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How fast do most people drive on I-5 from LA to San Diego? Can it be done in 1.5 hrs?

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Old Feb 19, 16, 8:46 pm
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How fast do most people drive on I-5 from LA to San Diego? Can it be done in 1.5 hrs?

How fast do most people drive on I-5 from LA to San Diego?
Can it be done in 1.5 hours or less?

Was chatting with a high school friend that I haven't seen in
almost 30 years. We plan to meet up when I'm in San Diego
next month. She lives near Disnelyland. She insists that it
only takes her 1.5 hours to drive to San Diego. Is this even
possible? Either she's wrong about the time(like many women
are ) or she drives VERY fast, in which case I'll rent my
own car and not let her drive me around.
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Old Feb 19, 16, 8:58 pm
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First of all, Disneyland is not in LA. It's in Anaheim, which is south of LA, and closer to San Diego.

San Diego to Anaheim in 1.5 hours or less? Definitely doable. But where in San Diego are you leaving from? If from downtown San Diego, then it will be tougher depending on traffic conditions.

To answer your first question, once you're north of Oceanside area of San Diego County, you can drive 80+ mph. I'm not saying you should, but you will see traffic moving at or near this speed, especially outside of rush hour. I'm a speed demon though, and I've done La Jolla to Anaheim in 1 hour, but it's not advised.

Btw, Google says San Diego to Anaheim should take 1 hr 33 min, under normal driving conditions.
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Old Feb 19, 16, 11:00 pm
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It depends entirely on the time of day and traffic and exactly where you're starting/ending.

At 6 am on a Saturday I can get from the top of Lake Ave above Pasadena to Balboa Park in SD in 2 hours. Other times it can take 4 hours, and southbound it seems to get all hung up around Carmel Valley Rd. When my GF lived in San Diego and I was in Pasadena, I'd drive down on Fridays after work. After 6pm, it didn't really matter what time I left, I'd get there at 10 pm, and that was getting off the 5 at Carmel Valley just before all the brake lights.

From Anaheim to SD in 1.5 hours? Probably reasonable any time except rush hour or thanksgiving, as long as it's not raining.

One year some friends were going to come up for thanksgiving, driving up thanksgiving day. They eventually called and said they were giving up - they'd been in the car 4 hours and were barely past Oceanside.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 12:58 am
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I would think Anaheim to SD could be done in 1:30 fairly easily, outside of rush hour.

I used to live in Marina del Rey, and I drove from El Cajon to MdR one time at about 11pm, going 90 most of the way, and made it home in about an hour and forty minutes. Normal would be closer to 2 hours or 2 hours 15 minutes.

(I think I also broke some record driving from Mammoth Mountain to the top of the Sepulveda Pass in 3 hours and 45 minutes. Then, I hit traffic, and it took me another hour and a half to get from the Sepulveda Pass back to MdR. <sigh>.)
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Old Feb 20, 16, 12:02 pm
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How fast do people drive on I-5? As fast as they can.

90 minutes for San Diego to Disneyland sounds about right, I did that quite a bit until a few months ago when I didn't renew my annual pass. Outside of heavy traffic hours, as others have mentioned, and it depends on where exactly in San Diego you're starting from. Aside from typical rush hours, Friday evenings southbound and Sunday afternoons northbound can be busy as there seems to be a lot of people coming down from LA to SD for the weekend.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 12:59 pm
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How fast do people drive on I-5? As fast as they can.

90 minutes for San Diego to Disneyland sounds about right, I did that quite a bit until a few months ago when I didn't renew my annual pass. Outside of heavy traffic hours, as others have mentioned, and it depends on where exactly in San Diego you're starting from. Aside from typical rush hours, Friday evenings southbound and Sunday afternoons northbound can be busy as there seems to be a lot of people coming down from LA to SD for the weekend.
are there no cops in Southern California?

where I came from, drivers doing 80mph in 55mph or 65mph zone are
arrested 35% of the time... the rest are given tickets with mandatory
court appearances. 80mph in 55mph/65mph gets you reckless driving
misdemeanor and stays on the record for 11 years. With a good traffic
lawyer, first time offenders with good driving records usually get $290
fine and the charged reduced to speeding(not misdemeanor). It's
also the only state in the US that bans radar detectors, so I guess you
all know which state I'm referring to.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 5:23 pm
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On any given day...1 1/2 hours...maybe. However, on some days, even outside rush hours, forget it. One time, traveling from Newport Beach to San Diego, I had to leave the freeway and take the train to San Diego (and back).
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Old Feb 20, 16, 6:32 pm
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People drive between 20 and 300 mph on I-5. Depending on traffic that drive CAN be done in 1.5 hours but it can also take up to 3 hours.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Madone59 View Post
People drive between 20 and 300 mph on I-5. Depending on traffic that drive CAN be done in 1.5 hours but it can also take up to 3 hours.
??? is there a wormhole on the I-5 that takes driver on the Autobahn?
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Old Feb 20, 16, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by weltfrieden View Post
??? is there a wormhole on the I-5 that takes driver on the Autobahn?
I've driven about 100 mph on the longer stretches of the highway at 5-6 in the morning. 300 seems a bit unrealistic.
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Originally Posted by AtomicLush View Post
I've driven about 100 mph on the longer stretches of the highway at 5-6 in the morning. 300 seems a bit unrealistic.
The amazing thing about I-5 is that no matter how fast you drive, someone is likely to pass you.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 12:10 am
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Originally Posted by melkor View Post
The amazing thing about I-5 is that no matter how fast you drive, someone is likely to pass you.
and someone else is likely to pass that driver as well.

brings back the time that I rented a BMW M5 in Hamburg
and head south towards Munich. I was doing a steady
230kmh and a tiny Mercedes passed me on the left... left
me feeling like I was standing still. Later I learned that it
was one of those Mercedes modified by Brabus. The M5
that I was driving was more than capable to reach appx
250kmh, but I was told that was it... limited by the car's
computer. A modified Mercedes had no such restrictions
and could probably do 300kmh easily.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 12:35 am
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Please try to stay on topic, which is traffic on I5, not the Autobahn.

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Old Feb 21, 16, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by TWA884 View Post
Please try to stay on topic, which is traffic on I5, not the Autobahn.

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sorry... but I was confused because someone mentioned that people
drive at Autobahn speeds on the I-5. Is a common occurrence?
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Old Feb 21, 16, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by weltfrieden View Post
sorry... but I was confused because someone mentioned that people
drive at Autobahn speeds on the I-5. Is a common occurrence?
If the traffic is free flowing, which is pretty rare, traffic may flow at about 75 mph and a few will drive at 80 mph or faster. Several friends who drove back to the Los Angeles area from a conference in San Diego last weekend report that the drive took 4-5 hours.
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