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Buses from San Diego to Phoenix

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Phoenix. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Phoenix usually takes around 11 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance299 mi (481 km)
Shortest duration7h 55m
Cheapest price$34.98
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

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

The average price for a bus ticket to Phoenix is $39.30, Traveling by bus on this route is one of the most affordable ways to hit the road from San Diego. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Diego to Phoenix is expected to range from $38 to $55. If you are looking to travel to Phoenix within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $38. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $38 and can be found on January 31, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $55 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Diego to Phoenix in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $65 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $21.99 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Phoenix?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Diego to Phoenix that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 9 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US911h 12m$39.41
Greyhound310h 51m$55.93
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 9 trips per day from San Diego to Phoenix, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 3 bus trips from San Diego to Phoenix every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 51 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Phoenix usually start from $48.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego to Phoenix during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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 bus.

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 bus ride from San Diego to Phoenix?

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 299 miles from San Diego to Phoenix. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 55 minutes. 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.

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

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Diego?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Phoenix, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Phoenix every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to Phoenix; ticket prices start at $115.00.

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.

Phoenix

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Phoenix, in the heart of the American Southwest, is the capital of Arizona and one of the best destinations for escaping the cold winter months. But we won't lie, it can get HOT.

Sure, you can sip a margarita by the pool at any one of the city's many resorts, or you can get outside and experience some of the Sonoran Desert's unique landscapes. For impressive views of the city and the desert beyond, hike up Camelback Mountain, a 2,700-foot humped mountain which resembles a kneeling camel. If you're more a fan of Tiger Woods than camel mountains, see why Phoenix is a top destination for golf at one of the city's 200+ golf courses.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, you too can overcome your sore muscles after a long day of hiking or golfing and get ready to hit the town. After all, Phoenix is one of the biggest party hubs in the U.S. Roosevelt Row, a creative arts district known for its galleries and mural-covered walls, is one of many spots where Phoenix comes to life after dark. Recommended haunts on Roosevelt Row include the Churchill and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co, as well as The Duce which offers themed nights ranging from Cowboy Night to Burlesque.

Getting to Phoenix is surely easier than getting over your hangover. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a large and busy airport just outside of downtown, and bus service is operated from stations throughout the city connecting Phoenix to destinations in Arizona and beyond. Unfortunately, there is no train service to Phoenix.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

Buses to Phoenix leave from 7 stations in San Diego.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Phoenix?

Main arrival station: 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station (Charter)

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

All bus stations in Phoenix:

  • 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station (Charter)

  • Bus Terminal - 2115 E Buckeye Rd

  • 1620 N 59th Ave

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