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About 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.

What bus companies travel to San Diego, California?

Located in California, San Diego is accessible by bus from 64 other cities. You can choose from 1761 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to San Diego on Wanderu. Calimex usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to San Diego are also available.

Bus companies serving San Diego

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US546h 39m$45.41
Calimex241h 58m$39.56
Tufesa Internacional105h 33m$58.96
Los Limousines33h 34m$34.45
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Tufesa Internacional is the international brand of one of the largest ground transportation providers in Mexico, Tufesa. The carrier offers daily bus trips to and from several cities in the Southwestern United States, including cross-border trips between the U.S. and Mexico. The carrier’s fleet features modern coaches equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a digital entertainment system.

Which bus carrier has the best service to San Diego?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to San Diego by bus with Greyhound giving them a 3.9 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Tufesa Internacional had the most comfortable bus service to San Diego taking into account the seats and amenities that Tufesa Internacional offers. They rate Tufesa Internacional a 4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to San Diego punctually, travelers suggest that Greyhound has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to San Diego, rating them a 4.2 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$7.99 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to San Diego, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to San Diego. In the last month, buses from Oceanside to San Diego had the lowest average price at $15.11.

The busiest bus station in San Diego is San Ysidro Transit Center. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in San Diego are:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center
  • 3154 El Cajon Blvd
  • 3060 Carmel Valley Rd
The closest airport to San Diego is San Diego Intl Airport (SAN), it is located 2.1 miles from the city center of San Diego.
San Diego ranks number 37 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 327 in United States. San Diego ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to San Diego via bus service. On average 1519 direct daily bus trips serve San Diego.
The population of San Diego is 1394928. San Diego ranks number 2 in terms of population in California and number 114 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to San Diego range from $8 for a short trip to San Diego, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to San Diego starts at , and a longer trip by bus to San Diego can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $27.
Solo travelers choose to travel by bus to San Diego for its affordable fares and because of the safe and convenient experience that they note in their reviews.
The closest bus station to the city center of San Diego is 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village, located just 0.7 miles away. Select 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of San Diego. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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