There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to La Jolla by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from San Francisco, line 30 bus  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN
  2. Take the line 30 bus from Old Town Transit Center to Silverado St & Herschel Av

$84 - $327

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Bus  •  12 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to La Jolla FlixBus

$21 - $34

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Fly from Oakland, line 30 bus  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN
  2. Take the line 30 bus from Old Town Transit Center to Silverado St & Herschel Av

$98 - $370

Caltrain to San Jose, fly  •  5 h 40 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

$94 - $352

Bus via W Oakland BART  •  12 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from W Oakland BART to La Jolla FlixBus

$21 - $36

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  12 h 32 min

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

$84 - $86

Caltrain, train  •  18 h 4 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center

$107 - $270

Drive  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to La Jolla 495.9 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to La Jolla. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Silverado St & Herschel Av via UTC Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 8 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and La Jolla is 450 miles. The road distance is 495.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to La Jolla without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 8 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 26 min to get from San Francisco to La Jolla, including transfers.

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San Francisco to La Jolla bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to La Jolla is to bus which takes 12 h 8 min and costs . Alternatively, you can Caltrain and train, which costs and takes 18 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 29 min.

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San Francisco to La Jolla bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at La Jolla station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to La Jolla is 496 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 18 min to drive from San Francisco to La Jolla.

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

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to La Jolla.
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  • Distance: 449.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 26 min

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

Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Francisco to La Jolla 6 times a week. Tickets cost $18 - $35 and the journey takes 11 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to La Jolla via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Station, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, San Diego Old Town Transportation Center, and Old Town Transit Center in around 18 h 4 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 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
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
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
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 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
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 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
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to La Jolla
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from W Oakland BART to La Jolla
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $30
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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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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