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Cheap train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco

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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco?

Lowest Price£52.17
Fastest Train12h 20m
Trains Per Day18
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to take a day-trip from San Diego to San Francisco?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to enjoy a day trip from San Diego to San Francisco. The first train leaves San Diego at 4 a.m., yet the route takes anywhere from 12 to 14 hours to get to San Francisco. A trip from San Diego to San Fran should be at least two days long to truly enjoy your time in the Bay Area.

Can you take a train directly from San Diego to San Francisco?

There is no direct train from San Diego to San Francisco, but it is still very easy to get into the city. Take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner north to Oakland, which is very close to San Francisco. From Oakland, simply take the Red or Yellow BARTA line, which only takes about 12 minutes and costs just $4. Overall, the trip takes roughly 12 hours.

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco 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 San Diego to San Francisco was £62.29. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 9 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £1.76 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 San Diego to San Francisco?

The distance between San Diego and San Francisco is approximately 458.59 miles, or 737.84 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 14 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 12 hours and 20 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 San Diego to San Francisco?

On Tuesday trains from San Diego to San Francisco 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.

What train companies travel from San Diego to San Francisco?

Typically there are 18 schedules to compare for your trip to San Francisco. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Diego to San Francisco route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Diego to San Francisco, usually offering 18.367 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Diego to San Francisco, 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 Coach tickets from San Diego to San Francisco, which start at £24.46.

One train company connects San Diego to San Francisco

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco start from £52.17, and on average cost £64.31. Daily there are 18.366667 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in San Diego leaves from 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other station. And in San Francisco trains arrive at 425 Mission St and 3 other train stations.

From San Diego to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 14 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 12 hours and 20 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 15.833333 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £66.26 for a one-way train ticket to San Francisco.

Avg. Time
14h 13m
Avg. Price
£64.31

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in San Diego with trains to San Francisco. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St
There are 4 different stations where trains from San Diego arrive in San Francisco. 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 Francisco:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • 835 Market St

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