San Clemente travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Clemente

With a population of 63,522, San Clemente is a must-see destination in California, United States.

Where to Eat in San Clemente

If you’re looking for affordable options, Iva Lee's (555 N El Camino Real, Suite E) and Brick Pizzeria (216 N. El Camino Real) are great picks.

When to visit San Clemente

San Clemente in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Clemente in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to San Clemente


Although San Clemente doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to John Wayne Airport, OC (SNA), which is located 23 miles from San Clemente. The shortest flight to San Clemente from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h 05m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to San Clemente. The train journey from San Clemente to Burbank takes 0h 29m and costs around $28 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Fullerton, expect to pay about $23 for a 0h 34m trip. The train station in San Clemente is called San Clemente Pier, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.


Another option to get to San Clemente is to pick up a car hire from Los Angeles, which is about 59 miles from San Clemente. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Thrifty, among others, in Los Angeles.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to San Clemente, including Bus, FlixBus and Amtrak. From Santa Ana, the bus ride to San Clemente takes 75 miles and will cost you around $42. From Bakersfield, the ticket costs about $27 for a journey of 125 miles.

Airports near San Clemente

Airlines serving San Clemente

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Where to stay in San Clemente

Average rates range from around $453 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $501 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hampton Inn & Suites San Clemente and The Patriots Boutique Motel.

Where to stay in popular areas of San Clemente

Hiring a car in San Clemente

Expect to pay $1.69 per litre in San Clemente (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.17 and $26.89. Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in San Clemente, while also 72% cheaper than other types, on average.