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San Diego to Los Angeles bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$8.00
Shortest Duration2h 25m
Trips per day49
bus carriers2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for San Diego to Los Angeles
4.5
Based on 6 reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.2
Value
4.5
Condition
4.0
Deanna
5.0
September 26, 2019Visiting family
Pros
it was early in the morning and quick
Cons
it’s too cold
Tips
bring a blanket or sweater
Natascha
3.0
July 27, 2019Vacation
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 we...More
Kendria
5.0
July 28, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Quick easy cheap
Courtney
4.0
June 15, 2019Vacation
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.

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.

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

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from San Diego to Los Angeles were $16.06.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 5 days out, tickets are on average $3.29 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from San Diego to Los Angeles?

The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is approximately 111.54 miles, or 179.47 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 3 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from San Diego to Los Angeles?

The busiest time of the week for travel from San Diego to Los Angeles by bus is usually on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Thursday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Los Angeles?

On average there are 49 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from San Diego to Los Angeles, with an average of 46 trips per day and 952 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from San Diego to Los Angeles. Of the 49 trips there are 28 trips that are direct connections to Los Angeles.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles start at $35.10. To compare all possible modes of travel, check out our guide on how to get from San Diego to Los Angeles.

2 carriers offer San Diego to Los Angeles bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from San Diego to Los Angeles from $8.00. There are 46 trips per day offered by Greyhound from San Diego to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $15.66 for a Greyhound ticket to Los Angeles. In San Diego, Greyhound departs to Los Angeles from Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave and one other station. In Los Angeles, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 3 hours and 21 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 25 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 51 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $16.33 for a weekend trip to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 21m
Avg. Price
$15.66

Tufesa Internacional

Book Tufesa Internacional from San Diego to Los Angeles from $25.00. There are 3 trips per day offered by Tufesa Internacional from San Diego to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $28.04 for a Tufesa Internacional ticket to Los Angeles. In San Diego, Tufesa Internacional departs to Los Angeles from San Ysidro Transit Center, In Los Angeles, Tufesa Internacional arrives at 611 Maple Ave and one other station.

An average trip on Tufesa Internacional from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 4 hours and 8 minutes, while the fastest available Tufesa Internacional trip will get you to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 25 minutes,

On weekends, Tufesa Internacional offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $28.06 for a weekend trip to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Movies
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
4h 8m
Avg. Price
$28.04

Plan your next adventure

There are 3 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Los Angeles will depart from these stations in San Diego:
  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • San Ysidro Transit Center
Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Los Angeles for trips arriving from San Diego:
  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Union Station
  • 611 Maple Ave
  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima