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There are 12 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael by plane, ferry, bus, tram, train, subway 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  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK

$79 - $224

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Bus Boltbus  •  9h 44m

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

$34 - $51

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Fly Burbank to Oakland  •  4h 33m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK

$134 - $461

Fly Los Angeles to San Francisco, ferry  •  5h 3m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) LAX - SFO
  2. Take the ferry from San Francisco Ferry Terminal to Larkspur Ferry Terminal

$82 - $253

Bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  5h 42m

  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

$132 - $591

Tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  6h 1m

  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

$83 - $308

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland  •  6h 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

$154 - $679

Fly Burbank to Concord, BART, line 40 bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Concord (CCR) BUR - CCR
  2. Take the BART from Concord to MacArthur
  3. Take the BART from MacArthur to El Cerrito del Norte
  4. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Centet

$59 - $362

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6834 / ...

$48 - $112

Bus, train  •  10h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak San Joaquins

$60 - $145

Train  •  12h 58m

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

$79 - $205

Drive  •  6h 31m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to San Rafael 394.2 miles

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael is to bus which costs $30 - $55 and takes 9h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael is to fly which costs $75 - $230 and takes 4h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to San Rafael. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles and arriving at San Rafael Transit Center via Salesforce Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 44m.

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The distance between Los Angeles and San Rafael is 364 miles. The road distance is 394.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael without a car is to bus which takes 9h 44m and costs $30 - $55.

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It takes approximately 4h 30m to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to San Rafael bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from Los Angeles station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael is to fly which takes 4h 30m and costs $75 - $230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $55 and takes 9h 44m, you could also train, which costs $75 - $210 and takes 12h 58m.

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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 Rafael bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael.
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  • Distance: 363.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 30m

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

Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Boutique Air fly from Los Angeles to San Rafael hourly. Alternatively, Boltbus operates a bus from Los Angeles to San Rafael 3 times a day. Tickets cost $29 - $45 and the journey takes 8h 25m.

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 Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
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
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
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 Burbank to Concord
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Burbank to Concord
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
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
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 Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Concord to MacArthur
Ave. Duration
26m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Subway from MacArthur to El Cerrito del Norte
Ave. Duration
14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Website
bart.gov
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
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Centet
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Boltbus
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
9h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Ferry operators
Golden Gate Ferry
Website
goldengateferry.org
Ferry from San Francisco Ferry Terminal to Larkspur Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $12
Schedules at
goldengateferry.org

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to San Rafael is 394 miles. It takes approximately 6h 31m to drive from Los Angeles to San Rafael.

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

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There are 354+ hotels available in San Rafael. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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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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