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

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Fly San Francisco to Rapid City  •  5h 19m

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

$248 - $529

Cheapest option

Fly San Francisco to Chadron, drive  •  8h 37m

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

$113 - $449

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Fly Oakland to Rapid City  •  6h 49m

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

$555 - $4,406

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Rapid City  •  8h 23m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Rapid City (RAP) SJC - RAP

$266 - $911

Bus  •  44h 20m

  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 Greyhound Bus Center to Buffalo Amtrak Bus Stop
  4. Take the bus from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD 702

$304 - $424

Train, bus  •  2 days 0h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Denver Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Denver Union Station to Buffalo Amtrak Bus Stop
  3. Take the bus from Buffalo, WY to Rapid City, SD 702

Drive  •  22h 31m

  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 22h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is to fly which costs $240 - $550 and takes 5h 19m.

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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 bus which takes 44h 20m and costs $300 - $430.

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It takes approximately 5h 19m 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 19m and costs $240 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $300 - $430 and takes 44h 20m.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Rapid City Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 6m.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Mount Rushmore is 1466 miles. It takes approximately 22h 31m to drive from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore.

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

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

United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore via Reno, Nv, Denver, Co, Denver Greyhound Bus Center, Buffalo Amtrak Bus Stop, Buffalo, WY, and Rapid City, SD in around 44h 20m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Los Angeles, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Indio/Palm Springs, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Las Vegas, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Monterey, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Medford, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Santa Ana, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Kansas City, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Aspen, Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 38m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Rapid City, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Missoula, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Kalispell, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Santa Barbara, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Rapid City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,400
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Rapid City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,400
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Oakland to Rapid City via Phoenix esa Gateway
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chadron via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Amtrak to Denver Union Station
Ave. Duration
32h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Premium
$380 - $550
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Seat
$290 - $410
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 San Francisco, Ca to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75
Bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $150
Flexible
$150 - $230
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver Greyhound Bus Center to Buffalo Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Denver Union Station to Buffalo Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Express Arrow
Phone
877-779-2999
Website
expressarrow.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Buffalo, WY
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $100
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
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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There are 91+ hotels available in Mount Rushmore. 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 29 min and costs $3 - $5.

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