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Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to San Diego


Schedule & Pricing Info

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

Lowest Price£52.23
Fastest Train11h 40m
Trains Per Day15
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to San Diego was £59.53. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 10 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £2.15 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 Francisco to San Diego?

The distance between San Francisco and San Diego 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 8 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 11 hours and 40 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 Francisco to San Diego?

On Saturday trains from San Francisco 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 Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to San Diego?

Typically there are 15 schedules to compare for your trip to San Diego. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to San Diego route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to San Diego, usually offering 15.183 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to San Diego, 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 Francisco to San Diego, which start at £24.48.

One train company connects San Francisco to San Diego


Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to San Diego start from £52.23, and on average cost £60.36. Daily there are 15.183333 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and 3 other stations. And in San Diego trains arrive at 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station.

From San Francisco to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 14 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 11 hours and 40 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 13.8125 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £59.54 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Avg. Time
14h 9m
Avg. Price

Plan your next adventure

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

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