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San Diego - Burbank Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 5 daily train trips between San Diego and Burbank. The average train journey from San Diego to Burbank takes 3 hours and 30 minutes, but some Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train trips are as short as 3 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Fastest train3h 23m
Lowest price$37.00
Trains per day13
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from San Diego to Burbank

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Nancy

April 26, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Staff. Relaxing. Able to enjoy scenery and get up and walk around A/C. Cons: More room for luggage.

4.0

james

November 29, 2021- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It was on time, which isn't always the case w Amtrak. Cons: Nothing, this time! Tips: Great deal and very easy, no hassle way to get to San Diego.

5.0

Deidre

October 1, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Able to relax instead of driving. Cons: None.

5.0

Rosalie

September 21, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: very relaxing. Cons: it would be nice if someone helped with the bags as i had to carry my bag up a flight of stairs .. there were no seats downstairs, so i had to go up stairs.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from San Diego to Burbank was $37.00. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Burbank if you book your train tickets at least 13 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $0.44.

Average prices by travel date

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The cost of a one-way train trip from San Diego to Burbank 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 avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from San Diego to Burbank stay pretty consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $38 regardless of when you plan to travel.

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The price of train trips from San Diego to Burbank doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your train tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

Which train should you take from San Diego to Burbank?

2 train services operate from San Diego to Burbank. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 33m$39.16
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner43h 30m$37.31
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from San Diego to Burbank every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $37.

  • 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 4 train trips from San Diego to Burbank every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $37.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Diego to Burbank. 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 San Diego and Burbank is approximately 121 miles, or 195 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 23 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from San Diego to Burbank. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Friday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs San Diego at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 5 scheduled trains on most days. 13 of these are direct connections to Burbank. 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 Burbank to San Diego.

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 Diego?

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

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Main departure 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

Where is the train station in Burbank?

Main arrival station: 3750 Empire Ave

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

All train stations in Burbank:

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station - 201 N Front St

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