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There are 10 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane, subway, bus, tram, 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.

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Fly Los Angeles to Oakland, BART  •  3h 29m

  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

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Bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the bus from LA Downtown to San Francisco FlixBus / ...

$14 - $110

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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 BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$110 - $438

Fly Burbank to San Francisco  •  3h 31m

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

$76 - $466

Bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  4h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK

$108 - $568

Tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  5h

  1. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK

$59 - $285

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland  •  5h 22m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK

$130 - $656

Train  •  11h 48m

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

$74 - $197

Night bus  •  10h 10m

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

$82 - $122

Drive  •  6h 21m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco 383.9 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to bus which costs $14 - $110 and takes 7h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly and BART which costs $50 - $210 and takes 3h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from LA Downtown and arriving at San Francisco. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 50m.

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The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 349 miles. The road distance is 383.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 7h 50m and costs $14 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3h 29m to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from LA Downtown station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3h 31m and costs $75 - $470. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $14 - $110 and takes 7h 50m, you could also train, which costs $70 - $200 and takes 11h 48m.

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

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Los Angeles to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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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 29m

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

Southwest Airlines and United Airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco every 3 hours. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco 5 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $25 and the journey takes 7h 50m. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $330
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $330
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
26m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
49m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
11h 14m
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
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Boltbus
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
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$72
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.

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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, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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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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Spirit Airlines, Boutique Air and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to Oakland Airport.

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Book your Los Angeles to San Francisco bus tickets online with FlixBus, Busbud and Greyhound.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30m and costs .

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