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There are 11 ways to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael by plane, bus, train, tram 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 Burbank to Oakland  •  4 h 23 min

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

$134 - $461

Cheapest option

Bus Boltbus  •  10 h 2 min

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

$33 - $49

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Fly Los Angeles to Oakland  •  4 h 30 min

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

$80 - $232

Fly Burbank to San Francisco, line 70 bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO) BUR - SFO
  2. Take the line 70 bus from Spencer Ave Bus Pad to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C

$92 - $481

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 11 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

$154 - $628

Tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 52 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

$83 - $308

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 9 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

$154 - $679

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h 33 min

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

$47 - $110

Bus, train  •  10 h 40 min

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

$59 - $143

Train  •  12 h 57 min

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

$78 - $203

Drive  •  6 h 31 min

  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 - $50 and takes 10 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to San Rafael is to fly which costs $130 - $470 and takes 4 h 23 min.

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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 Platform B via Fremont St btwn Folsom St & Howard St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 2 min.

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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 10 h 2 min and costs $30 - $50.

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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min 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 4 h 23 min and costs $130 - $470. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $50 and takes 10 h 2 min, you could also train, which costs $75 - $210 and takes 12 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Burbank Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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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: 4 h 23 min

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

Southwest Airlines and JetSuiteX 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 8 h 25 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Reno
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
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 16 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
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
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 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 Bakersfield Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
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 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
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Spencer Ave Bus Pad to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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
Website
boltbus.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
9 h 25 min
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 Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com

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More Questions & Answers

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

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JetSuiteX and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Burbank Airport to Oakland Airport.

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There are 368+ hotels available in San Rafael. Prices start at $118 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Burbank Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs $5 - $7.

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