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There are 5 ways to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  1h 58m

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to San Francisco (SFO) SBP - SFO

$163 - $312

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  9h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6766 / ...

$32 - $78

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Bus Amtrak  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Grover Beach Amtrak to San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train, Caltrain  •  8h 52m

  1. Take the train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$53 - $116

Drive  •  4h 11m

  1. Drive from Pismo Beach to San Francisco 245.6 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco is to drive which costs $24 - $35 and takes 4h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco is to fly which costs $160 - $320 and takes 1h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Pismo Beach to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Price Street at Wadsworth and arriving at San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal via Grover Beach Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 52m.

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The distance between Pismo Beach and San Francisco is 208 miles. The road distance is 245.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 6h 52m and costs .

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It takes approximately 1h 58m to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Pismo Beach to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Grover Beach Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco is to fly which takes 1h 58m and costs $160 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6h 52m, you could also train and Caltrain, which costs $50 - $120 and takes 8h 52m.

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The quickest flight from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 9m.

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Pismo Beach to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Pismo Beach to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 208.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 58m

What companies run services between Pismo Beach, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

United Airlines flies from Pismo Beach to San Francisco 4 times a day. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a bus from Pismo Beach to San Francisco once daily, and the journey takes 5h 45m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Bus 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
Bus from Grover Beach Amtrak to San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Maria, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75

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Yes, the driving distance between Pismo Beach to San Francisco is 246 miles. It takes approximately 4h 11m to drive from Pismo Beach to San Francisco.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 615+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport is to taxi which takes 11m and costs $35 - $45.

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