Cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego

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Fastest2h 15m
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Los Angeles to San Diego
4.8
Based on 21 reviews

Based on 2 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
4.5
Value
3.5
Condition
4.5
Blair
5.0
15 October 2019Solo travel
Pros
People were very nice and the scenery was beautiful.
Cons
Timeliness and knowing what to look for when waiting for bus and train.
Tips
Upgrade to business class. It's worth it.

Based on 19 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 63 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Staff
4.4
Value
3.9
Condition
4.7
Doo Hwan
5.0
28 December 2019Solo travel
Pros
The train has chargers so that I could charge my iphone.
Tips
You are allowed to sit on waiting seats for at most two hours before your boarding.
Nicholas
5.0
12 December 2019Visiting family
Pros
I like looking out the window at the scenery passing by.
Cons
The wifi wasn't working, but they did have a good reason for why it wasn't during the trip.
Tips
Take trains! They are the way to go green!
Maria
5.0
23 August 2019Vacation
Cons
good
Heather
5.0
5 November 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I'd never taken the train before and it was so elegant! I'm used to overcrowded, expensive trains in the UK and this was glorious. Views down the coast didn't hurt either. Looking forward to my return trip tomorrow.
Cons
It's all pretty good really.
Tips
Sit in the lovely lounge at Union Station before you go - the staff tell you when your train is ready. Beats standing on the platform.
Charlie
5.0
11 October 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Most comfortable traveling experience I’ve ever had. Better than taking the car or a cramped airplane seat.
Cons
Lighting during the night , on the way back, was too bright. I wouldn’t have minded dimmer lights but that’s minor and understandable. The WiFi on the amtrack back also didn’t work but on the way up it worked just fine. A little disappointing considering I had planned t...More
Tips
Download stuff to your devices and get your stuff ready to be used offline just in case the WiFi doesn’t work. But if it does work (it did on the first train), I found the connection to be pretty solid!

How long does a train ride from L.A. to San Diego take compared to flying or driving?

On the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, the train ride from Los Angeles to San Diego typically takes just under three hours.

Flying nonstop from LA to San Diego takes about 50 minutes to an hour, while driving takes a little more than 2 hours and 30 minutes when there is no traffic. (Though in Los Angeles, you should plan for traffic.)

While flying may be the quickest way to get to L.A., it’s also the most expensive. From LAX to SAN, you’ll pay upwards of $200 to $300. Driving is cheaper, but requires focus, and includes additional costs like gas and parking.

With Amtrak, you can work for the entire trip without missing a beat or relax and enjoy the ocean views. Taking the train from Union Station in L.A. to Santa Fe Deposit in San Diego costs, on average, about $35 per trip. You can enjoy the comfortable seats, free Wifi and California view—all without the frustrations of airport security or being stuck in traffic.

What are the amenities like at Union Station in Los Angeles?

The amenities at Union Station in L.A. include dining, gift kiosks, bike hubs and more. They have a wide array of dining options, from elegant New American fare to fast food and coffee for taking on the train.

Located at the North Arcade, the Bike Center offers secure luggage storage. (Chinatown is less than a half-mile walk from Union Station, making it a great spot to get lunch after dropping off your bags.)

You can also kill time waiting for a train by getting your shoes shined for just $8 in the Passenger Concourse.

How is the Pacific Surfliner from LA to San Diego?

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a 350-mile long train service that runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. It has 25 stops and the entire route is about four hours long. These trains have an average speed of 41 miles per hour, but can reach a maximum of 80 to 90 miles per hour. They operate 12 daily round trips from L.A. to San Diego.

The Pacific Surfliner offers some amazing ocean views of Southern California, and has enough space and racks to carry a surfboard or bike. The train feature comfortable, reclining seats as well as power outlets, free Wi-Fi, restrooms, bike and luggage racks and large picture windows. An onboard Market Café offers fresh food, snacks, and beverages, including soft drinks, wine, cocktails and local craft beer. You can also upgrade to Business Class for additional perks.

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to San Diego was . 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. On the Pacific Surfliner, Everyday Discounts are available for seniors, kids, students, military personnel, veterans and passengers with disabilities. Rail fares can be higher during holiday periods. Some restrictions apply.

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

The distance between Los Angeles and San Diego is approximately 111.54 miles, or 179.47 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 3 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 15 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 Los Angeles to San Diego?

On Saturday trains from Los Angeles 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 Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Typically there are 60 schedules to compare for your trip to San Diego. On the route to San Diego 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers the most scheduled departures between Los Angeles to San Diego, usually offering 44 trips per day. 41 train trips per day are direct connections to San Diego, 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 Coach tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego, which start at £6.20.

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

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego start from £27.22, and on average cost £31.61. Daily there are 20 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from Catalina Express Terminal and 4 other stations. And in San Diego trains arrive at 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station.

From Los Angeles to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 4 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 33 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £29.91 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
4h 37m
Avg. Price
£31.61

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego start from £27.22, and on average cost £28.40. Daily there are 44 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to San Diego. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and 2 other stations. And in San Diego trains arrive at 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station.

From Los Angeles to San Diego train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 3 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 35 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £28.47 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 23m
Avg. Price
£28.40

Plan your next adventure

There are 5 train stations in Los Angeles with trains to San Diego. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 592 Gayley Ave
There are 2 different stations where trains from Los Angeles arrive 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 train stations in San Diego:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St