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How much are San Diego to San Francisco train tickets?

Lowest Price$71.00
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Frequent questions about traveling by train from San Diego to San Francisco.

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 to find cheap train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco 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 San Diego to San Francisco was $80.46. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 0 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $0.00 compared to a typical last-minute fare. 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.

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

The distance between San Diego to San Francisco is 458.59 miles or 737.84 km. A train trip from San Diego to San Francisco typically takes 17 hours, If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 12 hours and 48 minutes to get from San Diego to San Francisco.

Going from San Diego to San Francisco by train takes over 17 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Tuesday trains from San Diego to San Francisco are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most connections between San Diego to San Francisco

Typically there are 23 schedules to compare for your trip to San Francisco. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Diego to San Francisco route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Diego to San Francisco, usually offering 23 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Diego to San Francisco, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from San Diego to San Francisco, which start at $31.00.

One train carrier connects San Diego to San Francisco

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Diego to San Francisco start from $71.00, and on average cost $82.39. Daily there are 23 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in San Diego leaves from 4005 Taylor St and one other station. And in San Francisco trains arrive at Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St and 3 other train stations.

From San Diego to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 17 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 13 hours and 0 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 25 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $82.30 for a one-way train ticket to San Francisco.

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Avg. Time
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Plan your next adventure:

There are 2 different stations that serve train trips to San Francisco that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. The busiest departure station in San Diego serving this route is 4005 Taylor St, 1050 Kettner Blvd.
  • 4005 Taylor St
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
There are 4 different stations where trains arrive to in San Francisco. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination., The busiest departure station in San Diego serving this route is Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St, Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf, 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St, 835 Market St.
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • 835 Market St