I am coming towards the end of my round the world trip- currently in NZ and had an amazing time. But I have too long here and i've travelled pretty much the whole country now. Changing flights, going to Fiji earlier so I can have a bit of time in California before coming home. Done the whole west coast thing before so only want to go back to San Fran and maybe see San Diego because thats all I have time for. Can't afford a tour and don't really want to do another one, so was thinking of bus-ing it using Greyhound? Is it safe, and how easy is it? Bearing in mind I am 19, female and a solo traveller. Flying into LA, its a bit awkward getting down to San Diego, and then back up to San Fran. any advice would be much appreciated because, as you can tell, my plans are all over the place at the moment!! Thanks! Rhian x
Greyhound (or another line) should be safe though most Americans would use a flight for such a distance. San Diego to San Francisco is about 500 miles by road, and allowing for 55 mph and stops and traffic, it would be rather a long trip whereas a plane can do it in an hour.
Of course, a bus from LA to San Diego. Or even Amtrak (train)
Personally, I would take Amtrak--even though the timing of its trains are such that there is only one train per day through this area. Since time doesn't seem to be your major problem, I'd make a stop in Santa Barbara (where the station is in a very good area near the beach), then one in Los Angeles (where the station connects to the local subway/buses easily) and then go on to San Diego. When first leaving the San Francisco Bay area, the quickest way to connect from San Francisco to Amtrak (which is in the Oakland area) is via the local subway system (BART) system.
The Amtrak trains in the US are very nice and the stations are usually in safe locations, compared to the greyhound bus stops. The greyhound is fine, I did it from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, but when I've used Amtrak I've felt a lot safer.
Use the train - Greyhound is not up to world standards. Note that Amtrak does not go into SF city - they go into the East Bay suburb of Emeryville or Oakland and Amtrak will bus you to SF.
Train is also best between LA and SD.
(You should check out Virgin America and Southwest Airlines - just in case they are on sale)