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There are 8 ways to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train, plane, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train to San Diego, fly to San Francisco  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Carlsbad Village Station to San Diego - Santa Fe Depot
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO

$74 - $355

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  12 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Oceanside, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim to Millbrae FlixBus

$30 - $59

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Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Irvine Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO

$100 - $327

Train, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Ontario Amtrak
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Francisco (SFO) ONT - SFO

$147 - $576

Train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Carlsbad Village Station to Encinitas Station
  2. Fly from Carlsbad (CLD) to San Jose (SJC) CLD - SJC

$79 - $279

Train, Caltrain  •  14 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain

$100 - $249

Bus  •  14 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6834 / ...

$63 - $157

Drive  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 463.8 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to bus which costs $29 - $60 and takes 12 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to train and fly which costs $70 - $360 and takes 3 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level via Oceanside, Ca, Anaheim and Millbrae BART-Bay 12 West Busway. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Carlsbad station to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from Oceanside Amtrak Station and arriving at Millbrae Caltrain via Los Angeles Union Station and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 27 min.

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The distance between Carlsbad and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 421 miles. The road distance is 463.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 39 min and costs $29 - $60.

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It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oceanside, Ca station.

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Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Oceanside Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to bus which takes 12 h 39 min and costs $29 - $60. Alternatively, you can train and Caltrain, which costs $100 - $250 and takes 14 h 27 min.

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Map of how to get from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
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  • Distance: 421.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 53 min

What companies run services between Carlsbad, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

You can take a bus from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via Oceanside Transit Center, Oceanside, Ca, Anaheim, Ca, Anaheim, Millbrae, and Millbrae BART-Bay 12 West Busway in around 12 h 39 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via Los Angeles Union Station, San Jose Diridon Station, and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 14 h 27 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
California Pacific Airlines
Website
mycpair.com
Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from Carlsbad Village Station to San Diego - Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Train from Carlsbad Village Station to Encinitas Station
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 Carlsbad Village Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Irvine Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Oceanside station to Irvine station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oceanside, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to Millbrae
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Oceanside to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Millbrae station.

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Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Millbrae Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 464 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 48 min to drive from Carlsbad to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 587+ hotels available in San Francisco Airport (SFO). Prices start at $107 USD per night.

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