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

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Train, line 40 bus  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B 40 / ...

$31 - $64

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Bus, line 40 bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from J St. and 6th St. to Fairfield Transportation Center
  2. Take the bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to El Cerrito Del Norte BART Gx
  3. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B 40 / ...

$13 - $20

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Bus, line 1482 bus  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca 8309 / ...
  2. Take the line 1482 bus from Oakland, Ca to San Rafael 1482

$24 - $51

Drive  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to San Rafael 83.2 miles

$8 - $12

Fly, line 70 bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to San Francisco (SFO) SMF - SFO
  2. Take the line 70 bus from Spencer Ave Bus Pad to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C

$94 - $216

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to San Rafael is to drive which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to San Rafael is to drive which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sacramento to San Rafael. However, there are services departing from Sacramento, Ca and arriving at San Rafael via Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

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The distance between Sacramento and San Rafael is 71 miles. The road distance is 83.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to San Rafael without a car is to train and line 40 bus which takes 2 h 42 min and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 2 h 42 min to get from Sacramento to San Rafael, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Sacramento to San Rafael bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Rafael station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to San Rafael is 83 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 28 min to drive from Sacramento to San Rafael.

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

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to San Rafael.
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  • Distance: 70.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 42 min

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

You can take a bus from Sacramento to San Rafael via Oakland, Ca in around 3 h 20 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
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
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Spencer Ave Bus Pad to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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 Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Oakland, Ca to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $19
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from J St. and 6th St. to Fairfield Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
Bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to El Cerrito Del Norte BART
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
fasttransit.org

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