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

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, BART  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to Richmond Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the BART from Richmond BART Station to Millbrae BART Station Red

$38 - $73

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Night bus  •  3h

  1. Take the night bus from Sacramento to Millbrae FlixBus

$9 - $17

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 8309 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Mission St & 1st St to Hwy 101 & 3rd Ave 398

$18 - $38

Drive  •  1h 50m

  1. Drive from Sacramento to San Mateo 104.4 miles

$10 - $15

Fly  •  3h 2m

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

$74 - $195

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to San Mateo is to drive which costs $10 - $15 and takes 1h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to San Mateo is to drive which costs $10 - $15 and takes 1h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sacramento to San Mateo. However, there are services departing from Sacramento, Ca and arriving at Hwy 101 & 3rd Ave via Mission St & 1st St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 46m.

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The distance between Sacramento and San Mateo is 84 miles. The road distance is 104.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to San Mateo without a car is to train and BART which takes 3h 26m and costs $35 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3h 26m to get from Sacramento to San Mateo, including transfers.

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Sacramento to San Mateo bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Sacramento, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to San Mateo is to bus which takes 3h 46m and costs $18 - $40. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $70 - $200 and takes 3h 2m.

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 3m.

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Sacramento to San Mateo bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Hwy 101 & 3rd Ave station.

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to San Mateo.
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  • Distance: 84.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 26m

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

You can take a bus from Sacramento to San Mateo via San Francisco, Ca and Mission St & 1st St in around 3h 46m. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Sacramento to San Mateo 5 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
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 Valley Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Richmond BART Station to Millbrae BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
bart.gov
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.

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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, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 1st St to Hwy 101 & 3rd Ave
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from Sacramento to Millbrae
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to San Mateo is 104 miles. It takes approximately 1h 50m to drive from Sacramento to San Mateo.

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

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There are 304+ hotels available in San Mateo. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Sacramento Airport is to bus which takes 12m and costs $2.

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