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

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Bus  •  2h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento to San Francisco 2065 / ...

$16 - $23

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  3h 25m

  1. Take the bus from J St. and 6th St. to Pleasant Hill BART Station Blue
  2. Take the BART from Pleasant Hill / Contra Costa Centre BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station Yellow-S

$9 - $12

3 alternative options

Train, BART  •  2h 36m

  1. Take the train from Sacramento to Richmond Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the BART from Richmond BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station Red-S

$31 - $43

Drive  •  1h 33m

  1. Drive from Sacramento to San Francisco 87 miles

$8 - $13

Fly  •  3h 3m

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to San Francisco (SFO) SMF - SFO

$100 - $300

Sacramento to San Francisco by bus

The bus journey time between Sacramento and San Francisco is around 2h 8m and covers a distance of around 92 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 1h 50m. Services are operated by FlixBus-us and Greyhound USA. Typically 40 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2h 8m
Fastest bus time:
1h 50m
Buses per week:
40
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:00
Last bus departs at:
15:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sacramento to San Francisco bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to San Francisco is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to San Francisco is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1h 33m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sacramento and arriving at San Francisco. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sacramento to San Francisco station. However, there are services departing from Sacramento and arriving at Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station via Richmond BART Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 36m.

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The distance between Sacramento and San Francisco is 75 miles. The road distance is 87 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 2h 10m and costs $16 - $23.

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The bus from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2h 10m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Sacramento to San Francisco bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Sacramento station.

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Sacramento to San Francisco train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Sacramento station.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to San Francisco is to bus which takes 2h 10m and costs $16 - $23. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $100 - $300 and takes 3h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 75.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 10m

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

FlixBus-us operates a bus from Sacramento to San Francisco every 4 hours, and the journey takes 2h 10m. Greyhound USA also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Sacramento to San Francisco 5 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento to Richmond
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Richmond BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Pleasant Hill / Contra Costa Centre BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from J St. and 6th St. to Pleasant Hill BART Station
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
FAST

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Sacramento to San Francisco bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Sacramento to San Francisco train services, operated by BART, arrive at Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to San Francisco is 87 miles. It takes approximately 1h 33m to drive from Sacramento to San Francisco.

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United Airlines offers flights from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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