There are 5 ways to get from Salinas to San Francisco by train, 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, Caltrain  •  3 h 13 min

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

$35 - $64

Cheapest option

Night bus, Caltrain  •  2 h 35 min

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

$9 - $12

3 alternative options

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  •  2 h 59 min

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

$148 - $482

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Salinas to San Francisco is to night bus and Caltrain which costs $9 - $12 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salinas to San Francisco is to drive which costs $10 - $16 and takes 1 h 52 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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It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to get from Salinas to San Francisco, including transfers.

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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 13 min.

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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 Amtrak and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 3 h 13 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. Amtrak also services this route 3 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
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
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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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
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Francisco - Transbay Terminal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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