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Journey Information

There are 9 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Sacramento. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Sacramento usually takes around 14 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 11 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance473 mi (761 km)
Shortest duration11h 45m
Cheapest price$63.00
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Diego to Sacramento

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Emma

October 17, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Great bus drivers. Tips: Bring a pillow for overnight trips.

Pros: Great bus drivers. Tips: Bring a pillow for overnight trips.

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

$75.41 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Diego to Sacramento. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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

$105$70$35MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Diego to Sacramento is expected to range from $71 to $96. If you are looking to travel to Sacramento within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $75. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $71 and can be found on June 2, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $61 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Diego to Sacramento in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $71 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

$100$80$60$40$203020100

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 23 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $27.34 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to Sacramento?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Diego to Sacramento that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 6 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US615h 55m$83.95
Greyhound312h 31m$76.82
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 6 trips per day from San Diego to Sacramento, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 3 bus trips from San Diego to Sacramento every day, with the average journey taking around 12 hours and 31 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Sacramento usually start from $63.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego to Sacramento 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 from San Diego to Sacramento?

The bus takes an average of 14 hours and 42 minutes to cover the 473 miles from San Diego to Sacramento. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 hours and 45 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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.

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

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, 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.

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 Sacramento, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Sacramento every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to Sacramento; ticket prices start at $59.25.

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.

Sacramento

As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

Buses to Sacramento leave from 4 stations in San Diego.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

Where does the bus arrive in Sacramento?

Bus Terminal - 420 Richards Blvd  - SACGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 420 Richards Blvd

The Sacramento Bus Terminal is a Greyhound Bus Station that sits on Richards Boulevard in Sacramento's Southern Pacific / Richards neighborhood. It is a popular hub for intercity bus travel and serves several carriers such as Flixbus and Greyhound. The station operates a range of services to California’s major cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. Passengers can also take advantage of interstate routes to travel north up the West Coast into Oregon and Washington, as well as eastwards into Arizona and Nevada.

All bus stations in Sacramento:

  • Bus Terminal - 420 Richards Blvd

  • 961 2nd St

  • 2928 K Street (b/w 29th St & 30th St)

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