There are 9 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco by plane, subway, 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.

Recommended option

Fly Los Angeles to San Francisco  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) LAX - SFO

$71 - $241

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Burbank to Oakland, CA via Oakland

$43 - $69

7 alternative options

Fly Los Angeles to Oakland, BART  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum to Powell St.

$55 - $201

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, Caltrain  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$78 - $250

Bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK

$66 - $293

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  10 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA Southern CA-Northern CA

$81 - $86

Train, Caltrain  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Bullet / ...

$80 - $200

Night bus  •  9 h 26 min

  1. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6862 / ...

$51 - $116

Drive  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco 388.8 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco is to fly which takes 1 h 44 min and costs $70 - $250.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and San Francisco is 559 km. The road distance is 622 km.

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It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from LAX Terminal #3 Lower Level FlyAway Stop and arriving at San Francisco, CA via Wilshire / Veteran, Hill / 7th and Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 41 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from LAX via FlyAway and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 5 min.

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What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and three other airlines fly from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Powell St.
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
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
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
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
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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