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

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Night bus, Caltrain  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the night bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$9 - $12

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Train, Caltrain  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$35 - $64

Bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6766 / ...

$17 - $40

Drive  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Salinas to San Francisco 107 miles

$10 - $16

Fly  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to San Francisco (SFO) MRY - SFO

$148 - $482

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Salinas, Ca and arriving at San Francisco, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salinas to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Salinas Amtrak and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 39 min.

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The distance between Salinas and San Francisco is 87 miles. The road distance is 107 miles.

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The best way to get from Salinas to San Francisco without a car is to night bus and Caltrain which takes 3 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 1 min to get from Salinas to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Salinas to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Salinas, Ca station.

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

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The best way to get from Salinas to San Francisco is to train and Caltrain which takes 3 h 39 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 40 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Monterey Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 53 min.

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Salinas to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Salinas to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 87.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 1 min

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

You can take a train from Salinas to San Francisco via San Jose Diridon Station and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 3 h 39 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Salinas to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Bus 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
Night bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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 Salinas, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40

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Salinas to San Francisco train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at San Francisco Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Salinas to San Francisco is 107 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 52 min to drive from Salinas to San Francisco.

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

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Book your Salinas to San Francisco bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 609+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $115 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Monterey Airport is to line 56 bus which takes 37 min and costs .

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