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

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Burner Express Bus, bus  •  8h 35m

  1. Take the Burner Express Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport Black Rock City to San Francisco
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot 395 Route North

$132 - $152

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Bus  •  11h 37m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Merced
  2. Take the bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
  3. Take the bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride

$54 - $80

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Train, bus  •  12h 2m

  1. Take the train from Richmond to Merced
  2. Take the bus from Merced Amtrak to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
  3. Take the bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride

$68 - $103

Train, bus via Reno  •  12h 24m

  1. Take the train from Richmond to Reno California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Reno NV to Mammoth Lakes CA Northwest

$84 - $171

Drive  •  5h 30m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes 259.9 miles

$25 - $40

Fly San Francisco to Reno, bus  •  6h 58m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Reno (RNO) SFO - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot

$123 - $265

Fly Oakland to Reno, bus  •  7h 5m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Reno (RNO) OAK - RNO
  2. Take the bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot

$166 - $456

Fly San Francisco to Fresno, bus  •  11h 32m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Fresno (FAT) SFO - FAT
  2. Take the bus from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
  3. Take the bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride

$146 - $347

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 5h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes is to drive which takes 5h 30m and costs $25 - $40.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot via Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 35m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes is 190 miles. The road distance is 259.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes without a car is to Burner Express Bus and bus which takes 8h 35m and costs $130 - $160.

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It takes approximately 8h 35m to get from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes bus services, operated by , depart from San Francisco station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Reno Airport is the direct flight which takes 57 min.

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San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes bus services, operated by Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, arrive at Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes is 260 miles. It takes approximately 5h 30m to drive from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes.

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  • Distance: 190 miles
  • Duration: 8h 35m

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes via Reno Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport in around 8h 35m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $360
Flights from San Francisco to Fresno
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $320
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Reno
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $290
Train operators
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 to Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Richmond to Reno
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
Bus operators
Burner Express Bus
Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$108
Schedules at
burningman.org
Book at
burnerexpress.burningman.org
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority
Phone
+1 760-872-1901
Email
info@estransit.com
Website
estransit.com
Bus from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority
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 Merced
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $60
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation
Phone
+1 877-989-2787
Website
yarts.com
Bus from Merced Transpo to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Merced Amtrak to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Summer schedules at
Yarts
PDX
Website
rnopdx.com
Bus from Reno NV to Mammoth Lakes CA
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
rnopdx.com
60 Days in Advance
$49
Regular
$105 - $110

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Reno Airport.

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There are 688+ hotels available in Mammoth Lakes. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 26 min and costs $8 - $10.

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