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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Ana to San Diego?

Lowest Price$28.65
Fastest Train1h 45m
Trains Per Day12
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Ana to San Diego 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 Santa Ana to San Diego?

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

In the last month, $29.24 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Ana, CA to San Diego, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Santa Ana to San Diego?

The distance between Santa Ana and San Diego is approximately 82 miles, or 132 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 45 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 Santa Ana 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 Saturday 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 Santa Ana at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Santa Ana to San Diego?

There are 12 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Santa Ana to San Diego.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Diego to Santa Ana. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Ana to San Diego for $16.00.

Which train should you take from Santa Ana to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Santa Ana, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52h 2m$30.98
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner112h 0m$30.12

Where is the train station in Santa Ana?

There is one train station in Santa Ana:

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego receives travelers from Santa Ana at its two active train stations:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Ana, CA to San Diego, CA
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
June 29, 2019Couples trip
Easy on easy off no problems
On time
Sit on the right side heading to San Diego that’s where the ocean is!

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 16, 2019Visiting family
I love the Surfliner! The train is super clean, the seats recline and have footrests. The scenery is magnificent. There are no hassles with SoCal traffic and there’s a snack car! It can’t get much better than that.
The snack car should be a full cafe car.
This is a easy and effective way to get from San Diego to LA. It’s inexpensive and hassle free.

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