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Irvine - San Diego Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Irvine to San Diego. Traveling by bus from Irvine to San Diego usually takes around one hour and 29 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 10 minutes.

Distance76 mi (123 km)
Shortest duration1h 10m
Cheapest price$19.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from Irvine to San Diego?

Bus tickets for a trip from Irvine to San Diego cost $19.99 on average. This is an excellent value for the trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly avg. prices

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Bus tickets from Irvine to San Diego are at their cheapest average price in December. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $17. On the other hand, traveling on this route during May might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for May trips cost $39, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 15 days in advance to save $1.03 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Irvine to San Diego?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Irvine to San Diego. FlixBus US connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US31h 30m$20.75
  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from Irvine to San Diego, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 29 minutes to cover the 76 miles from Irvine to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 10 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Because many passengers travel from Irvine 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, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00am. To see the times for all buses from Irvine to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Irvine to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Irvine to San Diego without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Irvine to San Diego; ticket prices start at $26.00.

City Information

Irvine

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Though Irvine is probably most famous for its corporations and university campuses, the city is well worth the trip for its variety of attractions and activities. Start with a date night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, which boasts an intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. You could also check out the UCI Arboretum, where you can learn more about the unique flora of the coastal California region. The Beall Center for Art + Technology features interesting exhibitions that fuse modern art with futuristic technologies.

When you've worked up an appetite, you can find a wide variety of dining options available in the city. For some of the best Japanese dishes in town, check out Fukuda, which serves udon and soba dishes. If you are craving a good chicken parm, North Italia has just what you need!

It's easy to get to Irvine from anywhere in Southern California via intercity buses or Amtrak trains. Flights operate through the nearby John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, just 4.3 miles away from downtown.

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 does the bus leave from in Irvine?

Main departure station: University of CA - Crawford Hall

Most buses depart from the main station in Irvine.

All bus stations in Irvine:

  • University of CA - Crawford Hall

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

Buses arrive in San Diego at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • La Jolla - UC San Diego

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

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