How to Travel From San Diego to Disneyland by Train, Bus, and Car

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Although Disneyland is often associated with Los Angeles, visitors to San Diego may be surprised to learn that the park, which is actually located in the city of Anaheim, California, is just 100 miles away. It's a straightforward drive up the I-5 to get there, but if you don't have a car or are looking to save some money on transportation, it's also possible to take a bus or train to the park. And when you arrive, it's easy to get between the station, Disneyland, and your hotel using Anaheim's public transportation system.

  Time Cost Best For
Train 2 hours from $30 Comfort
Bus 2 hours from $6 Budget travel
Car  1 hour, 30 minutes 100 miles Flexibility

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From San Diego to Disneyland?

Bus tickets between San Diego and Anaheim are very affordable, but they will only get you from the bus station in downtown San Diego to the Anaheim Bus Station, which is about 4 miles from the park. To find the lowest fares, look up the schedules for Greyhound and Flixbus buses. One-way tickets can sometimes be found for as low as $6 if you buy them online.

If you choose to travel by bus, you can make use of the Anaheim Resort Transit Trolly (ART), which runs routes throughout Anaheim. This hop-on, hop-off bus charges $4 for a one-way adult ticket ($1.50 for children), but you can also buy an unlimited adult day pass for just $6 ($2.50 for children).

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From San Diego to Disneyland?

Driving is the quickest and simplest way to get to Disneyland from San Diego, and also how most visitors to the park arrive. Without traffic, the drive should only take one hour, 30 minutes. However, a no traffic trip is unlikely on the busy highways of Southern California, so plan on spending at least two hours or more on the road if you leave in the late morning or the middle of the day. From San Diego, you can travel north on I-5 until you you see Exit 110, which will bring you directly to the park entrance. If you have your own car, you'll need to pay for parking. However, it's also possible to buy a parking voucher ahead of time on Disneyland's website for $25, which will be good for a full day. If you are spending the night, you might also consider parking at your hotel and taking a shuttle to the park.

How Long Is the Train Ride?

The Amtrak train from San Diego to Anaheim takes about two hours and happens to be the most comfortable way to travel. With multiple departures a day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., it's not hard to find a train that works with your schedule and you can sit back and relax without having to worry about traffic. Although not quite as affordable as the bus, one-way tickets start at just $30. It's a little pricier if you are traveling in a large group, but you also won't have to pay for parking, tolls, or gas and it's easy to transfer to the park or your hotel with the ART. You can catch the train in downtown San Diego at the Old Town Station, which also happens to be just 3 miles away from San Diego International Airport (SAN).

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Disneyland?

Southern California is famous for its year-round good weather, so while you might not think the time of year you visit makes much of a difference, summers do tend to be a little bit hotter and a lot busier—although, the park does stay open later and more rides are open. The best time to go to Disneyland, if you want to avoid the crowds, is sometime in the middle of the week, especially during January, February, or March. These months tend to see the lowest visitor numbers. If you've already been to Disneyland before, you may also consider timing your trip with one of the park's seasonal celebrations like Halloween or Christmas for something different.

What Is There to Do in Disneyland?

Disneyland, originally opened in 1955, is the world's oldest Disney theme park and the most classic. Over the decades, the park has changed a lot and modernized in recent years with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There's never been more to do in the park, so make the most of your visit by reading up on insider tips and learn which mistakes to avoid. If you're staying overnight, there are a lot of on-theme hotels in Anaheim so the Disney magic doesn't have to stop when it's time to hit the hay.

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