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Trip Summary

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

Lowest priceHUF 10,505.84
Fastest train2h 39m
Trains per day8
Train lines2

San Diego to Los Angeles Route Map

San Diego Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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

In the last month, HUF 11,065.55 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA. 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 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around HUF 173.60 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 39 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 San Diego to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Tuesday 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 San Diego at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 San Diego to Los Angeles?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 24 of these are direct connections to Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles to San Diego. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles for HUF 4,489.67.

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

2 train services operate from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak53h 24mHUF 11,143.37
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner43h 19mHUF 11,251.12

Amtrak train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start from HUF 10,506, and on average cost HUF 11,143. Daily there are 5 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in San Diego leaves from Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other station. And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 3 other train stations. From San Diego to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 24 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 16 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay HUF 11,344 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start from HUF 10,506, and on average cost HUF 11,251. Daily there are 4 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in San Diego leaves from Santa Fe Depot - 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 19 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 20 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay HUF 11,688 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Price trends for trains from San Diego to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

HUF 13,469HUF 8,979HUF 4,490AprApr

Monthly average prices

HUF 14,966HUF 11,972HUF 8,979HUF 5,986HUF 2,993MJJASONDJFMA

Prices as travel date approaches

HUF 14,966HUF 11,972HUF 8,979HUF 5,986HUF 2,9933020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Silas

1 December 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: I got a window seat with great coastal views. Cons: The return trip from San Diego was very crowded with quite a few people standing in the aisles. Apparently another train had broken down so our train had to take these extra passengers but there are not enough s... Pros: I got a window seat with great coastal views. Cons: The return trip from San Diego was very crowded with quite a few people standing in the aisles. Apparently another train had broken down so our train had to take these extra passengers but there are not enough seats for them. Also, the train from San Diego to Los Angeles arrived half an hour late. Tips: Be sure that you book a seat because around Thanksgiving, all the seats get sold out before people actually get on the train.More

4.0

Abdul

22 October 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: anything. Tips: Yes. Pros: anything. Tips: Yes.

4.0

Christine

14 October 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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. 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.

5.0

Rama

3 October 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

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! 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!

5.0

Anita

27 September 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Vacation. Cons: Loved the trip. Tips: Use this service it’s great. Pros: Vacation. Cons: Loved the trip. Tips: Use this service it’s great.

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