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Journey Information

Los Angeles to San Diego bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$15.00
Shortest Duration2h 55m
Trips per day15
Bus lines3

Los Angeles to San Diego Route Map

Los Angeles San Diego

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Los Angeles to San Diego right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $20.29 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 $20.29 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 4 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $3.80 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The average bus takes 3 hours and 58 minutes to travel from LA to San Diego. However, the fastest bus can get you there in 2 hours and 55 minutes. The distance between LA and SD is 111 miles, or 179 kilometers, which makes for a manageable day trip.

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 LA.

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

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Los Angeles to San Diego for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. 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 15 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 $35.10.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Diego?

There are 3 bus lines from Los Angeles, California to San Diego, California. With 13 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway15h 21m$42.02
Greyhound134h 1m$19.96
Tufesa Internacional13h 6m$25.00

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Buses to San Diego leave from multiple locations in Los Angeles, California. These are the 5 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • 611 Maple Ave
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • Union Station

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Buses arrive in San Diego at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in San Diego, California:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • San Ysidro Transit Center
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

Price trends for buses from Los Angeles to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10NovDec

Monthly average prices

$25$20$15$10$5JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Los Angeles, CA to San Diego, CA
4.6
Based on 12 ratings and reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 40 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.5
Staff
3.9
Value
4.0
Condition
3.8
Wanda
4.0
June 29, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Absolutely awesome! I was traveling for my birthday. I truly enjoyed the rideAbsolutely awesome! I was traveling for my birthday. I truly enjoyed the ride
Cons
The electric outage and wifi was not working on my way home on the entire left side of bus. I had to run a cord to the other side. And the bus was to crowded. The electric outage and wifi was not working on my way home on the entire left side of bus. I had to run a cord to the other side. And the bus was to crowded.
Tips
Wear your maskWear your mask
Ana
5.0
November 4, 2019Vacation
Pros
Very cheap!Very cheap!
Cons
Better busses Better busses
Brittmari
4.0
October 18, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Komfortable, fast and worth the cost.Komfortable, fast and worth the cost.
Cons
It was very hot and the AC was out of order. But a short break and that the driver opened sunroof helpedIt was very hot and the AC was out of order. But a short break and that the driver opened sunroof helped
Chase
4.0
August 31, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The Greyhound was super dirty. There was a used q-tip sitting the window sill next to me. Not cute.The Greyhound was super dirty. There was a used q-tip sitting the window sill next to me. Not cute.
Cons
Cleanliness Cleanliness
Tips
It’s a gamble. The bus going was so dirty. The bus back was great and clean. It’s a gamble. The bus going was so dirty. The bus back was great and clean.
Laura
5.0
August 18, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Comfortable bus Comfortable bus
Cons
The staff can be more friendly and the terminal in LA cleaner The staff can be more friendly and the terminal in LA cleaner

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