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There are 11 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane, subway, tram, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly Los Angeles to San Francisco  •  3h 48m

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

$51 - $170

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Bus  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6742 / ...

$40 - $75

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Fly Los Angeles to Oakland, BART  •  3h 43m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Powell Street

$44 - $202

Fly Burbank to Oakland, BART  •  3h 41m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Powell Street

$60 - $328

Fly Burbank to San Francisco  •  3h 48m

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

$63 - $306

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, BART  •  5h 14m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas to Powell Street

$68 - $173

Fly Burbank to San Jose, BART  •  5h 11m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas to Powell Street

$115 - $479

Tram, line 191 bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5h 19m

  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) LGB - OAK
  4. Take the BART from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Powell Street

$1,216 - $1,368

Train, Caltrain  •  11h 45m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Ltd A / ...

$64 - $88

Night bus  •  10h 28m

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

$82 - $122

Drive  •  6h 21m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco 383.6 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly and BART which costs $55 - $330 and takes 3h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at San Francisco, Ca. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Los Angeles station to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles Union Station and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 45m.

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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 9h 25m and costs $40 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3h 48m 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, Ca station.

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

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3h 48m and costs $50 - $170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $75 and takes 9h 25m, you could also train and Caltrain, which costs $60 - $90 and takes 11h 45m.

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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 48m

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

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and four other airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 9h 25m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $260
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$12 - $210
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$15 - $280
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $390
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $240
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $800
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $250
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Powell Street
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas to Powell Street
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
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
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
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 San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
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
$40 - $75
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Hoang Express
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Chinatown Station to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
gotobus.com
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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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 19m.

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

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Los Angeles to San Francisco train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at San Francisco Caltrain 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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There are 2323+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to bus which takes 39 min and costs $8 - $10.

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