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San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train

The journey from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train is 76.3 mi and takes 1 h 38 min. There are 2 connections per day, with the first departure at 11:01am and the last at 10:10pm. It is possible to travel from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train for as little as $31.85 or as much as $34.04. The best price for this journey is $31.85.

Best Price $31.85
Journey Duration 1 h 38 min
Connection per Day 2
Lowest Price $31.85
Highest Price $34.04
First Departure 11:01am
Last Departure 10:10pm
Distance 76.3 mi
Departure San Diego, CA
Arrival Irvine, CA
Carriers Amtrak

San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA Train Times

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Sunday,Dec 10 2023
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Train from San Diego, CA, to Irvine, CA

The train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA, lasts on average 1 h 42 min. Around 3 trains depart a day between San Diego and Irvine, the average price is $33.57 and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $33.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the U.S., operates the train from San Diego to Irvine. All the trains run on the Pacific Surfliner Route. All the connections are direct, but due to unforeseen circumstances, your journey may be cut into segments so that part of the journey is substituted by a bus or a shuttle from the Amtrak Thruway bus service.

The Pacific Surfliner train line is the direct service between Louis Obispo and San Diego. Before reaching San Diego, the line serves Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente Pier, Oceanside, and Solana Beach. The average speed is 41.2 miles per hour (66 km/h), but it can reach speeds up to 90 miles per hour (145 km/h)

Be prepared for stunning South Californian scenery. The train will take you along the coast, and some of the country's best surfing spots, and the trains feature enough racks to bring your surfing board or bicycle along. All trains also feature free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a Market Cafe with snacks, beverages, and fresh food. All cats and dogs up to 20 pounds are welcome on board.

In San Diego, you can board on two stations.

Old Town Station is a nice place to arrive, as it is located close to the Old Town San Diego, a state historic park, and one of the earliest settlements in the U.S., as well as to Presidio Palace, the site of the Old Spanish fort. San Diego Trolley, local buses, and the Coaster commuter rail that links northern San Diego County's oceanside communities also use Old Town as one of their stations. 

Sante Fe Depot is the city's main train terminal. Also built in a Spanish Colonial style, reflecting San Diego's turbulent past, it serves as a station of the Green Line of the San Diego Trolley light rail transit service and the COASTER commuter rail service. 

In Irvine, you will board at the Irvine transportation center. The station serves the Pacific Surfliner, the local commuter line Metrolink, and bus lines connecting Irvine with the rest of Orange County. In the stations, you will find vending machines, ticketing kiosks, and accessible bathrooms. The station also has day and overnight parking.

You can start in Irvine with the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Quail Hill, and Bommer Canyon. You may like Wild Rivers water park and Pretend City Children's Museum if you are with the family. And for shopping and dining, head to The District at Tustin Legacy or Irvine Spectrum Center. 

So if you plan to travel to Irvine from San Diego by train, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of rail, bus, and flight destinations to help you find the best price. Check out our handy price calendar below, where you can see the best prices across all modes of transport between San Diego and Irvine.

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Cheap tickets from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Find the best day to travel to Irvine, CA by train

When travelling to Irvine, CA by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Amtrak, formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a U.S. government-owned entity that delivers intercity passenger train services across the country. Operating over 300 trains daily, Amtrak connects more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. Its services include a variety of routes, from short-distance commuter lines to extended journeys featuring sleeper car accommodations.

Ticket types and facilities from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by Amtrak when traveling from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA.

Coach

Coach Class passengers enjoy reclining seats with plenty of legroom and fold-down tray tables, along with outlets for electronic devices. They also have access to the Cafe car for food and beverages, along with carry-on baggage service and, on some routes, checked baggage service.

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First Class

On Acela trains, First Class passengers enjoy all the benefits of Business Class with further enhancements. The seats are adjustable leather with extra space for comfort. There is also a complimentary meal service delivered directly to the passengers' seats. First Class travelers have access to ClubAcela lounges at select stations.

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Business

Stepping up to Business Class, passengers receive all the amenities of Coach Class plus additional legroom and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks. They also gain access to lounges at select stations for a more relaxed wait before boarding.

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Facility Description

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

WiFi
Free basic WiFi available in select trains and stations. Some include Acela, Adirondack (not available in Canada), Amtrak Cascades (not available in Canada), Amtrak Hartford Line, Auto Train, Blue Water, Capitol Corridor, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Downeaster, Empire Service, Ethan, Allen Express, Hiawatha Service, Illini/Saluki, and Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg
Quiet zone
Quiet Cars, designed for limited conversation and subdued tones, are available on various trains like Acela, Northeast Regional, and more. The atmosphere is calm with low lighting. Seating follows first-come, first-served and one seat per person policies. First Class Rooms: For those seeking privacy and space, First Class private rooms are an available option.
Power sockets
Electric outlets are distributed on trains. For example, Superliner and Viewliner sleepers provide outlets in Roomettes and Bedrooms.
Air conditioning
All trains are air-conditioned. In coaches, temperature is staff-controlled. Sleeper cars offer air temperature adjustments, with vent positioning recommended for comfort.
Luggage
On Amtrak, regardless of your ticket type, you can typically bring two carry-on bags and two personal items. Just make sure your carry-ons are within 28 x 22 x 14 inches and under 50 lbs. Some locations even allow up to four checked bags: two come free, and two for $20 each, but they should stay under 75 linear inches and 50 lbs. You can also check in overweight luggage, up to 70 lbs and 100 linear inches, for an additional $20 fee.
Accessibility
All trains accommodate passengers with disabilities. Features include accessible seats with extra room and areas where passengers can remain in their wheelchairs.
Food and drink
Trains offer various dining options, from meals to café services. Meal service is available for passengers with disabilities. Guidelines are present for personal food, beverages, and medication. Nutritional and allergen information provided for menu items.
Bicycle
Amtrak accommodates various types of special equipment with certain conditions. Bicycles are allowed on many routes, often requiring a reservation and small fee. Wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility devices are accepted on all trains, with specific accessible seating and bedrooms available. Small musical instruments can be carried on if they fit under the seat or overhead rack, while larger ones must meet carry-on restrictions or be checked. Some sports equipment, like skis or golf clubs, can be carried on or checked depending on size.
Services on board Amtrak from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA
Compare services on board when travelling from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train.
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San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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0.6kg
Bus
3.9kg
Flight
154.9kg
Car
14.9kg
What are the CO2 emissions from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA are 0.6kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA? By taking the train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA you will save 154.3kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 3.3kg compared to a bus and 14.4kg compared to a car.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
A train ticket from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA is $33.26. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $31.85.
What's the cheapest train ticket from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA is $31.85. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA by train?
San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA is 76.3 mi.
How long does the train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA take?
San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA is on average 1 h 43 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 h 38 min.
Which companies operate from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
The train journey from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA is covered by 1 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Amtrak.
How many train connections per day go from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA has 2 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA leave?
The earliest train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA departs at 11:01am. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA depart?
The latest train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA departs at 10:10pm. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $31.85 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
From which stations can I leave from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
There are 3 station(s) that you can depart from San Diego, CA to go to Irvine, CA. You can go from San Diego, Ca, Old Town Station and Santa Fe Depot and you can arrive at Irvine, Ca and Irvine Station.
How many direct connections depart from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
There are on average 2 direct connection(s) from San Diego, CA to go to Irvine, CA.
What's the fastest journey time between San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA is 1 h 38 min.
Is there a direct train from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between San Diego, CA and Irvine, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA by train?
The train journey from San Diego, CA to Irvine, CA creates 0.6kg of CO2 emissions.

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