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San Diego to San Antonio drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


San Diego to San Antonio road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to San Antonio. If you're planning a road trip to San Antonio, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and San Antonio. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 3 hours

12:57 pm  Horseshoe Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:24 pm  Sawtooth Mountains
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Sawtooth Mountains
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:35 pm  Deming
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:35 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:08 pm  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:52 pm  Van Horn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Van Horn
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:42 am  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:20 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:20 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:33 pm  arrive in San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)
Sawtooth Mountains
Deming
El Paso  (26 answers)
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        El Paso, TX
Van Horn  (2 answers)
Fort Stockton  (4 answers)
Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Antonio, Texas.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in San Antonio?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Antonio.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Palacio del Rio, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Embassy Suites  (3 mentions)
Mokara Hotel & Spa  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in San Antonio?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Acenar  (4 mentions)
Bliss  (3 mentions)
Luke  (3 mentions)
The Guenther House  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in San Antonio?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
The Alamo  (8 mentions)
The Alamo  (5 mentions)
Pearl Brewery  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Antonio. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?  (11 answers)

profile  Pattie from Boise asked:
Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?  (10 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in San Antonio?  (5 answers)

profile  Patrick from Shreveport asked:
Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Antonio.





Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Antonio to San Diego drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Diego to San Antonio. Or get a full San Diego to San Antonio flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,277 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 55 minutes
San Antonio is 2 hours ahead of San Diego
220 San Diego travel answers
1 Deming travel answer
26 El Paso travel answers
2 Van Horn travel answers
4 Fort Stockton travel answers
66 San Antonio travel answers





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