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San Clemente - San Diego Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from San Clemente to San Diego. Traveling by train from San Clemente to San Diego usually takes around one hour and 16 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in one hour and 9 minutes.

Distance56 mi (90 km)
Fastest train1h 9m
Lowest price$20.75
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines1

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

In the last month, $20.75 was the average price of a train ticket from San Clemente, 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 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.89 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Clemente to San Diego by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $22 whenever you decide to board the train to San Diego.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from San Clemente to San Diego remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from San Clemente to San Diego?

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is the one and only train line which connects San Clemente, California to San Diego, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner11h 17m$21.46
  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    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 1 train trips from San Clemente to San Diego every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $21.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Clemente 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.

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

The distance between San Clemente and San Diego is approximately 56 miles, or 90 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 9 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 San Clemente to San Diego are the most crowded on Thursday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves San Clemente at 9:00am and arrives in San Diego about an hour later.

Is there a direct train from San Clemente to San Diego?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to San Diego with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

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

City Information

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 is the train station in San Clemente?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Clemente.

Where is the train station in San Diego?

Arrival stations

San Diego receives travelers from San Clemente at its two active train stations.

Train stations in San Diego:

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

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