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How to get from San Diego International Airport to Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a sunny coastal city in the North County region of San Diego and it is the most perfect destination for families, couples, and friends alike. Featuring 11 km of stunning beaches, three unique lagoons, numerous beautiful boutiques, and the world-famous Legoland theme park, Carlsbad truly is a travel haven for everyone.

When visiting this quaint town, you will be landing at San Diego International Airport (SAN). You have 2 transportation options to get there; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, or the Coaster train. Taking a San Diego cab or private shuttle from San Diego airport to Carlsbad is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel, taking 40 minutes to reach. A cost-savvy alternative would be to take the train, which would take you around 55 minutes to arrive in Carlsbad.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €100 40min 24/7
Train €11.40 55min 05:16–19:36

How to get from San Diego airport to Carlsbad by taxi

Although being a more expensive option, taking a San Diego airport cab or private transfer to Carlsbad is the more convenient, hassle-free way to travel. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide fast door-to-door services and enough room for luggage; all in the comfort and safety of your private vehicle, in just 40 minutes.

Taxi fare from San Diego airport to Carlsbad

Taxis in San Diego calculate their fare using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. A trip from the San Diego airport to Carlsbad should cost around $115 (€100), traffic dependant.

Nevertheless, if you want to travel at a fixed price with no hidden fees, it is advised to pre-book a private shuttle from San Diego airport to Carlsbad online.

Cost

$115 (€100)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at San Diego International Airport

Where do I get it from?

You can find the official San Diego airport taxi rank at the Transportation Plazas outside of each airport terminal. Once there, you will be allocated a taxi.

Convenience

When arriving in a new city, having to find your way around San Diego’s public transportation can be daunting, especially if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage. That’s why a taxi or private transfer from San Diego airport to Carlsbad is the most convenient way to get around. It’s also important to note that, although the taxi fare may seem expensive, you can always divide the end price with your travel group.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that there is no airport toll fee, nor a luggage surcharge when travelling in a San Diego cab.

Useful Tips

It is customary to tip your San Diego cab driver; a tip of around 15% to 20% is the norm.
All taxi drivers should accept bank card payments in San Diego. However, it is always best to confirm with your driver beforehand.
Please note that there is no price difference for day, night and weekend trips in the state of California.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in San diego. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€100.0
NIGHTTIME
€120.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from San Diego airport to Carlsbad by train

Taking the Coaster train from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad is a great cost-savvy travel alternative. The train provides fast transportation straight to downtown Carlsbad in just 50 minutes. However, you will first have to travel the short 5-minute trip on the San Diego Flyer from SAN airport to San Diego Old Town Station.

How much is a Coaster train ticket from San Diego airport to Carlsbad?

The San Diego Flyer offers free airport shuttle rides to-and-from Old Town Station. A regular one-way train ticket from the Transit Center to Carlsbad costs $6.50 (€5.70) and $13 (€11.40) for a return.

It is worth keeping in mind that the Coaster train offers reduced prices for seniors, youth and disabled citizens; a one-way ticket costs $3.25 (€2.85) and a return ticket costs $6.50 (€5.70) if you show appropriate documentation.

Cost

$6.50 (€5.70)

Trip Duration

55 Min.

The San Diego Flyer runs every 20-30 minutes and the Coaster train runs every 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Coaster train is available daily from 05:16 to 19:36.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the San Diego Flyer at all of SAN airport’s terminals. Travellers will be picked up from and dropped off at the transportation islands and taken to San Diego Old Town Station. There, you will find the Coaster train. After 8 stops on the train, you will need to alight at Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av Station.

Convenience

Although being cost-savvy and quite direct, the Coaster train only runs from 05:16 to 19:36, meaning that if you arrive in the evening, you will need to find another way of transportation from San Diego airport to Carlsbad.

Please note that there is an alternative bus route too, however, it is a much longer trip, taking 3 hours. This would involve taking the San Diego Flyer to Old Town Transit Center, then taking the bus line 30 to Gilman Dr & Myers Dr and changing to bus line 101, which would take you to Carlsbad Bl & Oak Ave for the total price of $5 (€4.40).

Editor’s Note

Please note that when you purchase your Coaster tickets, you will need to select "Zone 3" to reach Carlsbad.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that there is an alternative bus option for your transportation from San Diego airport to Carlsbad. It is excellent for those who are budget-conscious and don't mind travelling for a long time, as the trip takes 3 hours.
The San Diego Flyer is free and runs daily every 20 to 30 minutes from SAN airport to Old Town Station.
Discounted train tickets are available for seniors, youth and disabled citizens upon presentation of an identity document.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Carlsbad to San Diego airport?

Carlsbad and San Diego airport are located 57.80 km away. It takes 40 minutes to reach by taxi or by car.

How to get from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad?

There are two transportation options to get from San Diego Airport to Carlsbad; you can either take a cab or private shuttle, or you can take the Coaster train.

How much is a taxi from San Diego airport to Carlsbad?

A trip from the San Diego airport to Carlsbad will be calculated using a taximeter; the fare costs around $115 (€100), excluding tip.

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