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San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train

The journey from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train is 459.01 mi and takes 13 hr 59 min. There are 17 connections per day, with the first departure at 4:40 AM and the last at 4:05 PM. It is possible to travel from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train for as little as $60.12 or as much as $74.02. The best price for this journey is $60.12.

Lowest Price$60.12
Journey Duration13 hr 59 min
Connection per Day17
Lowest Price$60.12
Highest Price$74.02
First Departure4:40 AM
Last Departure4:05 PM
Distance459.01 mi
DepartureSan Diego, CA
ArrivalSan Francisco, CA
CarriersAmtrak

San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA Train Times

Departure date
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024

Travel by train from San Diego, CA, to San Francisco, CA

The train from San Diego, CA, to San Francisco, CA, lasts on average 13 hr 59 min. Around 17 trains depart a day from San Diego to San Francisco. The average price is $66.09, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $60.12.

Amtrak operates the train journey from San Diego to San Francisco. There is no direct train connection between San Diego and San Francisco because Sanfran doesn't have a railway. Its construction is planned, but Amtrak currently secures a bus link to the closest Amtrak railway stations. Their buses transfer passengers from stations serving San Joaquin and the Pacific Surfliner in Oakland and Santa Barbara. Other nearby train stations are in Emeryville and Hayward. The prices remain in the same price range. 

The San Joaquin Amtrak service is a rail service that runs between Bakersfield and Oakland, California. It operates seven days a week and serves various cities along the route of the San Joaquin Valley, the leading agriculture area of California, equally stunning as the coast. It usually guarantees coach seats and has an onboard cafe if you are in the mood for refreshments.

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.

The ticket prices may vary depending on how early you book, so securing them at your earliest convenience is recommended. Children 2-12 travel at a lower fare on all Amtrak trains.

There are two stations in San Diego where you can start your journey:

  1. Old Town Station is a perfect 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 US, 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. 
  2. 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. 

San Francisco does not have a railway station (yet!). Amtrak secures a bus connection from the nearest Amtrak station to the Salesforce Transit Center. The station is served by local lines such as BART, Muni, AC lines, and Golden Gate Transit, which take you downtown or to the broader Bay Area. The station has diverse coffee places, restaurants, and free wifi. Keep in mind there is no luggage storage or parking at the station. 

San Francisco is the city of cable cars, hilly streets, fog, tech and gay culture, and culture in general. Whether you decide to catch a show at North Beach, check out the Museum of Modern Art, or stroll the city and take in sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, you will understand the immense cultural aura this Sanfran has and still possess. The waterfront is an integral part of the city's identity -fantastic seafood dishes at the Fishermans Warf, seals at Pier 39, and of course, Alcatraz, the most famous prison in the world. Take your pick.

So if you plan to travel to San Francisco 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 San Francisco.

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Cheap train tickets from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, 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 San Francisco, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, 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 San Francisco, 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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The cheapest San Diego, CA - San Francisco, CA train tickets can be found for as low as $59.53 if you’re lucky, or $68.16 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $125.40.

Find the best day to travel to San Francisco, CA by train

When travelling to San Francisco, 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!

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San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
51.71kg
Bus
55.4kg
Flight
147.74kg
Car
118.19kg
What are the CO2 emissions from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA are 51.71kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA? By taking the train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA you will save 96.03kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 3.69kg compared to a bus and 66.48kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA?
A train ticket from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA is $66.09. 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 $60.12.
What's the cheapest train ticket from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA is $60.12. 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 San Francisco, CA by train?
San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA is 459.01 mi.
How long does the train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA take?
San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA is on average 13 hr 59 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 12 hr 25 min.
How many train connections per day go from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA?
San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA has 17 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA leave?
The earliest train from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA departs at 4:40 AM. 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 San Francisco, CA depart?
The latest train from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA departs at 4:05 PM. 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 San Francisco, 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 $60.12 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.
What's the fastest journey time between San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA is 12 hr 25 min.
Is there a direct train from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA by train?
The train journey from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA creates 51.71kg of CO2 emissions.

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