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There are 8 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco by plane, subway, bus, train 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 to San Francisco  •  1 h 49 min

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

$71 - $241

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Bus Megabus  •  9 h 49 min

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

$39 - $60

6 alternative options

Fly to Oakland, BART  •  1 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$55 - $201

Fly to San Jose, BART  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station

$119 - $291

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  9 h 11 min

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

$81 - $82

Bus, train  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield Bak-Lax
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak San Joaquins

$99 - $222

Train  •  13 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$74 - $197

Drive  •  6 h 37 min

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

$35 - $55

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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 costs $70 - $250 and takes 1 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at San Francisco, CA via Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 49 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and San Francisco is 349 miles. The road distance is 388.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 11 min and costs $80 - $83.

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It takes approximately 1 h 49 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Los Angeles, CA station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco is to fly which takes 1 h 49 min and costs $70 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $83 and takes 9 h 11 min, you could also train, which costs $70 - $200 and takes 13 h 22 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at San Francisco, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 349.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 49 min

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

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco once daily. Tickets cost $70 and the journey takes 7 h 20 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Reno
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
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 Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Train from Los Angeles Union Station 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
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
Airport Valet Express
Website
airportvaletexpress.com
Bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
airportvaletexpress.com
2 weeks in advance
$44
1-6 days in advance
$64
Last minute reservation
$74
7-13 days in advance
$54

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco is 389 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 37 min to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Francisco.

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Delta, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and two other airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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