There are 9 ways to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles by plane, subway, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) SFO - LAX

$77 - $256

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Bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA FlixBus / ...

$14 - $100

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BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX

$56 - $209

Fly San Francisco to Burbank  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$76 - $465

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$110 - $438

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  5 h 23 min

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

$71 - $320

Caltrain, train  •  13 h 28 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$75 - $192

Night bus  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica

$85 - $117

Drive  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles 383.5 miles

$35 - $55

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Los Angeles, CA. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Los Angeles station. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 28 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is 349 miles. The road distance is 383.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles without a car is to bus which takes 8 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from San Francisco, CA station.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles is to fly which takes 3 h 32 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs and takes 13 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 18 min.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Los Angeles, CA station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 349.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 32 min

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
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
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
boltbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.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 San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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San Francisco to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Los Angeles is 383 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 20 min to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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Delta, Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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Book your San Francisco to Los Angeles bus tickets online with FlixBus, Busbud and Greyhound.

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There are 2548+ hotels available in Los Angeles. Prices start at $109 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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