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There are 5 ways to get from Mountain View to San Francisco by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Mountain View Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$8 - $10

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Bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 9th St 398

$7 - $12

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Mountain View to San Francisco 39.5 miles

$220 - $270

Drive  •  42 min

  1. Drive from Mountain View to San Francisco 39.5 miles

$3 - $6

Uber  •  42 min

  1. Take an Uber from Mountain View to San Francisco 39.5 miles

$60 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Mountain View to San Francisco is to drive which costs $3 - $6 and takes 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mountain View to San Francisco is to taxi which costs $220 - $270 and takes 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Mountain View to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Castro and arriving at Mission St & 9th St via Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mountain View Caltrain and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

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The distance between Mountain View and San Francisco is 33 miles. The road distance is 39.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Mountain View to San Francisco without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 15 min and costs $8 - $10.

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The Caltrain from Mountain View Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain takes 1 h 15 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Mountain View to San Francisco bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B station.

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Mountain View to San Francisco train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from Mountain View Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from Mountain View to San Francisco is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 15 min and costs $8 - $10. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $7 - $12 and takes 3 h.

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Map of how to get from Mountain View to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 32.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 15 min

What companies run services between Mountain View, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Mountain View to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $10 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Mountain View to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $3 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 30 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 9th St
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Mountain View to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$50 - $65
Assist
$60 - $75
UberX
$60 - $75
WAV
$60 - $75
UberXL
$90 - $120
Select
$130 - $170
Black
$170 - $220
Black SUV
$190 - $240
Taxi from Mountain View to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
42 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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Mountain View to San Francisco bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Mission St & 9th St station.

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Mountain View to San Francisco train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at San Francisco Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mountain View to San Francisco is 40 miles. It takes approximately 42 min to drive from Mountain View to San Francisco.

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