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Trip Summary

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

Lowest priceCA$44.16
Fastest train2h 20m
Trains per day9
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to San Diego, CA

(Based on 22 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Roberto

18 June 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: None. Pros: Comfortable. Cons: None.

5.0

Doo Hwan

28 December 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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. 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.

5.0

Nicholas

12 December 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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! 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!

5.0

Heather

5 November 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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 ... 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.More

5.0

Blair

15 October 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak

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. 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.

Los Angeles to San Diego Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner?

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 features 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.

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to San Diego?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles 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.

What is the price of a train ticket 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 journey from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The distance between Los Angeles and San Diego is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 20 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?

Trains from Los Angeles to San Diego are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 00:00 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 Los Angeles to San Diego?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 23 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 Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to San Diego for CA$18.87.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak44h 53mCA$47.54
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner53h 18mCA$46.85

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego start from CA$44, and on average cost CA$48. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and 3 other stations. And in San Diego trains arrive at Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station. From Los Angeles to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 4 hours and 53 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 20 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 17 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay CA$47 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego start from CA$44, and on average cost CA$47. Daily there are 5 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 Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station. From Los Angeles to San Diego train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 3 hours and 18 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 20 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 20 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay CA$49 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Price trends for trains from Los Angeles to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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City Information

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

San Diego

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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

Los Angeles

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Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

Other train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd

  • 592 Gayley Ave

San Diego

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Santa Fe Depot

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.

Other train stations in San Diego:

  • 4005 Taylor St

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