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San Diego - Irvine Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Irvine. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Irvine usually takes around one hour and 45 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 5 minutes.

Distance76 mi (123 km)
Shortest duration1h 5m
Cheapest price$17.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines1

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

Bus tickets for a trip from San Diego to Irvine cost $20.39 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly average prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from San Diego to Irvine, mark your calendar for December. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $19. However, taking the bus from San Diego to Irvine during May is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $39. The best way to find deals on a trip in May is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 14 days in advance to save up to $4.72.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Irvine?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from San Diego to Irvine. FlixBus US connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US31h 46m$23.73
  • 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 3 trips per day from San Diego to Irvine, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 45 minutes to cover the 76 miles from San Diego to Irvine. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 5 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Irvine 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Irvine, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Irvine every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from San Diego to Irvine without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to Irvine; ticket prices start at $26.00.

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.

Irvine

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Though Irvine is probably most famous for its corporations and university campuses, the city is well worth the trip for its variety of attractions and activities. Start with a date night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, which boasts an intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. You could also check out the UCI Arboretum, where you can learn more about the unique flora of the coastal California region. The Beall Center for Art + Technology features interesting exhibitions that fuse modern art with futuristic technologies.

When you've worked up an appetite, you can find a wide variety of dining options available in the city. For some of the best Japanese dishes in town, check out Fukuda, which serves udon and soba dishes. If you are craving a good chicken parm, North Italia has just what you need!

It's easy to get to Irvine from anywhere in Southern California via intercity buses or Amtrak trains. Flights operate through the nearby John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, just 4.3 miles away from downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

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

Buses to Irvine leave from 4 stations in San Diego.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • La Jolla - UC San Diego

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Irvine?

Main arrival station: University of CA - Crawford Hall

All buses from San Diego arrive at one main station in Irvine.

All bus stations in Irvine:

  • University of CA - Crawford Hall

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