There are 10 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane, subway, tram, bus, train, 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  •  3 h 31 min

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

$80 - $259

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St via Oakland / ...

$28 - $100

8 alternative options

Fly Burbank to Oakland, BART  •  3 h 28 min

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

$112 - $440

Fly Burbank to San Francisco  •  3 h 31 min

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

$78 - $468

Tram, line 191 bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 53 min

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

$61 - $287

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK

$130 - $605

Train  •  11 h 48 min

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

$74 - $197

Night bus Greyhound USA  •  7 h 28 min

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

$42 - $100

Night bus Cabin  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco

$117 - $118

Drive  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco 383.9 miles

$35 - $55

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

Alaska Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco every 3 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h 10 min. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Civic Center/UN Plaza
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
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
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from Del Amo Station Bay 1 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Schedules at
boltbus.com
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
$69
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$115
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 559 km. The road distance is 614 km.

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to bus which costs $28 - $100 and takes 8 h 10 min.

The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly and BART which takes 3 h 28 min and costs $110 - $440.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles and arriving at San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 10 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, including transfers.