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Santa Ana - San Diego Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 32 intercity buses per day from Santa Ana to San Diego. Traveling by bus from Santa Ana to San Diego usually takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 25 minutes.

Distance82 mi (132 km)
Shortest duration1h 25m
Cheapest price$18.48
Trips per day21
Most frequent serviceLos Limousines
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Santa Ana to San Diego?

Bus tickets for a trip from Santa Ana to San Diego cost $26.77 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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


Bus tickets from Santa Ana to San Diego are expected to cost between $25 and $34 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to San Diego within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $29. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

Bus tickets from Santa Ana to San Diego are at their cheapest average price in January. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $24. On the other hand, traveling on this route during June might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for June trips cost $29, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 29 days in advance to save up to $6.17.

What bus companies travel from Santa Ana to San Diego?

There are 3 bus lines from Santa Ana to San Diego available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 20 daily trips, Los Limousines 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
FlixBus US61h 57m$22.60
Greyhound92h 11m$29.02
Los Limousines205h 56m$38.75
  • 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 Santa Ana to San Diego, 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 9 bus trips from Santa Ana to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 11 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $18.

  • Book Los Limousines from Santa Ana to San Diego from $37. There are 20 trips per day offered by Los Limousines from Santa Ana to San Diego and you can expect on average to pay for a Los Limousines ticket to San Diego. In Santa Ana, Los Limousines departs to San Diego from Santa Ana E Santa Ana Blvd . In San Diego, Los Limousines arrives at Cross Border Xpress CBX and one other station.

    An average trip on Los Limousines from Santa Ana to San Diego takes 5 hours and 56 minutes , while the fastest available Los Limousines trip will get you to San Diego in 1 hours and 25 minutes .

    On weekends, Los Limousines offers 21 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to San Diego.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 82 miles from Santa Ana to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 25 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to San Diego 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, 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.

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Santa Ana to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 32 scheduled buses that travel from Santa Ana to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 21 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 Santa Ana to San Diego; ticket prices start at $29.00.

City Information

Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA, US - SNA-0

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Santa Ana is a sunny city in Orange County located between Anaheim and Irvine in the greater Los Angeles area. Downtown Santa Ana bustles with independent breweries, diverse restaurants, unique retail shops, weekly pop-up markets, and art centers. This lively downtown area, in addition to Santa Ana's live-work housing and creative working spaces, make it attractive to young professionals.

One of the most popular spots for visitors is the Santa Ana Zoo, where little ones can enjoy a carousel and mini-train ride along with the animal exhibits. Architecture enthusiasts will love seeing the Bowers Museum, built in a Mission Revival style, and the Heritage Museum, which has restored homes from the 1890s.

The Orange County Transportation Authority and several shuttle services provide transit within Santa Ana. Santa Ana is easily accessible from over 20 other cities by Amtrak Thruway bus or on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train. The primary airport for Orange County, John Wayne Airport, is located in Santa Ana and also makes it easy to travel to this vibrant SoCal spot.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Santa Ana?

Main departure station: Santa Ana E Santa Ana Blvd

Santa Ana has two bus stations with service to San Diego.

All bus stations in Santa Ana:

  • Santa Ana E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: San Ysidro Bus Terminal

Buses arrive in San Diego at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • Cross Border Xpress CBX

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • San Diego Greyhound Bus Stop

  • La Jolla - UC San Diego

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

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