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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore by plane, subway, car, train or bus

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Recommended option

Fly San Francisco to Rapid City  •  5h 5m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Rapid City (RAP) SFO - RAP

$223 - $275

Cheapest option

Fly San Francisco to Chadron, drive  •  9h 10m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chadron (CDR) SFO - CDR
  2. Drive from Chadron to Mount Rushmore

$58 - $345

5 alternative options

Fly Oakland to Rapid City  •  7h 3m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Rapid City (RAP) OAK - RAP

$286 - $906

BART to San Jose, fly to Rapid City  •  8h 21m

  1. Take the BART from Powell Street to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Rapid City (RAP) SJC - RAP

$265 - $857

Train, bus  •  2 days 9h

  1. Take the train from Richmond to Denver
  2. Take the bus from Denver to Cheyenne, WY
  3. Take the bus from Cheyenne, WY to Billings, MT
  4. Take the bus from Billings, MT to Rapid City, SD 702

$359 - $561

Bus  •  2 days 14h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Kansas City
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Sioux Falls, SD 502
  4. Take the bus from Sioux Falls, SD to Rapid City, SD 701

$352 - $529

Drive  •  22h 30m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore 1464.2 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to fly and drive which costs $55 - $350 and takes 9h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to fly which costs $220 - $280 and takes 5h 5m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Mount Rushmore is 1080 miles. The road distance is 1464.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore without a car is to train and bus which takes 2 days 9h and costs $350 - $600.

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It takes approximately 5h 5m to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to fly which takes 5h 5m and costs $220 - $280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $350 - $550 and takes 2 days 14h.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Rapid City Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is 1464 miles. It takes approximately 22h 30m to drive from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore.

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Delta and United Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Rapid City Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Mount Rushmore. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore.
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  • Distance: 1080.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 5m

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Mount Rushmore, SD, USA?

United Airlines and Delta fly from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore via Los Angeles, Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, Sioux Falls, SD, and Rapid City, SD in around 2 days 14h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $300
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $300
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via San Luis Obispo County Apt, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Las Vegas, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Tucson, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Portland, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Boise, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Eugene, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Redmond, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 32m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Santa Ana, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Los Angeles, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Salt Lake City, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Reno, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Rapid City, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 7m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Indio/Palm Springs, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Los Angeles, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Seattle, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell Street to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
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 Denver
Ave. Duration
32h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Premium
$380 - $550
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Seat
$290 - $410
Bus operators
Express Arrow
Phone
877-779-2999
Website
expressarrow.com
Bus from Denver to Cheyenne, WY
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
expressarrow.com
Bus from Cheyenne, WY to Billings, MT
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Schedules at
expressarrow.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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver to Cheyenne Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Billings, MT to Rapid City, SD
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Sioux Falls, SD
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Sioux Falls, SD to Rapid City, SD
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Book at
jeffersonlines.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
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
34h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $220
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$160 - $220
Flexible
$220 - $330

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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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