Driving From LA To San Diego.

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    Jun 19, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    I was thinking about taking a quick day trip down to San Diego on a Friday. I'll be driving down from LA. Question is, how bad is morning traffic in SD? I want to arrive in the downtown area before 7am. I'm trying to determine what time I should leave LA. I was thinking 4am. Is that too early? Too late? Thoughts?
  • shyguysport

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    Jun 20, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    At least dring the summer traffic is lighter. It seems that no matter what time I leave - coming or going, it takes me 2:45min. Amtrak is okay. It takes about thte same time, but at least you aren't driving . Problem is that once you get here our public transportation sucks.
  • Hunter9

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    Jun 20, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    if you have to be in SD by 7, you probably can leave as late as 4.30 and still have a bit of buffer should there be unexpected traffic, as there shouldn't be much given the hour
  • Hunter9

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    Jun 20, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    xrichx saidI was thinking about taking a quick day trip down to San Diego on a Friday. I'll be driving down from LA. Question is, how bad is morning traffic in SD? I want to arrive in the downtown area before 7am. I'm trying to determine what time I should leave LA. I was thinking 4am. Is that too early? Too late? Thoughts?

    Take a look into Amtrak. They've got pretty frequent service and you can sleep during the trip!


    the man makes a good point... the train is great from LA to SD but not sure if it would work timing wise... you'd also have to find your way to the amtrak station at downtown LA (public transport or partk your car)
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    Jun 20, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    Amtrak would be ok if it weren't for the public transportation to get to the railroad. The amount of time it might take depending on where you are starting (transfers) could be almost as long as getting to SD.

    If you leave 4-4:30 I think as the others have said, you should be ok. The slow spots are Orange County (Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach) - you will be ok there earlier than heavy traffic, but you'll probably see some traffic north of San Diego because you will be going with the commuter traffic which will be heavy around 6:30. Shouldn't be too bad, though.
  • calibro

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    Jun 20, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    You won't find too much traffic if you're planning to be there at 7. 4:30 is the earliest you'd have to be on the road
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    Jun 20, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tips guys. I'll probably depart around 4am, based on everyone's input. Amtrak sounds nice, but I got stuff to do while in town. So driving my own car would be more convenient. I just hope the weather will be good. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
    Go to a small airport that gives flying lessons, take an "intro" flight, and have the instructor drop you off in SD. It won't take long at all. icon_biggrin.gif
  • d_1M

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    Jun 20, 2010 7:26 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidGo to a small airport that gives flying lessons, take an "intro" flight, and have the instructor drop you off in SD. It won't take long at all. icon_biggrin.gif


    how much that cost's?
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    Jun 26, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    Just got back from SD. Left at 4am and got down there before 6am. Perfect timing. Driving back was a different story. I left around noon and it was slow traffic all the way. Probably should have waited till the evening.
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    Jun 27, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    I am going to SD for a several days. I will be back home after the 5th and then I am going back for pride and then off again...I have the summer to......R&R....Oh, Blacks Beach......look for me...hahaaaicon_twisted.gif