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There are 11 ways to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney by train, night bus, car, bus, shuttle or plane

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

Train, night bus, drive  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Fresno Santa Fe Passenger Depot
  2. Take the night bus from Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  3. Drive from Visalia, Ca to Mount Whitney

$80 - $169

Cheapest option

Train, drive  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak Station San Joaquins
  2. Drive from Visalia Amtrak Station to Mount Whitney

$69 - $155

9 alternative options

Bus, shuttle, drive  •  15 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Visalia Transit Center to Giant Forest Museum
  3. Drive from Giant Forest Museum to Mount Whitney

$72 - $125

Burner Express Bus, bus  •  12 h 32 min

  1. Take the Burner Express Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
  2. Take the bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
  3. Take the bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$176 - $224

Drive  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Mount Whitney 466.9 miles

$45 - $70

Fly San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes, bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) SFO - MMH
  2. Take the bus from Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
  3. Take the bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$204 - $525

Fly San Francisco to Fresno, night bus, shuttle, drive  •  12 h 13 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Fresno (FAT) SFO - FAT
  2. Take the night bus from Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Visalia Transit Center to Foothills Visitor Center
  4. Drive from Foothills Visitor Center to Mount Whitney

$240 - $748

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train, bus  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  2. Take the train from Downtown Burbank station to Lancaster station
  3. Take the bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$169 - $528

Fly Oakland to Merced, bus, shuttle, drive  •  13 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Merced (MCE) OAK - MCE
  2. Take the bus from Merced, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Visalia Transit Center to Foothills Visitor Center
  4. Drive from Foothills Visitor Center to Mount Whitney

$87 - $149

Fly San Francisco to Bakersfield, bus  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St.
  3. Take the bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$295 - $546

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, train, bus  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the train from Downtown Burbank station to Lancaster station
  4. Take the bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$130 - $413

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $550 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Mount Whitney is 243 miles. The road distance is 466.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney without a car is to Burner Express Bus and bus which takes 12 h 32 min and costs $170 - $230.

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It takes approximately 11 h 27 min to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Mount Whitney is 467 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 16 min to drive from San Francisco to Mount Whitney.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport.

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There are 11+ hotels available in Mount Whitney. 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 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Mount Whitney.
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  • Distance: 243.2 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 27 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Mount Whitney via Reno Airport, Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street, and Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street in around 12 h 32 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Fresno
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Oakland to Merced
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $40
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Amtrak to Fresno Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $270
Train from Richmond Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$210 - $290
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Downtown Burbank station to Lancaster station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Bus from Hayward, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from Merced, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$28 - $40
Sequoia Shuttle
Phone
877-287-4453
Website
sequoiashuttle.com
Shuttle from Visalia Transit Center to Giant Forest Museum
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
sequoiashuttle.com
Shuttle from Visalia Transit Center to Foothills Visitor Center
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
sequoiashuttle.com
Burner Express Bus
Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$108
Schedules at
burningman.org
Book at
burnerexpress.burningman.org
ESTA
Phone
+1 760-872-1901
Email
info@estransit.com
Website
estransit.com
Bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Schedules at
estransit.com
Kern Transit
Website
kerntransit.org
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St.
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
kerntransit.org
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 Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Mojave Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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