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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 day7
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Irvine to San Diego during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Irvine to San Diego. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, $26.63 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.01 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 47 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 Sunday. 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 Friday 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 7 scheduled trains on most days. 12 of these are direct connections to San Diego. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak51h 45m$28.01
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner61h 48m$27.24

Amtrak train tickets from Irvine to San Diego start from $26, and on average cost $28. Daily there are 5 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in Irvine leaves from Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy, And in San Diego trains arrive at Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station. From Irvine to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 1 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 15 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 9 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $28 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Irvine to San Diego start from $26, and on average cost $27. Daily there are 6 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to San Diego. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Irvine leaves from Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy, And in San Diego trains arrive at 4005 Taylor St and one other train station. From Irvine to San Diego train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 1 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 15 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 8 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $29 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Price trends for trains from Irvine to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

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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)

4.6

5.0

Carol

October 28, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Relaxing way to travel. Cons: DNA. Tips: None. Pros: Relaxing way to travel. Cons: DNA. Tips: None.

5.0

Allan

September 22, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Everything happened like clockwork and the scenery on the ride was spectacular. Cons: 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 t... Pros: Everything happened like clockwork and the scenery on the ride was spectacular. Cons: 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.More

4.0

Elizabeth

September 2, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak

It was restful, passengers were friendly, trip back standing room only from San Diego. But everyone was great It was restful, passengers were friendly, trip back standing room only from San Diego. But everyone was great

5.0

Veronica

August 21, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Convenient, affordable and comfortable travel. Cons: 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! Tips: Experience the journey! Pros: Convenient, affordable and comfortable travel. Cons: 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! Tips: Experience the journey!

3.0

Lauren

June 22, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Avoided sitting in traffic. Cons: Train overcrowded couldn’t find seats together. Tips: Take a very early train for less crowds. Pros: Avoided sitting in traffic. Cons: Train overcrowded couldn’t find seats together. Tips: Take a very early train for less crowds.

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