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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$64.50
Fastest Train12h 48m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines1
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San Diego-San Francisco Train Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to take a day-trip from San Diego to San Francisco?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to enjoy a day trip from San Diego to San Francisco. The first train leaves San Diego at 4 a.m., yet the route takes anywhere from 12 to 14 hours to get to San Francisco. A trip from San Diego to San Fran should be at least two days long to truly enjoy your time in the Bay Area.

Can you take a train directly from San Diego to San Francisco?

There is no direct train from San Diego to San Francisco, but it is still very easy to get into the city. Take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner north to Oakland, which is very close to San Francisco. From Oakland, simply take the Red or Yellow BARTA line, which only takes about 12 minutes and costs just $4. Overall, the trip takes roughly 12 hours.

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $71.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Diego to San Francisco.

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

The distance between San Diego and San Francisco is approximately 458 miles, or 738 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 12 hours and 48 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Diego to San Francisco are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Monday 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 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from San Diego to San Francisco?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Francisco to San Diego. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Diego to San Francisco for $47.00.

What train services are there from San Diego to San Francisco?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Diego to San Francisco. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1014h 3m$73.70

Where is the train station in San Diego?

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

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

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

  • 425 Mission St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf

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