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Journey Information

San Diego to Bakersfield bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$19.00
Shortest Duration6h 0m
Trips per day8
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $37.18 was the low point for bus fares from San Diego to Bakersfield. Buses from Bakersfield to San Diego are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $37.18 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 3 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $14.96 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 7 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 212 miles (341 kilometers) from San Diego, CA to Bakersfield, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Because many passengers travel from San Diego to Bakersfield 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, 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 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Bakersfield, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield; ticket prices start at $47.00.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Bakersfield?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Diego, California to Bakersfield, California. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 7 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound78h 23m$37.38
Tufesa Internacional16h 0m$48.00

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Buses to Bakersfield leave from multiple locations in San Diego, California. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

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

Where does the bus arrive in Bakersfield?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bakersfield, California:

  • 1820 18th St
  • 1401 Chamberlain Ave

Price trends for buses from San Diego to Bakersfield

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