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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Irvine to San Diego?

Lowest Price$26.25
Fastest Train1h 15m
Trains Per Day13
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Irvine to San Diego right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Irvine to San Diego?

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Irvine to San Diego. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

What is the price of a train ticket from Irvine to San Diego?

In the last month, $26.62 was the average price of a train ticket from Irvine, CA to San Diego, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.06 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Irvine to San Diego?

The distance between Irvine and San Diego is approximately 76 miles, or 123 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 15 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Irvine to San Diego are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Irvine at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Irvine to San Diego?

There are 13 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Irvine to San Diego.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Diego to Irvine.

Which train should you take from Irvine to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Irvine, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak71h 39m$26.63
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner111h 48m$26.64

Where is the train station in Irvine?

There is one train station in Irvine:

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego receives travelers from Irvine at its two active train stations:

  • 4005 Taylor St
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Irvine, CA to San Diego, CA
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 28, 2019Visiting family
Relaxing way to travel.
September 2, 2019Visiting friends
It was restful, passengers were friendly, trip back standing room only from San Diego. But everyone was great

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 80 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 22, 2019Solo travel
Everything happened like clockwork and the scenery on the ride was spectacular.
My only criticism of the trip was the difficulty my wife had finding the proper place to pick me up at the Old Town station. There isn't enough signage or knowledgeable people to direct her to the proper place to pick me up.
August 21, 2019Visiting family
Convenient, affordable and comfortable travel.
Not much experience commuting on train. My second time using the train to visit my son in the navy, Both times the train came in handy when I needed it. Thanks!
Experience the journey!
June 22, 2019Vacation
Avoided sitting in traffic
Train overcrowded couldn’t find seats together
Take a very early train for less crowds
June 16, 2019Visiting family
Very convenient and good ticket price

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