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There are 10 ways to get from San Francisco to Boston by plane, train, ferry, 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 Francisco to Boston  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS) SFO - BOS

$158 - $464

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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Boston  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Boston (BOS) SJC - BOS

$163 - $572

Fly San Francisco to Providence, train  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Providence (PVD) SFO - PVD
  2. Take the train from Providence Amtrak Station to Boston South Station

$235 - $770

Fly San Francisco to Provincetown, ferry  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Provincetown (PVC) SFO - PVC
  2. Take the ferry from MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA to World Trade Center Pier, Boston, MA

$315 - $632

Fly Oakland to Manchester, I-93  •  10 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Manchester (MHT) OAK - MHT
  2. Take the I-93 from North Londonderry, NH - exit 5 to Boston, MA

$293 - $560

Fly Oakland to Providence, train  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Providence (PVD) OAK - PVD
  2. Take the train from Providence Amtrak Station to Boston South Station

$289 - $923

Train, bus  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to New York
  3. Take the bus from New York to Boston, MA

$411 - $1,033

Train  •  3 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Chicago Union Station California Zephyr
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Boston South Station Lake Shore Limited

$424 - $1,295

Bus  •  3 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to New York, Ny
  3. Take the bus from New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal to Boston, MA - South Station Ny

$318 - $827

Drive  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Boston 3127.3 miles

$300 - $450

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Boston is to fly which costs $150 - $470 and takes 7 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Boston is to fly which costs $150 - $470 and takes 7 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Boston station. However, there are services departing from Salesforce Transit Center and arriving at Boston, MA - South Station via Oakland, Ca, Las Vegas, Nv and New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 6 h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Boston is 2709 miles. The road distance is 3127.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Boston without a car is to train and bus which takes 3 days 2 h and costs $410 - $1,100.

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It takes approximately 7 h 4 min to get from San Francisco to Boston, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Boston is to fly which takes 7 h 4 min and costs $150 - $470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $420 - $1,300 and takes 3 days 3 h, you could also bus, which costs $310 - $850 and takes 3 days 6 h.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Boston Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 23 min.

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San Francisco to Boston bus services, operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines, arrive at Boston, MA - South Station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Boston.
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  • Distance: 2708.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 4 min

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

United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and six other airlines fly from San Francisco to Boston hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Boston via Richmond BART Station, Richmond Amtrak, and Chicago Union Station in around 3 days 3 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Jose to Boston via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Orlando
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Burbank, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Albuquerque, Baltimore
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Manchester via Chicago Midway, Baltimore
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Orlando
Ave. Duration
8 h 47 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Kansas City, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Burbank, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Las Vegas, Baltimore
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Minneapolis, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Ontario/San Bernardino, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Providence via St. Louis, Baltimore
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,500
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,500
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Newark
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $650
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Long Beach
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via Boston
Ave. Duration
8 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via New York JFK, Boston
Ave. Duration
9 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via Long Beach, Boston
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via Denver, Boston
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Boston via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
8 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$500 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Providence via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
10 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Providence via Toronto
Ave. Duration
9 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via Boston
Ave. Duration
8 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Provincetown via Denver, Boston
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Providence Amtrak Station to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$60 - $150
First Class Seat
$120 - $160
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 Richmond Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$290 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Coach Seat
$600 - $900
Room
$1,100 - $1,600
Train from Chicago Union Station to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
21 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Business Coach Seat
$280 - $390
Room
$500 - $750
Bus operators
Boston Express
Phone
1800-639-8080
Email
contact@bostonexpressbus.com
Website
bostonexpressbus.com
Bus from North Londonderry, NH - exit 5 to Boston, MA
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
bostonexpressbus.com
Book at
tickets.bostonexpressbus.com
D&J Bus
Bus from Chicago, IL to New York
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from Chicago to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Lucky Star Bus
Phone
(888) 881-0887 / (617) 269-5468
Email
info@luckystarbus.com
Website
luckystarbus.com
Bus from New York to Boston, MA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
luckystarbus.com
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 Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$65 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $160
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
2 days 10 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$230 - $390
Flexible
$460 - $600
Bus from New York, Ny to Boston, Ma
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal to Boston, MA - South Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com
Ferry operators
Bay State Cruise Company
Phone
+1 617-748-1428
Website
baystatecruisecompany.com
Ferry from MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA to World Trade Center Pier, Boston, MA
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
baystatecruisecompany.com
Boston Harbor Cruises
Website
bostonharborcruises.com
Ferry from Provincetown Ferry Terminal to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$61
Schedules at
bostonharborcruises.com

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Boston is 3 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 7:40 AM in San Francisco and 10:40 AM in Boston.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Boston is 3127 miles. It takes approximately 2 days 1 h to drive from San Francisco to Boston.

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Delta, Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Boston Airport.

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There are 779+ hotels available in Boston. Prices start at $110 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 $6 - $9.

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