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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Los Angeles to San Diego. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to San Diego usually takes 3 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Fastest train2h 37m
Lowest price$35.00
Trains per day41
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Los Angeles to San Diego

(Based on 53 ratings and reviews)




June 30, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: The peace and quiet and the views. Cons: Everything good. Tips: Just enjoy.



June 4, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: View, comfort, clean facilities. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Go for it.. very relaxing!



April 22, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It is an amazing experience and I was very surprised to travel on this train !!! Cons: Nothing.



February 12, 2023


Pros: I like this train because it’s clean and I have a lot of space on my seat. Cons: It’s perfect. Tips: Yes.



January 30, 2023- Vacation


Pros: Very punctual and very comfortable. Cons: There are many homeless people at the station asking for money. They should keep control over it. Tips: Enjoy the tour!

Los Angeles to San Diego Route Map

Los Angeles San Diego

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Los Angeles to San Diego is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Los Angeles to San Diego was $36.96. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure. On the Pacific Surfliner, Everyday Discounts are available for seniors, kids, students, military personnel, veterans and passengers with disabilities. Rail fares can be higher during holiday periods. Some restrictions apply.

Average prices by travel date


The cost of a one-way train trip from Los Angeles to San Diego is expected to stay pretty stable over the next four weeks. No matter which day you travel, you can expect to pay about $37 for your ticket.

Monthly average prices

Ticket prices for the train from Los Angeles to San Diego often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $38. If you're thinking of traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego during June, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $59 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in June, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


By booking your train trip from Los Angeles to San Diego on Wanderu at least 7 days ahead of time, you can save about $0.84 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles to San Diego. Amtrak 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
Amtrak63h 34m$37.63
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner53h 3m$36.37
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 6 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to San Diego every day, as well as 33 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

  • The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 5 train trips from Los Angeles to San Diego every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $35.

Frequently Asked Questions

The amenities at Union Station in L.A. include dining, gift kiosks, bike hubs and more. They have a wide array of dining options, from elegant New American fare to fast food and coffee for taking on the train.

Located at the North Arcade, the Bike Center offers secure luggage storage. (Chinatown is less than a half-mile walk from Union Station, making it a great spot to get lunch after dropping off your bags.)

You can also kill time waiting for a train by getting your shoes shined for just $8 in the Passenger Concourse.

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a 350-mile long train service that runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. It has 25 stops and the entire route is about four hours long. These trains have an average speed of 41 miles per hour, but can reach a maximum of 80 to 90 miles per hour. They operate 12 daily round trips from L.A. to San Diego.

The Pacific Surfliner offers some amazing ocean views of Southern California, and has enough space and racks to carry a surfboard or bike. The train features comfortable, reclining seats as well as power outlets, free Wi-Fi, restrooms, bike and luggage racks and large picture windows. An onboard Market Café offers fresh food, snacks, and beverages, including soft drinks, wine, cocktails and local craft beer. You can also upgrade to Business Class for additional perks.

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.

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 train 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.

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles 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.
The distance between Los Angeles and San Diego is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 37 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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 train travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the train, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 6:00am 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.

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 41 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 Los Angeles.

City Information

Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels, where the glamour of Hollywood, the allure of the Pacific Ocean, and the energy of a thriving cultural scene blend seamlessly. Los Angeles, a sprawling metropolis known for its diversity and endless possibilities, awaits your exploration.

Touch down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), your gateway to a city that embraces you with open arms. Or venture into the city's heart via Union Station, a historic transportation hub that showcases LA's unique blend of old-world charm and modern energy.

Embark on a journey of discovery as you encounter iconic landmarks that define Los Angeles. Stroll down the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, where the stars shine beneath your feet. Stand before the iconic Hollywood Sign and take in the panoramic views from Griffith Observatory.

Los Angeles is a treasure trove of cultural richness. Immerse yourself in the artistic spirit of the Getty Center, where world-class art collections and stunning architecture converge. Experience the vibrant Latinx culture of Olvera Street, the birthplace of LA, and explore the Getty Villa for a glimpse into ancient civilizations.

With its year-round sunshine, LA's outdoor attractions are a true delight. Lounge on the golden sands of Santa Monica Beach, or catch a wave at Malibu's legendary surf spots. Hike through the Santa Monica Mountains or explore the botanical wonders at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

Indulge your palate in LA's diverse culinary scene, a global fusion that reflects the city's multicultural fabric. From food trucks to upscale eateries, tantalizing flavors await your taste buds. Savor ethnic delicacies at Grand Central Market or experience the trendy culinary hub of Downtown's Arts District.

Los Angeles beckons with a tapestry of experiences, where every corner is a new adventure waiting to unfold. Plan your journey, book your stay, and let the magic of LA capture your heart as you dive into a world of dreams and possibilities.

San Diego

Welcome to sunny San Diego, where the laid-back vibe meets stunning coastal beauty. Known for its year-round pleasant climate and vibrant culture, this Southern California gem is a must-visit destination. Whether you're a beach lover, foodie, or history buff, San Diego has something for everyone.

Start your journey in Balboa Park, a sprawling urban oasis bursting with museums, gardens, and architectural wonders. From the renowned San Diego Zoo to the fascinating museums, this park offers a rich cultural experience. Don't miss the Spanish Village Art Center, a hub for local artisans.

Just a short drive away, La Jolla beckons with its breathtaking coastline and upscale atmosphere. Stroll along the cove to witness seals lounging in their natural habitat, or hit the waves for some thrilling water activities. Explore boutique shops and enjoy delectable seafood at oceanfront restaurants.

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant blend of entertainment, history, and culinary delights. Wander along the bustling waterfront of the Embarcadero, where the USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego await. Seaport Village offers quirky shops and charming eateries with bay views.

Navigating San Diego is a breeze with its well-connected transportation hubs. The San Diego International Airport welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe, providing a smooth entry point. The Santa Fe Depot, a historic train station, serves as a gateway to the city and beyond.

Whether you're catching a wave at Pacific Beach, exploring the Gaslamp Quarter's nightlife, or indulging in SoCal cuisine, San Diego promises an unforgettable experience. With its stunning landscapes, diverse neighborhoods, and accessible transportation, this city invites you to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • Metrolink Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego, CA - Santa Fe Depot (1050 Kettner Blvd) - SANAMT2-0

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Main arrival station: Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

The Santa Fe Depot is the main train station in San Diego and one of the end points of the Pacific Surfliner, the only Amtrak train line that serves the city. The station is also used by the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley light rail transit service and the COASTER commuter rail service that connects the city with the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County. Opened in 1915, the Santa Fe Depot is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture and grand interior space that features natural redwood beam ceilings and ceramic details. The train station is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, making it easy to reach from all parts of the city.

All train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 4005 Taylor St

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