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If you're staying in Los Angeles for a few days, you might want to visit other engaging cities nearby, such as San Diego. Instead of hopping on a plane or paying exorbitant leasing fees for a rental car, consider booking an inexpensive bus trip through Busbud. You'll get to your destination quickly and enjoy all the sights along the way.

What are the start and end points for the bus ride?

As one of the largest U.S. cities, Los Angeles offers numerous bus terminals from which to choose. When you're headed to San Diego, you might depart from popular stops and terminals like Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Station, LAX - Holiday Inn Bus Stop, or Santa Monica - Hostels International Bus Stop. You'll arrive in San Diego at one of four stops, such as San Diego Greyhound Bus Station or Sheraton Mission Valley Bus Stop.

What do tickets cost?

The ride from Los Angeles to San Diego will cost between $11 and $15 per person, which is likely less expensive than the gas you'd have to purchase for your rental or personal vehicle. If you want the best rates and the most scenic route, consider booking your tickets a few weeks in advance. You can select return options and other details on Busbud to personalize your route.

Should you make any stops along the way?

The California coast offers plenty of scenic attractions that might convince you to get on and off the bus at different points. Many travelers love to stop at Carlsbad, California, a beachfront resort city that offers some of the best shopping and dining destinations in the state.

How scenic is the bus ride?

The primary benefit of a bus ride over a plane lies in the scenery you'll witness as you make your way to San Diego. You'll drive right up the California coast, likely on the Pacific Coast Highway, and you'll rarely lack a view of the ocean. While you might see some of the landscape from the air, the bus allows you to see this gorgeous route in far more detail.

Do buses have modern amenities?

When traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego, you can choose a bus line that meets your needs. Many modern buses come equipped with air conditioning, which is essential during California summers, as well as lavatories, electrical outlets, and even snacks and beverages. Some come equipped with televisions so you can watch your favorite show if you tire of the scenery.

What should you bring?

Since San Diego boasts abundant sunshine, pack a wide-brimmed hat, some sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses. The bus ride takes less than three hours, but you might want to bring a bottle of water or other beverage and a light snack in case you need them during your journey. Additionally, don't leave your camera at home. Even from inside the bus, you'll see plenty of photo-ready landscapes that you'll want to capture. If you're bringing children, a few small toys or games will keep them occupied.

Trip Summary

  • Trip Duration
  • Daily Departures24
  • Average Price$17

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Los Angeles - San Diego Reviews

3.38 out of 5 stars

User reviews from travelers who booked a trip from Los Angeles to San Diego

Ratings and Reviews (5)


November 21, 2016Lachlan J. | Timeliness: 5 | Staff: 5

The bus terminal and the bus smelled like urine. It was awful. Disgusting.

October 17, 2016Jennifer V. | Timeliness: 5 | Staff: 5

Good trip

October 14, 2016Mariia O. | Timeliness: 5 | Staff: null

There was no wi fi :( tried to connect from 3 devices. And sooo many gums everywhere applied

September 3, 2016Diana F. | Timeliness: 1 | Staff: 2

Bus runs late from 30min to being hours late was stuck at the station and since my first bus was late I missed the bus where it transfers to another... NEVER AGAIN USING GREYHOUND

July 21, 2016Christopher W. | Timeliness: 5 | Staff: 5

Air con slightly too cold and would not close

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