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There are 12 ways to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles by plane, subway, bus, tram, train or car

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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles  •  3h 49m

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

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Bus  •  8h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Downtown 2005 / ...

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BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles  •  3h 53m

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

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  4h 18m

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

Fly San Francisco to Burbank  •  4h 20m

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

BART to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR

BART to Oakland, fly to Long Beach, line 191 bus, tram  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) OAK - LGB
  3. Take the line 191 bus from Del Amo & Lakewood Nw to Del Amo Station Bay 3
  4. Take the tram from Del Amo Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line

Fly Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  5h 45m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) OAK - ONT
  2. Take the train from Rancho Cucamonga station to L. A. Union Station station

BART, bus via San Jose  •  8h 20m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose Green-N
  2. Take the bus from San José, CA - King Rd to Chinatown Station San Fran

BART, bus  •  11h 22m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose Green-N
  2. Take the bus from King & Virginia - San Jose to Downtown Los Angeles San Jose-Los Angeles

Caltrain, train  •  13h 25m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain L1 / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose to Los Angeles Coast Starlight

Drive  •  6h 20m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles 383.1 miles

San Francisco to Los Angeles by bus

The bus journey time between San Francisco and Los Angeles is around 8h and covers a distance of around 393 miles. Operated by Flixbus USA, Xe Do Hoang Transportation and Greyhound USA, the San Francisco to Los Angeles bus service departs from San Francisco and arrives in Los Angeles Downtown. Typically nine buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

9 Weekly Buses
8h Average Duration
$28 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles is to bus which costs $28 - $65 and takes 8h.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles is to fly. Taking this option will cost $55 - $170 and takes 3h 49m.

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

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Los Angeles. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Los Angeles via San Jose. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 25m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is 349 miles. The road distance is 383.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles without a car is to bus which takes 8h and costs $28 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3h 49m to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco 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 3h 49m and costs $55 - $170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $28 - $65 and takes 8h, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs $55 - $95 and takes 13h 25m.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 349.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 49m

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

Delta, Southwest Airlines and four other airlines fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles hourly. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Downtown twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $65 and the journey takes 8h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $210
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $170
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $160
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach via Reno
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $230
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $170
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $270
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $270
JSX
Website
jsx.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $270
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $140
Train operators
BART
Phone
+1-510-464-6000
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Phone
+1-323-466-3876
Email
CustomerRelations@metro.net
Website
metro.net
Tram from Del Amo Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Senior/Disabled
$1
Adult
$2
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Rancho Cucamonga station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
children 5 and under with a paid adult
$0
Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$4 - $5
Student / Youth 6-18
$5 - $8
Caltrain
Phone
+1 800-660-4287
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
One-way Senior / Disabled / Youth / Medicare Cardholder
$4 - $6
One-way Adult
$9 - $12
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
Long Beach Transit
Website
ridelbt.com
Bus from Del Amo & Lakewood Nw to Del Amo Station Bay 3
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Website
Long Beach Transit
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Downtown
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$30 - $65
Adult Advance Purchase
$28 - $40
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
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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 to Los Angeles Union Sta
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $110
Hoang Express
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from San José, CA - King Rd to Chinatown Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Book at
gotobus.com
Tufesa
Phone
+1 833 766 3553
Email
centelusa@hotmail.com
Website
tufesainternacional.com
Bus from King & Virginia - San Jose to Downtown Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Schedules at
tufesabus.com
Book at
tufesabus.com

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 24m.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Los Angeles Downtown station.

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

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

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JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Delta and three other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $8 - $10.

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