There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by plane, subway, bus, train, 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.

Recommended option

Fly to San Francisco  •  2 h 38 min

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

$72 - $312

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  12 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6860 / ...

$60 - $143

6 alternative options

Fly to Oakland, BART  •  3 h 54 min

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

$98 - $372

Fly to San Jose  •  4 h 13 min

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

$122 - $378

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  14 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA Southern CA-Northern CA

$87 - $88

Train, Caltrain  •  15 h 13 min

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

$105 - $263

Bus, night bus  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6862 / ...

$65 - $150

Drive  •  8 h 22 min

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

$45 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 8 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to fly which costs $70 - $320 and takes 2 h 38 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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It takes approximately 2 h 38 min to get from San Diego to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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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 Los Angeles, Ca and Folsom St & Beale St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 48 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 Amtrak and arriving at Millbrae Caltrain via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 13 min.

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

Southwest Airlines, United 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 Los Angeles, Ca, San Francisco, Ca, and Folsom St & Beale St in around 12 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Powell St.
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Powell St. to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bart.gov
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 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 Amtrak
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
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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