£25£12AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Fullerton to San Diego will vary between £26 and £31. Planning a train trip to San Diego within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Fullerton over the next 7 days is £28. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

£41£33£25£17£8SONDJFMAMJJA

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Fullerton to San Diego by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Fullerton to San Diego in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £34 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

£41£33£25£17£83020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 5 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Diego from Fullerton will be about £4.53 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Fullerton to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Fullerton to San Diego. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak84h 13m£31.36
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner52h 18m£25.59
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 8 Amtrak trains from Fullerton to San Diego every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £25.

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 5 train trips from Fullerton to San Diego every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from £25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Fullerton to San Diego during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Fullerton to San Diego?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Fullerton to San Diego. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Fullerton to San Diego?

The distance between Fullerton and San Diego is approximately 91 miles, or 147 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 8 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Fullerton to San Diego on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Fullerton at 03:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Fullerton to San Diego?

There are 13 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to San Diego. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Diego to Fullerton.

City Information

Fullerton

Fullerton was founded in 1887 and is roughly 22 miles from Los Angeles. The area around Fullerton was the original California orange growing zone due to its great Mediterranean environment. The nightlife in downtown Fullerton is well-known, plus there are around 50 parks in the city, including the famed Fullerton Arboretum, which features 26 acres of uncommon and rare species as well as sculpted gardens.

Fullerton has some of the best art museums in the country, including Muckenthaler Art and Cultural Center and the Clayes Performing Arts Center. You can also experience amazing lakes such as the Laguna Lake Park.

If you're a beer-lover, visit the Bootleggers Brewery. Founded in 2008 by home brewer and beer enthusiast Aaron Barkenhagen, Bootleggers Brewery is one of Orange County's largest artisan breweries.

As for transportation, Amtrak and Fullerton Metrolink are the two best train stations in Fullerton serviced by Amtrak's Southwest Chief and Pacific Surfliner. These Amtrak lines connect from Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and even as far away as Chicago. For buses, Amtrak Thruway comes from Santa Ana, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and Riverside to Fullerton. The nearest airport is Long Beach Airport, which is only 14 miles away from the city.

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 is the train station in Fullerton?

Main departure station: 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 14 stops and stations in Fullerton where you can board the train.

All train stations in Fullerton:

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

  • Union Station

  • SunLine Transit Stop - 190 N Indian Canyon Dr

  • SunLine Transit Stop - 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

  • Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

  • 201 E Hwy 66

  • 225 S Seminary St

  • 685 N First Ave

  • 1 East Rte 66

  • 1170 W Third St

  • Alvarado Transportation Center - 314 1st St SW

  • 413 E 7th St

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego, CA - Santa Fe Depot (1050 Kettner Blvd) - SANAMT2-0

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Main arrival station: Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

The Santa Fe Depot is the main train station in San Diego and one of the end points of the Pacific Surfliner, the only Amtrak train line that serves the city. The station is also used by the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley light rail transit service and the COASTER commuter rail service that connects the city with the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County. Opened in 1915, the Santa Fe Depot is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture and grand interior space that features natural redwood beam ceilings and ceramic details. The train station is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, making it easy to reach from all parts of the city.

Train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 4005 Taylor St

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