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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield by plane, night bus, bus, train or car

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Fly San Francisco to Bakersfield  •  2h 54m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL

$243 - $463

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield FlixBus

$13 - $24

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Fly San Francisco to Burbank, night bus  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  2. Take the night bus from Burbank Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Station

Fly Oakland to Burbank, night bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  2. Take the night bus from Burbank Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Station

Train  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Station San Joaquins

$54 - $145

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8h 5m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 6825 / ...

$30 - $85

Drive  •  4h 43m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Bakersfield 284.6 miles

$27 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield is to bus which costs $12 - $25 and takes 6h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield is to fly which costs $240 - $470 and takes 2h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Bakersfield, Ca. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 5m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Bakersfield is 253 miles. The road distance is 284.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield without a car is to bus which takes 6h 29m and costs $12 - $25.

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It takes approximately 2h 54m to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield is to fly which takes 2h 54m and costs $240 - $470. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $12 - $25 and takes 6h 29m, you could also train, which costs $50 - $150 and takes 7h 38m.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Bakersfield Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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San Francisco to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Bakersfield, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield.
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  • Distance: 252.7 miles
  • Duration: 2h 54m

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Bakersfield, CA, USA?

United Airlines flies from San Francisco to Bakersfield once daily. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield once daily. Tickets cost $11 - $22 and the journey takes 5h 55m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Burbank Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Bakersfield is 285 miles. It takes approximately 4h 43m to drive from San Francisco to Bakersfield.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Bakersfield Airport.

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Book your San Francisco to Bakersfield bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 54+ hotels available in Bakersfield. Prices start at $45 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28m and costs $6 - $9.

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