The driving time from Phoenix, Arizona to San Diego, California is:

5 hours, 5 minutes

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Driving time from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego, CA

How long is the drive from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego, CA? The total driving time is 5 hours, 5 minutes.

Your trip begins in Phoenix, Arizona. It ends in San Diego, California.

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San Diego perfect weather makes it an ideal destination year round. According to, “having fun in San Diego doesn’t require a lot of money!” They have a list of 25 things to do for free that you can download from their website.

Here are 3 places for free for family with kids:

1.Have fun at one of the beaches – La Jolla beaches have lifeguard towers and shower/restroom facilities, Ponto Beach in Carlsbad with small beach, portable toilets and free parking and Moonlight Beach in Encinitas with playground, restrooms, picnic areas and walking distance to restaurants. Another beach to consider is the Coronado Beach in downtown Coronado. It’s the best place to walk and bike with the family.

2.Go to La Jolla Cove for the sunset after a fun day at La Jolla Shores Beach. The cove is equipped with showers/restrooms, picnic tables and public gazebos.

3.Balboa Park is San Diego’s most popular place for tourists. Besides San Diego Zoo (entrance fee required), there are 15 major museums, arts venues, gardens and recreational centers in this 1,200 acres urban cultural park. Take a walk and enjoy the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in the park for free.

The San Diego Zoo is a must-see for anyone visiting San Diego. The San Diego Zoo entrance fee is free if you purchase the Go San Diego 3-day card. Find out more at

Phoenix, Arizona

City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
Country: United States
Category: cities

San Diego, California

City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States
Category: cities

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