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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price$35.10
Fastest Train2h 39m
Trains Per Day28
Train Lines2

San Diego to Los Angeles Route Map

San Diego Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get around L.A. from Union Station?

There are a number of different transportation options to get from Union Station to other parts of Los Angeles.

To get to LAX, passengers can take the LAX Flyaway bus from Bus Stop 9 at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza. The cost is $9.75 per person.

The Los Angeles Metro Rail has a number of lines that you can take from Union Station, such as the Red Line, Gold Line and Purple Line. The Silver Line on the Metro Busway departs from Union Station as well.

The Metrolink commuter rail offers transport to five Southern California counties. Lines that pass through Union Station include the 91/Perris Valley, San Bernardino, Antelope Valley, Ventura County, Orange County, and Riverside lines.

In addition, you can summon an Uber or Lyft, or take a taxi from the taxi stand located in front of Union Station West.

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego to Los Angeles 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 San Diego to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Diego to Los Angeles. 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 San Diego to Los Angeles?

In the last month, $37.79 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from San Diego to Los Angeles?

The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 39 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Diego to Los Angeles 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 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 San Diego at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 San Diego to Los Angeles?

There are 28 scheduled trains on most days. 24 of these are direct connections to Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles to San Diego. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles for $15.00.

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

2 train services operate from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 20 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak83h 24m$38.54
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner203h 22m$38.84

Where is the train station in San Diego?

There are two stations in San Diego where you can board the train to Los Angeles:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

There are more train stations and stops in Los Angeles than most cities. Most trains from San Diego will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Based on 14 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 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)
August 15, 2019Business
Comfortable seats, not crowded cabin (Thursday morning).
To clean windows.
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Based on 13 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 82 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 1, 2019Visiting family
I got a window seat with great coastal views.
The return trip from San Diego was very crowded with quite a few people standing in the aisles. Apparently another train had broken down so our train had to take these extra passengers but there are not enough seats for them. Also, the train from San Diego to Los Angele...More
Be sure that you book a seat because around Thanksgiving, all the seats get sold out before people actually get on the train.
October 22, 2019Visiting friends
October 14, 2019Visiting family
The top deck made a super viewing platform. Trash and recycling at the end of the carriage . This is missing on U.K. Trains.
I think you’ve got all bases covered.
October 3, 2019Vacation
the views were breathtaking!
easier for folks with knee issues to catch a trolley to the front of train station in LA
have camera ready for photos!
September 27, 2019Solo travel
Loved the trip
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