There are 5 ways to get from Goleta to San Francisco by plane, train, 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO

$176 - $391

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6766 / ...

$80 - $141

3 alternative options

Train, Caltrain  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Goleta Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
  2. Take the train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$80 - $179

Amtrak Thruway  •  10 h 30 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Oakland, CA - Jack London 4796 / ...

Drive  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Goleta to San Francisco 331.9 miles

$30 - $50

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

United Airlines flies from Goleta to San Francisco every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Goleta to San Francisco via San Luis Obispo Amtrak, San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak, and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 9 h 46 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Goleta Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Goleta to San Francisco?

The distance between Goleta and San Francisco is 438 km. The road distance is 531 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Goleta to San Francisco?

The cheapest way to get from Goleta to San Francisco is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 38 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Goleta to San Francisco?

The quickest way to get from Goleta to San Francisco is to fly which takes 2 h 53 min and costs $170 - $400.

Is there a direct train between Goleta and San Francisco?

No, there is no direct train from Goleta to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Goleta Amtrak and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain via San Luis Obispo Amtrak and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 46 min.

Is there a direct bus between Goleta and San Francisco?

No, there is no direct bus from Goleta to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Goleta, CA and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Cabrillo & Ninos and Santa Barbara, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 18 min.

How long does it take to get from Goleta to San Francisco?

It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to get from Goleta to San Francisco, including transfers.