There are 11 ways to get from Houston to San Francisco by plane, train, bus, night 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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Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Oakland (OAK) HOU - OAK

$201 - $812

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Fly Houston to San Francisco  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to San Francisco (SFO) IAH - SFO

$137 - $502

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Fly Houston to Oakland  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Oakland (OAK) IAH - OAK

$151 - $444

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose, Caltrain  •  7 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to San Jose (SJC) HOU - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$262 - $965

Fly Houston to San Jose, Caltrain  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to San Jose (SJC) IAH - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$202 - $867

Bus to Austin, fly to San Francisco  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx
  2. Fly from Austin (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO) AUS - SFO

$180 - $507

Bus  •  41 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca

$184 - $477

Night bus, bus  •  44 h 57 min

  1. Take the night bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Kerrville, Tx
  3. Take the bus from Kerrville to Anaheim
  4. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Francisco, CA

$162 - $332

Train, bus  •  45 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Sunset Limited
  2. Take the bus from Burbank to San Francisco FlixBus

$224 - $635

Train  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Sunset Limited
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$278 - $808

Drive  •  31 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Houston to San Francisco 1935.8 miles

$190 - $280

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The cheapest way to get from Houston to San Francisco is to drive which costs $190 - $280 and takes 31 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to San Francisco is to fly which costs $130 - $500 and takes 6 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Houston to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Houston, Tx and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via San Antonio, Tx and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 41 h 35 min.

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The distance between Houston and San Francisco is 1652 miles. The road distance is 1935.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Houston to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 41 h 35 min and costs $180 - $480.

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It takes approximately 6 h 33 min to get from Houston to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Houston to San Francisco is to fly which takes 6 h 33 min and costs $200 - $850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $180 - $480 and takes 41 h 35 min, you could also train, which costs $270 - $850 and takes 2 days 1 h.

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The quickest flight from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h.

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

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San Francisco is 2 h behind Houston. It is currently 8:46 PM in Houston and 6:46 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Houston to San Francisco is 1936 miles. It takes approximately 31 h 3 min to drive from Houston to San Francisco.

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Map of how to get from Houston to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 1652.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 33 min

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Houston to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Houston to San Francisco via San Antonio, Tx and Los Angeles, Ca in around 41 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Oakland via Austin
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Austin to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to San Francisco via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Austin to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Austin
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Houston to San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Houston to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Austin to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Houston to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Austin to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Houston to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Houston to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,500
Flights from Austin to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Houston Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
36 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$360 - $550
Business Coach Seat
$430 - $650
Room
$750 - $1,100
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
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 Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
28 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$120 - $210
Flexible
$240 - $320
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Kerrville, Tx
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Kerrville to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
29 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $190
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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