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Journey Information

San Diego to Los Angeles bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$16.00
Shortest Duration2h 40m
Trips per day23
Bus lines3

San Diego to Los Angeles Route Map

San Diego Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

Why take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Although it takes slightly longer than driving your own car or flying, taking the bus from San Diego to LA is your cheapest option.

A nonstop, one-way flight from San Diego to LA takes about an hour and on average costs around $129, which may or may not include luggage, depending on your airline. It’s generally recommended that you arrive at San Diego airport about 90 minutes to 2 hours before your domestic flight, which brings the total travel time up to at least 2 hours 30 minutes.

A drive from San Diego to LA takes 2 hours 30 minutes and costs gas money plus tolls on California State Route 73. Taking the bus costs as little as $10 per ticket, and your trip will take about 3 to 4 hours.

How does seating work on the bus from San Diego to LA?

There are two bus companies that serve this route: Greyhound and Tufesa Internacional. Greyhound does not assign seats and operates on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so we recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your trip to make sure you get a good seat. Tufesa Internacional has assigned seats. They are auto-assigned at purchase and you are not allowed to pick your own, but you will have a specific seat reserved for you.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $19.13 was the low point for bus fares from San Diego to Los Angeles. Buses from Los Angeles to San Diego are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $19.13 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 4 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $2.43 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 1 minute to cover the 111 miles (179 kilometers) from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Los Angeles 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday 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 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 23 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 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 San Diego to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $35.10.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Los Angeles?

There are 3 bus lines from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California. With 21 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway15h 51m$42.25
Greyhound215h 13m$19.09
Tufesa Internacional23h 18m$25.00

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Buses to Los Angeles leave from multiple locations in San Diego, California. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • San Ysidro Transit Center
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 6 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Los Angeles, California:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Union Station
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • 611 Maple Ave
  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E

Price trends for buses from San Diego to Los Angeles

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
March 5, 2020Business
Got me there without needing to drive
It was alittle difficult knowing how to get to the airport after the initial bus. No one seemd to know how to get tot the airport so I took a taxi
Maybe do a little more research to know how to moev on tot he next part of the journey :-)
September 26, 2019Visiting family
it was early in the morning and quick
it’s too cold
bring a blanket or sweater
July 27, 2019Vacation
It was on time. And the Seat was good.
The woman who looked at our backpacks was really unfriendly. I never had it before that somebody wanted to check my backpack before a bus trip. By the way she doesn’t make a good job because she just opened it and that’s it. They could clean the bus before. The seats we...More
July 28, 2019Visiting friends
Quick easy cheap
June 15, 2019Vacation
Bus arrived on time and was clean. Nice that the bus had outlets and foot rests.
The bus station in LA felt very dangerous and in a bad part of town.
The LA station is definitely in a bad part of town. I would only arrive in the daytime, even then it’s very sketchy.

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