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There are 11 ways to get from San Clemente to San Francisco by train, plane, subway, bus, night 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.

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Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO

$105 - $302

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Bus  •  13 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from El Camino Real-Avd Presidio to 7Th-Channel 1
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Francisco, CA FlixBus

$19 - $69

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Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$114 - $624

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK

$132 - $487

Bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from El Camino Real-Avd Presidio to 7Th-Channel
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK

$61 - $292

Train to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK

$76 - $252

Train, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Ontario Amtrak
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK

$155 - $659

Night bus, bus  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA Southern CA-Northern CA

Train  •  14 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$98 - $255

Train, Caltrain  •  15 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$101 - $249

Drive  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Drive from San Clemente to San Francisco 445.6 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from San Clemente to San Francisco is to bus which costs $19 - $70 and takes 13 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Clemente to San Francisco is to train and fly which costs $100 - $310 and takes 4 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Clemente to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Calle De Los Molinos-Avd Pico and arriving at San Francisco, CA via San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station, Cesar E Chavez / Alameda and Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 48 min.

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The distance between San Clemente and San Francisco is 406 miles. The road distance is 445.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Clemente to San Francisco without a car is to night bus and bus which takes 11 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 33 min to get from San Clemente to San Francisco, including transfers.

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San Clemente to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from San Clemente to San Francisco is to bus which takes 13 h 43 min and costs $19 - $70. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $95 - $260 and takes 14 h 32 min.

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The quickest flight from Santa Ana Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 22 min.

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San Clemente to San Francisco bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, arrive at San Francisco, CA station.

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Map of how to get from San Clemente to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 406.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 33 min

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

You can take a bus from San Clemente to San Francisco via 7Th-Channel and Anaheim, CA in around 13 h 43 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Clemente to San Francisco via Los Angeles Union Station, Oakland Jack London Square Station, and Lake Merritt BART Station in around 14 h 32 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
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 San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Train from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from El Camino Real-Avd Presidio to 7Th-Channel
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Clemente to San Francisco is 446 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 24 min to drive from San Clemente to San Francisco.

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Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Ana Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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