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Old 12-13-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I'm gonna be traveling from L.A. (Hollywood area, to be a little more specific) to San Diego next Wednesday. Planning on leaving around 8:00 am and taking the I-5 all the way down. How will traffic be around that time of day? Google Maps estimates a ~2 hour drive w/o traffic, would it be much longer than that?
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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that will be a rough drive until you get to the OC border. i would avoid the 5 through LA county if it were me. the 5 can also get jammed down towards irvine, but at that time all the major freeways will have traffic.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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How about the 710 south, to the 405 south, merging on the 5 past Irvine. Would that be any better or worse? I really have no clue how these freeways are, I spend most of my time in the Valley lol
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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I used to commute from Carson taking the 405 to Lake Forest just after the "Y" where the 405 merges into the 5. That alone is at least 1 hour to 2.5 hour commute leaving Carson around 7am.

I'm not sure how heavy the I-5 is but it seems the heavy congestion is the "Y."

I would suggest leaving as early as 5am and be in San Diego in around 2 hours.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:01 AM
 
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If you don't need a car down in SD, you ought to consider taking Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains down to SD and back. Much more relaxing. The trains even run right along the beach in southern OC and northern SD counties. It is a beautiful view that you can't take in while driving as the rails are literally inches away from the beaches. They run throughout the day and evening. Go to Amtraks web site and look up Pacific Surfliner. This time of year tickets are discounted, but there are blackout date when full fare will apply because of the heavy holiday traffic.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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If you don't need a car down in SD, you ought to consider taking Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains down to SD and back. Much more relaxing. The trains even run right along the beach in southern OC and northern SD counties. It is a beautiful view that you can't take in while driving as the rails are literally inches away from the beaches. They run throughout the day and evening. Go to Amtraks web site and look up Pacific Surfliner. This time of year tickets are discounted, but there are blackout date when full fare will apply because of the heavy holiday traffic.
This is a good idea. If the train is not an option, I suggest SR134/SR-210 east to I-15 south which will take you directly to San Diego.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:11 AM
 
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Both 5 and 405 south will have horrible traffic in the morning. 405 from 22 to 55 in Orange County (where I live) is the worst stretch in the morning, so avoid that.

If you take 210 east to I-15 south, it's 30 miles longer but you will probably get there sooner.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:59 AM
 
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At 8am it's going to take you an hour and a half to two hours just to get as far as irvine
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Thanks for your input so far, everyone. As much as I'd love to take the train and not drive, I do need the car; planning on stopping by Pechanga on the way back up to LA. Plus it looks like it's $75 each way (two passengers), so it'd be out of my budget.

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This is a good idea. If the train is not an option, I suggest SR134/SR-210 east to I-15 south which will take you directly to San Diego.
Considering this route as the most feasible option so far. Looks to be about a 3 hour drive according to Google.

Any other suggestions/tips would be much appreciated . Gonna be taking this trip this Wednesday
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Thanks for your input so far, everyone. As much as I'd love to take the train and not drive, I do need the car; planning on stopping by Pechanga on the way back up to LA. Plus it looks like it's $75 each way (two passengers), so it'd be out of my budget.



Considering this route as the most feasible option so far. Looks to be about a 3 hour drive according to Google.

Any other suggestions/tips would be much appreciated . Gonna be taking this trip this Wednesday
It also depends on where you're going in SD. That said, it will take you so long just to get into the northern SD area, morning traffic may well be over.
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