There are 11 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane, subway, train, tram, bus, 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 22 min

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

$77 - $257

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA LA-Oakland / ...

$29 - $110

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Fly Burbank to Oakland, BART  •  3 h 23 min

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

$110 - $438

Fly Burbank to San Francisco  •  3 h 21 min

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

$76 - $466

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 10 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

Tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 51 min

  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
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum to Civic Center/UN Plaza

$59 - $285

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum to Civic Center/UN Plaza

$130 - $656

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

$82 - $122

Drive  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco 383.9 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to bus which costs $29 - $110 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which costs $75 - $470 and takes 3 h 21 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles, CA and arriving at San Francisco, CA. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 349.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 22 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. 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 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h 50 min. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
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
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
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 Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
46 min
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 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
Metro Los Angeles
Bus operators
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
$29 - $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
$71
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
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
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Los Angeles, CA, LA Downtown to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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