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There are 11 ways to get from Riverside to San Francisco by train, plane, subway, bus 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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Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$114 - $572

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Bus via Artic  •  13 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor Blvd Opp Disneyland 200
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Francisco, CA FlixBus

$22 - $66

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Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Francisco (SFO) ONT - SFO

$110 - $490

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK

$116 - $626

Train to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK

$60 - $214

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK

$120 - $451

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, BART  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  3. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station

$150 - $435

Train, line 4 bus, line 266 bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Norwalk/ Santa Fe Springs station
  2. Take the line 4 bus from Metrolink Station to Green Line Station
  3. Take the line 266 bus from Lakewood Blvd Station to Lakewood / Hardwick
  4. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK
  5. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  9 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA Southern CA-Northern CA

$80 - $89

Train  •  14 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$82 - $217

Drive  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to San Francisco 435.2 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from Riverside to San Francisco is to bus which costs $22 - $70 and takes 13 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Riverside to San Francisco is to train and fly and BART which costs $110 - $600 and takes 4 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Magnolia + Beatty and arriving at San Francisco, CA via Galleria @ Tyler, Disneyland Main Transportation Center and Anaheim, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 8 min.

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The distance between Riverside and San Francisco is 388 miles. The road distance is 435.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Riverside to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 33 min and costs $75 - $90.

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It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from Riverside to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Riverside to San Francisco bus services, operated by Riverside Transit Agency, depart from Galleria @ Tyler station.

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The best way to get from Riverside to San Francisco is to bus which takes 9 h 33 min and costs $75 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $80 - $220 and takes 14 h 17 min.

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The quickest flight from Ontario/San Bernardino Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Riverside to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at San Francisco, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Riverside to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 387.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 18 min

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

You can take a bus from Riverside to San Francisco via Los Angeles, CA, Union Station - Metro Gold Line, Chinatown Station, and Los Angeles, CA in around 9 h 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riverside to San Francisco via L. A. Union Station station, Los Angeles Union Station, Oakland Jack London Square Station, and Lake Merritt BART Station in around 14 h 17 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to Downtown Pomona station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to Norwalk/ Santa Fe Springs station
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
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 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
Bus operators
Norwalk Transit System
Website
ci.norwalk.ca.us
Bus from Metrolink Station to Green Line Station
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
norwalk.org
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Lakewood Blvd Station to Lakewood / Hardwick
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $17
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Anaheim, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
megabus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor Blvd Opp Disneyland
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Riverside to San Francisco is 435 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 14 min to drive from Riverside to San Francisco.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Ontario/San Bernardino Airport to Oakland Airport.

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