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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Fresno to Richmond

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Fresno to San Francisco

Train via Coliseum

  1. Take the train from Fresno to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak

Bus, BART

  1. Take the bus from Fresno, CA to King & Virginia - San Jose
  2. Take the BART from Berryessa / North San Jose to Civic Center / UN Plaza

Bus via Cedar - Shaw

  1. Take the bus from Fresno State University to San Francisco

Drive

  1. Drive from Fresno to San Francisco

Fly

  1. Fly from Fresno (FAT) to San Francisco (SFO)

Fresno to San Francisco by train and subway

The journey time between Fresno and San Francisco is around 6h 26m and covers a distance of around 214 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 5m. The fastest journey normally takes 4h 36m. Operated by Amtrak and BART, the Fresno to San Francisco service departs from Fresno and arrives in Civic Center / UN Plaza. Typically 16 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
4h 20m
Layover time:
2h 5m
Total time:
6h 26m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
4h 36m
Journey distance:
214 miles
Services per week:
16
Cheapest price:
$40
Carbon emissions:
17 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:12
Last service departs at:
18:16

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Fresno to San Francisco train and subway schedules

Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Fresno to San Francisco is to drive, which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Fresno to San Francisco is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3h 14m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Fresno and arriving at San Francisco. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Fresno to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Fresno and arriving at Civic Center / UN Plaza via Richmond. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 36m.

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The distance between Fresno and San Francisco is 163 miles. The road distance is 187.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Fresno to San Francisco without a car is to train which takes 4h 36m and costs $40 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4h 36m to get from Fresno to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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Fresno to San Francisco train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Fresno station.

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The best way to get from Fresno to San Francisco is to train which takes 4h 36m and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $25 - $35 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs $90 - $270 and takes 3h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Fresno to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 162.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 36m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Fresno to Richmond 5 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 3h 39m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Fresno to San Francisco once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 4h 50m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Fresno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
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 Fresno to Richmond
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $85
Train from Fresno to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Berryessa / North San Jose to Civic Center / UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Fresno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $35
Flexible
$45 - $70
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Fresno, CA to King & Virginia - San Jose
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
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FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Fresno State University to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from Fresno Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 53 min.

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

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Fresno to San Francisco train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Richmond station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fresno to San Francisco is 187 miles. It takes approximately 3h 14m to drive from Fresno to San Francisco.

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

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The best way to get from Fresno to Fresno Airport is to line 26 bus which takes 35 min and costs $2.

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