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There are 5 ways to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from San Francisco  •  7 h 57 min

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

$331 - $1,203

Cheapest option

Bus  •  44 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Reno, Nv
  2. Take the bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
  3. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Buffalo, WY
  4. Take the bus from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD 702

$307 - $578

3 alternative options

Fly from Oakland  •  7 h 41 min

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

$415 - $1,406

Train, bus  •  40 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Salt Lake City Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Salt Lake City, Ut to Cheyenne, Wy
  3. Take the bus from Cheyenne, WY to Buffalo, WY
  4. Take the bus from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD 702

$319 - $690

Drive  •  22 h 36 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore 1465.9 miles

$140 - $210

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to drive which costs $140 - $210 and takes 22 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to fly which costs $410 - $1,500 and takes 7 h 41 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Mount Rushmore is 1080 miles. The road distance is 1465.9 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 40 h 3 min and costs $310 - $700.

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It takes approximately 7 h 57 min 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 7 h 57 min and costs $330 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $300 - $600 and takes 44 h 20 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Francisco Airport to Rapid City Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is 1466 miles. It takes approximately 22 h 36 min to drive from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore.

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

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There are 53+ hotels available in Mount Rushmore. Prices start at $71 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: 7 h 57 min

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore via Reno, Nv, Denver, Co, Denver, CO, Buffalo, WY, and Rapid City, SD in around 44 h 20 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Medford, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Montrose, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via San Diego, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Los Angeles, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Redmond, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Indio/Palm Springs, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Salt Lake City, Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Las Vegas, Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Salt Lake City, Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
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 Amtrak to Salt Lake City Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
16 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Room
$440 - $650
Bus operators
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 Salt Lake City, Ut to Cheyenne, Wy
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $75
Flexible
$85 - $120
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $45
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
Express Arrow
Phone
877-779-2999
Website
expressarrow.com
Bus from Cheyenne, WY to Buffalo, WY
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
expressarrow.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Buffalo, WY
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
expressarrow.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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