There are 9 ways to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by plane, train, subway, 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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Fly San Diego to San Francisco  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO

$72 - $312

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Bus  •  12 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim to Millbrae FlixBus

$32 - $65

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Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Francisco  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO

$121 - $345

Fly San Diego to Oakland, BART  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Powell St. BART Station
  3. Take the BART from Powell St. BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station

$98 - $372

Fly San Diego to San Jose  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC

$122 - $378

Train, bus, Caltrain  •  11 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Jose, CA
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain

$70 - $129

Bus, Caltrain  •  12 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain

$61 - $144

Train, Caltrain  •  15 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain

$105 - $264

Drive  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 497.7 miles

$45 - $75

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level via Anaheim and Millbrae BART-Bay 12 West Busway. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Millbrae Caltrain via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 28 min.

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The distance between San Diego and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 452 miles. The road distance is 497.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to train and bus and Caltrain which takes 11 h 59 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to fly which takes 2 h 36 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 17 min, you could also train and Caltrain, which costs and takes 15 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 27 min.

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San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Millbrae station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
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  • Distance: 451.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 36 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via Anaheim, Ca, Anaheim, Millbrae, and Millbrae BART-Bay 12 West Busway in around 12 h 17 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak 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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Powell St. BART Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell St. BART Station to San Francisco International Airport BART Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Anaheim to Millbrae
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Millbrae Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 498 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 22 min to drive from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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

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There are 589+ hotels available in San Francisco Airport (SFO). Prices start at $116 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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