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There are 10 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

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco Bus Station

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Fly Burbank to San Francisco

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

Fly Burbank to Oakland, BART

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

Fly Los Angeles to Oakland, BART

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

Fly Burbank to San Jose, BART

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

Tram, line 191 bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART

  1. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Del Amo Station
  2. Take the line 191 bus from Del Amo Station Bay 2 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
  3. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK)
  4. Take the BART from Coliseum to Civic Center / UN Plaza

Bus, Caltrain

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

Train

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles to Oakland

Drive

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Los Angeles to San Francisco by bus

30 Weekly Buses
8h 10m Average Duration
$28 Cheapest Price
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Los Angeles → San Francisco
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in San Francisco is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in San Francisco is recommended.

The social distance requirement in San Francisco is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 31 Jan 2023
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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to bus which costs $28 - $75 and takes 8h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which costs $60 - $700 and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles and arriving at San Francisco Bus Station station. Services depart four times a day, 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 55m.

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The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 349 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 which takes 8h 10m and costs $28 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3h 26m 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 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 26m and costs $60 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $28 - $75 and takes 8h 10m, you could also train, which costs $60 - $85 and takes 11h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 349.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 26m

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

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and four other airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco Bus Station 4 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 8h 10m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $240
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $320
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $240
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $360
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $320
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
JSX
Website
jsx.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $300
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $170
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 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas to Civic Center / UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Phone
+1-323-466-3876
Email
CustomerRelations@metro.net
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Del Amo Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Senior/Disabled
$1
Adult
$2
Caltrain
Phone
+1 800-660-4287
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
11h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Premium
$240 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Seat
$110 - $160
Bus operators
Long Beach Transit
Website
ridelbt.com
Bus from Del Amo Station Bay 2 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Website
Long Beach Transit
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 Los Angeles to San Francisco Bus Station
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$30 - $65
Adult Advance Purchase
$28 - $40
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
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
xedohoang.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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Amtrak

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

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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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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to San Francisco is 384 miles. It takes approximately 6h 21m to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

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JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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