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Journey Information

Los Angeles to San Diego bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price€9.99
Shortest Duration2h 35m
Trips per day16
Bus lines2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Los Angeles to San Diego
Based on 11 reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 44 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
4 November 2019Vacation
Very cheap!
Better busses
18 October 2019Couples trip
Komfortable, fast and worth the cost.
It was very hot and the AC was out of order. But a short break and that the driver opened sunroof helped
31 August 2019Visiting friends
The Greyhound was super dirty. There was a used q-tip sitting the window sill next to me. Not cute.
It’s a gamble. The bus going was so dirty. The bus back was great and clean.
18 August 2019Solo travel
Comfortable bus
The staff can be more friendly and the terminal in LA cleaner
20 July 2019Solo travel
Delays and communication about them. Wifi was very slow

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a bus from Los Angeles to San Diego a good day trip?

A bus from L.A. to San Diego makes for a doable and fun day trip. Union Station has 31 daily trips, but it is best to set out early to enjoy a full day in San Diego. From the time you depart in Los Angeles to the time you arrive in San Diego, the ride will take between three and four hours. The best time to leave is early in the morning, especially on a Sunday, as that is typically when the bus is least crowded.

If you depart from Union Station in the morning, you will have plenty of time to enjoy San Diego in the daylight. Experience the beautiful beaches and ocean views, as well as famous sites like the San Diego Zoo and the U.S.S. Midway Museum. You can easily spend eight hours in San Diego before heading back to L.A.

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, €16.94 was the low point for bus fares from Los Angeles to San Diego. Buses from San Diego to Los Angeles are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than €16.94 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 18 days in advance. By doing so, you could save €4.59 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 44 minutes to cover the 179 kilometers (111 miles) from Los Angeles to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 35 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Los Angeles to San Diego at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 02:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to San Diego; ticket prices start at €31.89.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Diego?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to San Diego. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 14 bus trips per day.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound144h 52m€16.86
Tufesa Internacional34h 6m€23.72

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Buses to San Diego leave from multiple locations in Los Angeles, California. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Union Station
  • 611 Maple Ave
  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E
  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Buses arrive in San Diego at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in San Diego, California:

  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Center

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