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Bus Route Overview: San Diego to Las Vegas
There are 24 intercity buses per day from San Diego to Las Vegas. Traveling by bus from San Diego to Las Vegas usually takes around 10 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Las Vegas Shuttles bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 28 minutes.
|Distance||265 mi (426 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 28m|
|Trips per day||7|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus US|
How much is a bus ticket from San Diego to Las Vegas?
Bus tickets for a trip from San Diego to Las Vegas cost $68.43 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.
Average prices by travel date
If you're planning to travel by bus from San Diego to Las Vegas in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $61 to $83. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 12, 2023.
If you’re looking to travel to Las Vegas this week, bus tickets are available starting at $61.
Monthly average prices
Prices as travel date approaches
Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 28 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $30.82 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.
What bus companies travel from San Diego to Las Vegas?
There are 4 bus lines from San Diego to Las Vegas available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 14 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:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|FlixBus US||14||10h 54m||$73.60|
|Las Vegas Shuttles||6||5h 33m||$89.00|
|Tufesa Internacional||2||8h 8m||$85.00|
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 14 trips per day from San Diego to Las Vegas, and the average ticket for this route costs only .
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 Las Vegas every day, with the average journey taking around 12 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Las Vegas usually start from $33.
Book Las Vegas Shuttles from San Diego to Las Vegas from $89. There are 6 trips per day offered by Las Vegas Shuttles from San Diego to Las Vegas and you can expect on average to pay for a Las Vegas Shuttles ticket to Las Vegas. In San Diego, Las Vegas Shuttles departs to Las Vegas from San Ysidro Bus Terminal and one other station. In Las Vegas, Las Vegas Shuttles arrives at Las Vegas North Eastern Ave .
An average trip on Las Vegas Shuttles from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 5 hours and 33 minutes , while the fastest available Las Vegas Shuttles trip will get you to Las Vegas in 5 hours and 28 minutes .
On weekends, Las Vegas Shuttles offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
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 2 from San Diego to Las Vegas, with prices starting from $85. 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
To drive from San Diego to Las Vegas, you should take I-15 N. With little traffic, the drive is approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes long.
Most of the drive is through the desert, with a few notable tourist stops:
- Tom’s Farms in Temescal Valley, CA — a family-friendly park with restaurants and a farmer's market, a steam train, pony rides and more;
- Glen Ivy Hot Springs at the mouth of the Cold Water Canyon in Corona, CA;
- Calico Ghost Town in Yerma, CA — a shrine to an old mining town with mountain bike trails, shops, restaurants, as well as cabins and bunkhouses.
There are special events held year-round, including Civil War reenactments in February and the Spring Festival featuring Americana music.
If you wanted to take more time between Las Vegas and San Diego, you can go to Palm Springs, CA, and visit Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or the mountain town of Idyllwild.
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.
The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 265 miles from San Diego to Las Vegas. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 28 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.
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.
The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to Las Vegas, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 24 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to Las Vegas every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 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 Las Vegas; ticket prices start at $126.00.
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.
People say that Las Vegas is a Disneyland for adults and they have a point – with more than 50 casinos and dozens of nightclubs in the Strip area alone, Vegas is the place where you can let loose and have some good old fun.
Why travel the globe when you can see some of the most iconic landmarks in the world right there next to each other on the Las Vegas Strip? Just by walking down the street, you can visit the Eiffel Tower (at the Paris Hotel), check out the Statue of Liberty (at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino), or go for a gondola ride down the canals of Venice (at the Venetian Resort).
Yes, the many gambling opportunities attract millions of visitors to Sin City every year, but it’s the unique shows and concert residencies that have made Las Vegas one of the key entertainment destinations in the world. While you can certainly relax by the pool during the day, Vegas is definitely not a vacation destination if you’re looking for peace and quiet. When you’re in Las Vegas, you better be ready to hit the town, and if you’re lucky – the jackpot!
Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?
Main departure station: San Ysidro Transit Center
Buses to Las Vegas leave from 10 stations in San Diego.
All bus stations in San Diego:
San Ysidro Transit Center
2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)
La Jolla - UC San Diego
San Ysidro Bus Terminal
4055 University Ave
San Diego Greyhound Bus Stop
789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village
San Ysidro CA
SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave
Balboa Park - Presidents Way
Where does the bus arrive in Las Vegas?
Main arrival station: Downtown Grand (Premium Xpress)
Buses arrive in Las Vegas at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.
All bus stations in Las Vegas:
Downtown Grand (Premium Xpress)
Las Vegas North Eastern Ave
931 W Owens Ave #135
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