There are 12 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.

Recommended option

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 13 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

Cheapest option

Train, bus Flixbus USA  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the bus from Burbank to San Francisco FlixBus

$24 - $39

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Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 20 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 11 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 Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  5 h 36 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 Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$110 - $395

Train to Los Angeles, fly to San Francisco  •  5 h 38 min

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

$87 - $270

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 48 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, bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Santa Ana station
  2. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Long Beach, Ca
  3. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK
  4. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$74 - $314

Bus  •  9 h 48 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

$79 - $90

Train, bus Megabus  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA

$42 - $67

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 Amtrak 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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Riverside to San Francisco is to train and bus which costs $24 - $40 and takes 9 h 54 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 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Riverside, CA and arriving at San Francisco, CA via Vignes St. & Cesar Chavez Ave. and Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 48 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 48 min and costs $75 - $90.

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It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Riverside to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Riverside to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Riverside, CA station.

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The best way to get from Riverside to San Francisco is to bus which takes 9 h 48 min and costs $75 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $80 - $220 and takes 14 h 17 min.

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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 13 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, Vignes St. & Cesar Chavez Ave., Broadway & College St., and Los Angeles, CA in around 9 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riverside to San Francisco via L. A. Union Station station, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, 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 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
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
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
Every 4 hours
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 Santa Ana station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
BART
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
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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
Bus operators
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 Santa Ana, Ca to Long Beach, Ca
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$16 - $20
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 Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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