There are 10 ways to get from San Francisco to Carlsbad by plane, train, 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 San Francisco to San Diego, train  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station

$79 - $366

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim via Oakland / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to Oceanside, Ca 9473 / ...

$24 - $80

8 alternative options

Fly Oakland to San Diego, train  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station

$93 - $409

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to San Diego, train  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN
  3. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station

$89 - $391

Fly San Francisco to Santa Ana, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Ana (SNA) SFO - SNA
  2. Take the train from Irvine Transportation Center Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak

$108 - $339

Fly Oakland to Santa Ana, train  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Ana (SNA) OAK - SNA
  2. Take the train from Irvine Transportation Center Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak

$117 - $662

Bus  •  11 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca 9455 / ...

$59 - $138

Bus, train  •  12 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, CA to Burbank via Oakland
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$68 - $124

Train  •  16 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$101 - $264

Drive  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Carlsbad 470.7 miles

$45 - $70

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Carlsbad via Anaheim, Anaheim, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, and Oceanside Transit Center in around 10 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Carlsbad via Lake Merritt, Oakland Jack London Square Station, and Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak in around 16 h 32 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Train operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Carlsbad Amtrak
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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 Irvine Transportation Center Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 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
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $55
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Bus from Oakland, CA to Burbank
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Anaheim, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Francisco and Carlsbad is 688 km. The road distance is 753 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Carlsbad is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7 h 51 min.

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Carlsbad is to fly and train which takes 5 h 19 min and costs $75 - $370.

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Carlsbad. However, there are services departing from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St and arriving at Carlsbad Village Station via Anaheim, Ca and Oceanside Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 59 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 19 min to get from San Francisco to Carlsbad, including transfers.