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Trains from San Diego to Fullerton

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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from San Diego to Fullerton. Traveling by train from San Diego to Fullerton usually takes around 2 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance91 mi (147 km)
Fastest train2h 7m
Lowest price€27.01
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Linda

22 November 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Smooth and relaxing. Love the train. Cons: Not a thing! Tips: Loved the train. Will do it again.

Pros: Smooth and relaxing. Love the train. Cons: Not a thing! Tips: Loved the train. Will do it again.

5.0

Esther

27 June 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The bathroom was clean. Cons: Provide two cafes. Tips: You will enjoy your trip on a clean and comfy train with free Wifi!

Pros: The bathroom was clean. Cons: Provide two cafes. Tips: You will enjoy your trip on a clean and comfy train with free Wifi!

5.0

Guillermina E

12 April 2021- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Quite and peaceful. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Quite and peaceful. Cons: Nothing.

What is the price of a train ticket from San Diego to Fullerton?

In the last month, €27.01 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €1.59 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€40€27€13NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Diego to Fullerton will vary between €27 and €34. Planning a train trip to Fullerton within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Diego over the next 7 days is €27. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Diego to Fullerton by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around €27 whenever you decide to board the train to Fullerton.

Prices as travel date approaches

€44€35€27€18€93020100

Since the average price of train trips from San Diego to Fullerton remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from San Diego to Fullerton?

2 train services operate from San Diego, California to Fullerton, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 13m€28.57
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner82h 13m€28.57
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from San Diego to Fullerton every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €27.

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  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 8 train trips from San Diego to Fullerton every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from €27.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego to Fullerton 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.

How long is the train journey from San Diego to Fullerton?

The distance between San Diego and Fullerton is approximately 91 miles, or 147 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 7 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from San Diego to Fullerton on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passangers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Diego at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Fullerton?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Fullerton. 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 Fullerton to San Diego.

City Information

San Diego

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

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego, CA - Santa Fe Depot (1050 Kettner Blvd) - SANAMT2-0

Image credit: Doug Letterman

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Departure stations

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.

All train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in Fullerton?

Arrival stations

Fullerton has one train station.

Train stations in Fullerton:

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

Need a return trip from Fullerton to San Diego?

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