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Oakland - San Diego Bus Schedule

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Other ways to get from Oakland to San Diego

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Oakland to San Diego.

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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from Oakland to San Diego. Traveling by bus from Oakland to San Diego usually takes around 14 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 11 hours,

Distance455 mi (731 km)
Shortest duration11h 0m
Cheapest price$35.98
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Oakland to San Diego cost $54.84 on average. Tickets cheaper than $54.84 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date


If you're planning to travel by bus from Oakland to San Diego in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $53 to $70. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 31, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to San Diego this week, bus tickets are available starting at $57.

Monthly avg. prices

Taking the bus from Oakland to San Diego is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $63. If you're planning to take the bus from Oakland to San Diego during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $100. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 29 days in advance to save $72.69 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Oakland to San Diego?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Oakland to San Diego that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 10 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US1014h 53m$77.42
Greyhound713h 52m$76.42
  • 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 10 trips per day from Oakland to San Diego, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 7 bus trips from Oakland to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 13 hours and 52 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 14 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 455 miles from Oakland to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 hours. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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 Oakland 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 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Oakland to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from Oakland to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 Oakland to San Diego; ticket prices start at $68.00.

City Information


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Oakland, CA is a port city that is beginning to step out of the shadow of San Francisco, its neighbor to the west. Every visitor should start their Oakland trip in the downtown area and Old Oakland, the city's historic quarter full of quaint old buildings. While here, don't forget to take a short detour to Oakland's famous Chinatown as well. The African American Museum and Library at Oakland tells the history of Black communities in the area and is definitely worth a stop. For those who would prefer to stay close to nature, Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park's abundance of redwood groves will offer amazing views.

Oakland's food scene is vibrant and diverse, with a wide range of offerings for all budgets. Enssaro is a popular local name with mid-range dishes that will whet your appetite. For an excellent haute-cuisine dinner, head towards The Wolf.

It's easy to get around the Bay Area on local public transit (called the BART, for Bay Area Rapid Transit). Getting to Oakland from further afield is also a breeze thanks to many intercity bus routes in the area and Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train, which stops in Oakland. Flights arrive at the Oakland International Airport, but several additional airport options in the larger Bay Area are also available.

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 Oakland?

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Main departure station: West Oakland Bart Station

The Greyhound bus station, located at 2103 San Pablo Ave, was built in 1926 and is still open and operating today. The station has dramatic doorways and a magnificently ornate domed ceiling design. A security guard is on duty at all times to guarantee passenger safety. When passengers arrive, baggage goes through a security check, and you are only allowed in the station if you have a ticket, so say your goodbyes before you come. It serves as a primary stop for Alameda County's National bus system. The station is open from 5 am until 1:30 am every day and offers regular bus trips operated by Greyhound to locations around the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

All bus stations in Oakland:

  • West Oakland Bart Station

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: San Ysidro Transit Center

Buses arrive in San Diego at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • La Jolla - UC San Diego

  • San Diego Greyhound Bus Stop

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

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