Travel & Day Trips

How Far is Legoland From San Diego: A Family Adventure Guide


Legoland California is a beloved destination for families and Lego enthusiasts. Conveniently located in Carlsbad, California, many visitors often wonder how far it is from San Diego. In this blog post, we will explore the distance between these two locations and the various travel options available.

I personally went to LEGOLAND about six months ago. I drove down to San Diego from Legoland, too, since I know all about the timing involved and have tried it out firsthand.

Distance and Travel Time

Legoland is approximately 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Depending on traffic, the drive can take around 30 to 45 minutes via Interstate 5. This makes it an easily accessible day trip for anyone staying in the San Diego area.

During rush hour, the drive might take longer. San Diego traffic generally isn’t as bad as San Francisco rush hour traffic, though.

Travel Options

By Car

Renting a car or driving your own is the most convenient way to get to Legoland. Take I-5 North from San Diego and exit at Cannon Road. Follow signs to Legoland.

By Public Transportation

If you prefer not to drive, public transportation is an option. You can take the Coaster train from San Diego to Carlsbad, then hop on a bus that drops you off near Legoland.

By Shuttle Services

There are also shuttle services available that offer round trips from San Diego to Legoland. Some hotels even provide shuttle services as part of their accommodation package.

Staying Nearby

Another alternative is to just stay at Legoland and drive to San Diego when you want to do activities in the city. There are several great hotels right by Legoland, and they’re often less expensive than hotels in San Diego.

You don’t need to stay in an aggressively Lego themed hotel, either! I stayed at the Westin Carlsbad (full review here) and it was great.

What to Do in Legoland

Legoland California Resort has attractions for all ages. It features more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions. Don’t forget to visit the famous Miniland USA, where famous landmarks are recreated using millions of Lego bricks.

Nearby Attractions

While in Carlsbad, it’s worth exploring other attractions nearby. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Flower Fields, and the beautiful beaches are just a few places to visit.

Tips for Your Visit

  • Plan ahead and buy tickets online to avoid long lines.
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly.
  • Bring snacks and water bottles as food inside can be pricey.
  • Don’t forget your camera or phone!


Whether you’re a San Diego local or visiting, a trip to Legoland California in Carlsbad is a delightful adventure for the whole family. With a short travel time and multiple transportation options, it’s an easy and fun getaway. Enjoy your visit!

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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