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Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train

The journey from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train is 1,065.09 mi and takes 41 hr 2 min. There are 1 connections per day, with the first departure at 9:50 AM and the last at 2:12 PM. It is possible to travel from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train for as little as $207.47 or as much as $799.25. The best price for this journey is $207.47.

Lowest Price$207.47
Journey Duration41 hr 2 min
Connection per Day1
Lowest Price$207.47
Highest Price$799.25
First Departure9:50 AM
Last Departure2:12 PM
Distance1,065.09 mi
DepartureSeattle, WA
ArrivalSan Diego, CA
CarriersAmtrak

Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

Travel by train from Seattle, WA, to San Diego, CA

The train from Seattle, WA, to San Diego, CA, lasts on average 41 hr 2 min. Around 1 trains depart a day from Seattle to California. The average price is $365.37, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $207.47.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the US, operates the train from Seattle to San Diego. There is no direct service between the two west coast cities. You must take The Amtrak Coast Starlight in Seattle and transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at Los Angeles Union Station.

The Coast Starlight is one of the most stunning Amtrak services; it connects all the major cities, from Seattle to Los Angeles. Rainy Washington forests, Cascades, Rocky Mountains, and Pacific beaches, you can experience it all in the unique sightseeing cars. The Coast Starlight is one of the long-distance trains using the double-decker Superliner cars: dining cars, sleeping cars, and the particular observation lounge car. You can observe the dramatic scenery unfold while having a snack from the café on the lower deck.

The Pacific Surfliner train service directly connects Louis Obispo and San Diego. It serves Solana Beach, Oceanside, San Clemente Pier, San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Fullerton before reaching Los Angeles. 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.

Amtrak offers four sleeping options on their trains.

  1. The Roomette is, at first glance, a tiny room, but it is very well-used. Different innovative storage options will surprise you at every step. They start with two comfortable recliner seats, which turn into a bed, and a second bunk bed that you pull from the ceiling, making enough space for two people to sleep and have a great view. The older Viewliner cars have a toilet and a sink in the room (one of the surprises under the steps to the upper bunk), which can be tricky if there are two people. The newer cars have toilets and bathrooms in the hallway.
  2. The Bedroom is twice as big, with a big comfy queen bed and a bathroom in the room (separated by a door). It has all the amenities of the Roomette with more space and a higher price. 
  3. The Two-Room Suite on a train offers twice the space of a regular Bedroom accommodation. During the day, the suite features two sofas and separate chairs for seating; at night, these furnishings convert into upper and lower beds, providing comfortable sleeping arrangements. It includes two in-room sinks, restrooms, and showers.
  4. The Family room is only available on the Superliner trains. It provides comfortable accommodations for up to four people, with full-sized beds and fold-down bunks. Passengers can access hot showers, extra storage space, a sink, and an enclosed lavatory. 

You will start your trip at Seattles King St Station - 303 S Jackson St. It was opened at the beginning of the 20th Century as a Union Station for the Great Northern Railway and the Pacific Northwest railway. It is still, to this day, an important hub. Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses, local commuter trains, and the Metro use it as a stop. Like many other train terminals in the United States, Seattle's station is a historical landmark. Still, unlike other stations, the clock tower on King Street Station is inspired by the clock tower on Piazza San Marco in Venice. How fancy is that?

In San Diego, you exit at two stations:

Old Town Station is an excellent 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. 

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. Located in the city center, it is a convenient place to start your San Diego adventure.

So if you plan to travel to San Diego from Seattle 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 Seattle and San Diego.

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If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Seattle, WA to San Diego, 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.

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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 Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA.

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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.

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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 Seattle, WA - San Diego, CA train tickets can be found for as low as $59.53 if you’re lucky, or $194.43 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $404.77.

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When travelling to San Diego, 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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Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
119.99kg
Bus
128.56kg
Flight
342.82kg
Car
274.25kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA are 119.99kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA? By taking the train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA you will save 222.83kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 8.57kg compared to a bus and 154.26kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA?
A train ticket from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA is $365.37. 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 $207.47.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA is $207.47. 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 Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA by train?
Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA is 1,065.09 mi.
How long does the train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA take?
Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA is on average 41 hr 2 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 39 hr 0 min.
How many train connections per day go from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA?
Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA has 1 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA leave?
The earliest train from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA departs at 9:50 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 Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA depart?
The latest train from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA departs at 2:12 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 Seattle, WA to San Diego, 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 $207.47 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 Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA is 39 hr 0 min.
Is there a direct train from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA by train?
The train journey from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA creates 119.99kg of CO2 emissions.

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