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

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Fly  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL

$243 - $463

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield FlixBus

$14 - $24

4 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Fresno, Ca 6839 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Fresno, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 1429 / ...

$40 - $95

Train  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Bakersfield Amtrak San Joaquins

$54 - $145

Bus  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 6825 / ...

$30 - $85

Drive  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Bakersfield 284.6 miles

$27 - $45

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Bakersfield, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 5 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Bakersfield is 253 miles. The road distance is 284.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield is to fly which takes 2 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 1 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 7 h 38 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Bakersfield Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 19 min.

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San Francisco to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Bakersfield, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Bakersfield is 285 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 43 min to drive from San Francisco to Bakersfield.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Bakersfield Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Bakersfield.
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  • Distance: 252.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 58 min

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

United Airlines flies from San Francisco to Bakersfield twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield via Fresno, Ca in around 6 h 1 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
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 Richmond Transit Station to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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 Francisco, Ca to Fresno, Ca
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Fresno, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Book your San Francisco to Bakersfield bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 56+ hotels available in Bakersfield. Prices start at $45 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs .

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