There are 6 ways to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Oakland  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Oakland (OAK) SLC - OAK

$92 - $404

Cheapest option

Bus  •  15 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Salt Lake City, Ut to Reno, Nv 1347
  2. Take the bus from Reno, Nv to San Francisco, Ca 8309 / ...

$79 - $193

4 alternative options

Fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Francisco (SFO) SLC - SFO

$88 - $242

Fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Jose (SJC) SLC - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$84 - $216

Train  •  18 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Salt Lake City Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station California Zephyr

$114 - $316

Drive  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Salt Lake City to San Francisco 740.5 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 11 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco is to fly which costs $90 - $410 and takes 4 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Salt Lake City, Ut and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Reno, Nv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 29 min.

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The distance between Salt Lake City and San Francisco is 603 miles. The road distance is 740.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 29 min and costs $75 - $200.

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It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Salt Lake City to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Salt Lake City, Ut station.

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The best way to get from Salt Lake City to San Francisco is to fly which takes 4 h 3 min and costs $90 - $410. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $200 and takes 15 h 29 min, you could also train, which costs $110 - $320 and takes 18 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Salt Lake City Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 602.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 3 min

What companies run services between Salt Lake City, UT, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Salt Lake City to San Francisco every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Salt Lake City to San Francisco via Reno, Nv in around 15 h 29 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Salt Lake City to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Salt Lake City to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Flights from Salt Lake City to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 Salt Lake City Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Room
$440 - $650
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 Salt Lake City, Ut to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $130
Bus from Reno, Nv to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $45
Flexible
$45 - $65

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