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There are 6 ways to get from Oakland to San Rafael by bus, subway, night bus, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Line 101 bus  •  1h 14m

  1. Take the line 101 bus from Mission St & 2nd St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B 101 / ...

$8 - $12

Cheapest option

Bus, line 40 bus  •  2h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Broadway & 12th St to Del Norte BART 72R / ...
  2. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B 40

$6 - $11

4 alternative options

BART, line 40 bus  •  1h 33m

  1. Take the BART from 12th Street / Oakland City Center to El Cerrito Del Norte Orange-N / ...
  2. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to Andersen Dr & Francisco Blvd W 40

$7 - $11

Night bus  •  45 min

  1. Take the night bus from Oakland to San Rafael "Greyhound"

$9 - $15

Taxi  •  26 min

  1. Take a taxi from Oakland to San Rafael 21.8 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  26 min

  1. Drive from Oakland to San Rafael 21.8 miles

$2 - $4

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The cheapest way to get from Oakland to San Rafael is to drive which costs $2 - $4 and takes 26 min.

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The fastest way to get from Oakland to San Rafael is to taxi which takes 26 min and costs $120 - $150.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Oakland and arriving at San Rafael. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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The distance between Oakland and San Rafael is 18 miles. The road distance is 21.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Oakland to San Rafael without a car is to line 101 bus which takes 1h 14m and costs $7 - $12.

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It takes approximately 1h 14m to get from Oakland to San Rafael, including transfers.

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Oakland to San Rafael bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oakland station.

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Oakland to San Rafael bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Rafael station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Oakland to San Rafael is 22 miles. It takes approximately 26 min to drive from Oakland to San Rafael.

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  • Distance: 18.5 miles
  • Duration: 1h 14m

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

Golden Gate Transit operates a bus from Mission St & 2nd St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $5 - $8 and the journey takes 48 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from 12th Street / Oakland City Center to El Cerrito Del Norte
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Mission St & 2nd St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Golden Gate Transit
Bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to Andersen Dr & Francisco Blvd W
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Golden Gate Transit
Bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Golden Gate Transit
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Broadway & 12th St to Del Norte BART
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
AC 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
Night bus from Oakland to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $15
Flexible
$25 - $40
Other operators
Taxi from Oakland to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
26 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 415.333.3333
Website
yellowcabsf.com
Taxi Bay Area
Phone
+1 408-541-1515
Website
taxibayarea.com
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com

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