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There are 13 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane, subway, tram, bus, train or car

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Fly Los Angeles to San Francisco  •  3h 22m

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

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Train  •  11h 50m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles to Oakland Coast Starlight

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Fly Burbank to Oakland, BART  •  3h 33m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum to Civic Center / UN Plaza

Fly Los Angeles to Oakland, BART  •  3h 37m

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

Fly Burbank to San Francisco  •  3h 29m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO) BUR - SFO

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, BART  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas to Civic Center / UN Plaza

Fly Burbank to San Jose, BART  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas to Civic Center / UN Plaza

Tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  5h 11m

  1. Take the tram from Historic Broadway Station to Del Amo Station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK

Bus, BART  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Chinatown Station to San Jose - Huong Lan Sandwich San Fran
  2. Take the BART from Berryessa / North San Jose to Civic Center / UN Plaza Green-S

Bus via Oakland  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Greyhound US0831 / ...

Bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station to San Francisco Bus Station Greyhound US0831 / ...

Bus, Caltrain  •  11h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain Northbound to San Francisco Caltrain Northbound L1 / ...

Drive  •  6h 21m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco 383.6 miles

Los Angeles to San Francisco by bus and subway

70 Weekly Services
7h 45m Average Duration
$35 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to bus and BART which costs $55 - $65 and takes 7h 31m.

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The fastest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3h 22m and costs $60 - $250.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles Union Station station and arriving at San Francisco Bus Station station. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles and arriving at Civic Center / UN Plaza via Lake Merritt. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 50m.

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The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 373 miles. The road distance is 383.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco without a car is to bus and BART which takes 7h 31m and costs $55 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3h 22m to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles Union Station.

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

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3h 22m and costs $60 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus via Oakland, which costs $30 - $110 and takes 7h 45m, you could also train, which costs $21 - $170 and takes 11h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 372.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 22m

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

Delta, Southwest Airlines and five other airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland every 4 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $95 and the journey takes 7h 30m. Flixbus USA also services this route 4 times a day.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $210
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $330
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $310
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
JSX
Website
jsx.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $140
Train operators
BART
Phone
+1-510-464-6000
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Civic Center / UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
http://www.bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas to Civic Center / UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
http://www.bart.gov
Subway from Berryessa / North San Jose to Civic Center / UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
http://www.bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Phone
+1-323-466-3876
Email
CustomerRelations@metro.net
Website
metro.net
Tram from Historic Broadway Station to Del Amo Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
https://www.metro.net/
persons with disabilities
$1
Senior Citizens
$1
K-12 students
$1
Adult
$2
Caltrain
Phone
+1 800-660-4287
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain Northbound to San Francisco Caltrain Northbound
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Website
http://www.caltrain.com
Schedules at
https://www.caltrain.com/schedules.html
One-way Senior / Disabled / Youth / Medicare Cardholder
$4 - $6
One-way Adult
$9 - $12
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.

Rome2Rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $170
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$19 - $65
Child Coach - short notice
$35 - $60
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$30 - $110
Child Business Class - short notice
$35 - $110
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$45 - $120
Business Seat - advance purchase
$65 - $210
Business Seat - short notice
$70 - $210
Coach Seat - short notice
$50 - $170
Bus operators
Hoang Express
Phone
+1 714-839-3500
Email
manager@hoangbus.com
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Chinatown Station to San Jose - Huong Lan Sandwich
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Book at
https://www.gotobus.com/hoangexpress/
Website
https://xedohoang.com/en
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
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $95
Website
https://www.greyhound.com/
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to San Francisco Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
https://www.greyhound.com/
Flixbus USA
Phone
+1 (855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $110
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$30 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $110
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$30 - $110
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.

Rome2Rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html

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Los Angeles to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco Bus Station.

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Los Angeles to San Francisco train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Oakland station.

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