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Journey Information

There are 38 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Los Angeles usually takes around 3 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 50 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$9.99
Trips per day37
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Richard

March 5, 2020- Business

Greyhound

Pros: Got me there without needing to drive. Cons: 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. Tips: Maybe do a little more research to know how to moev on tot he n...

Pros: Got me there without needing to drive. Cons: 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. Tips: Maybe do a little more research to know how to moev on tot he next part of the journey :-).

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5.0

Deanna

September 26, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: it was early in the morning and quick. Cons: it’s too cold. Tips: bring a blanket or sweater.

Pros: it was early in the morning and quick. Cons: it’s too cold. Tips: bring a blanket or sweater.

5.0

Kendria

July 28, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Quick easy cheap

Quick easy cheap

3.0

Natascha

July 27, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: It was on time. And the Seat was good. Cons: 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...

Pros: It was on time. And the Seat was good. Cons: 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 were dirty and the toilet stunk. The WiFi didn’t work!

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4.0

Courtney

June 15, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: Bus arrived on time and was clean. Nice that the bus had outlets and foot rests. Cons: The bus station in LA felt very dangerous and in a bad part of town. Tips: The LA station is definitely in a bad part of town. I would only arrive in the daytime, even then it’...

Pros: Bus arrived on time and was clean. Nice that the bus had outlets and foot rests. Cons: The bus station in LA felt very dangerous and in a bad part of town. Tips: 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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San Diego to Los Angeles Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from San Diego to Los Angeles?

$11.51 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Diego to Los Angeles. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$15$10$5OctOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Diego to Los Angeles is expected to range from $11 to $14. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $12. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $11 and can be found on October 23, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Diego to Los Angeles in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $19 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 6 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $5.06 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Los Angeles?

There are 4 bus lines from San Diego to Los Angeles. With 29 daily trips, FlixBus US 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 Thruway18h 35m$41.00
FlixBus US292h 57m$12.37
Greyhound73h 22m$16.53
Tufesa Internacional33h 29m$29.87
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start at $41. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • 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 7 bus trips from San Diego to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 22 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $15.

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  • Tufesa Internacional

    Tufesa Internacional

    Tufesa Internacional is the international brand of one of the largest ground transportation providers in Mexico, Tufesa. The carrier offers daily bus trips to and from several cities in the Southwestern United States, including cross-border trips between the U.S. and Mexico. On average, Tufesa Internacional runs 3 trips from San Diego to Los Angeles, with prices starting from $27. The carrier’s fleet features modern coaches equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a digital entertainment system.

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 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?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 111 miles from San Diego to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 50 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Los Angeles. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 38 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 37 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 $35.00.

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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Departure stations

Buses to Los Angeles leave from 8 stations in San Diego.

Bus stations in San Diego:

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 9 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • Pacoima - 9727 Laurel Canyon Drive

  • 611 Maple Ave

  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima

  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E

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