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Journey Information

There are 33 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Tucson. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Tucson usually takes around 13 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 12 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance365 mi (587 km)
Shortest duration12h 5m
Cheapest price$39.98
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

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

The average price for a bus ticket to Tucson is $46.51, If your search turns up options priced lower than $46.51 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. 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

$75$50$25MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Diego to Tucson is expected to range from $44 to $63. If you are looking to travel to Tucson within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $46. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on June 8, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JJASONDJFMAM

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 $51 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Diego to Tucson in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $68 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $27.80 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Tucson?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Diego to Tucson that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 29 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US2913h 42m$50.75
Greyhound415h 0m$61.19
  • 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 29 trips per day from San Diego to Tucson, 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 4 bus trips from San Diego to Tucson every day, with the average journey taking around 15 hours and 0 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Tucson usually start from $55.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego to Tucson 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 Tucson?

The bus takes an average of 13 hours and 54 minutes to cover the 365 miles from San Diego to Tucson. However, the fastest bus only takes 12 hours and 5 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Tucson at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Diego?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Tucson, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Tucson each day?

There are 33 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Tucson every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to Tucson; ticket prices start at $74.00.

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.

Tucson

A bright and sunny city with more than 350 days of sunshine and temperatures that rarely dip below 60, Tucson is undoubtedly one of Arizona's best vacation destinations. Those who don’t shy away from some outdoor activities should go on a hiking trip in the Saguaro National Park, where visitors can enjoy uninterrupted views of southwestern landscapes. Of the park's two areas, the Tucson Mountain District is the more popular one, owing to its amazing sunset views. Architecture fans could also consider visiting Mission San Xavier del Bac, a perfect example of 18th-century architecture. If you wish to learn more about the region and its unique flora and fauna, head over to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which features 230 animal species and 1,200 local plant species.

It should come as no surprise that the most famous dishes in Tucson are Mexican foods, which boast spicy, sweet and smoky flavors. One of the best spots to enjoy these delicacies is at El Charro Café, which has been around since 1922. For a more eclectic menu, Feast is a good option.

The principal Amtrak train station in Tucson is on Toole Ave. The city is served by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited lines. The main bus station is the bus terminal located at 801 E 12th St, not too far from the train station. The city’s commercial air services are fulfilled by Tucson International Airport, which is 6 miles south of the city’s center.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

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

Buses to Tucson leave from 7 stations in San Diego.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Tucson?

Main arrival station: 1119 E 6th St - 6th St Garage @ University of Arizona

Buses arrive in Tucson at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Tucson:

  • 1119 E 6th St - 6th St Garage @ University of Arizona

  • Arco/Ampm N Freeway - 802 W Speedway Blvd

  • 1260 E Tucson Marketplace Blvd

  • Bus Terminal - 801 E 12th St

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