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There are 12 ways to get from San Francisco to Riverside by subway, 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.

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BART to Oakland, fly to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) OAK - ONT
  3. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station

$113 - $572

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Bus Flixbus USA, train  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown FlixBus
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$24 - $39

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Fly San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) SFO - ONT
  2. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station

$109 - $489

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) SJC - ONT
  3. Take the train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station

$109 - $397

Fly San Francisco to Santa Ana, train  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Ana (SNA) SFO - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station

$106 - $304

Fly Oakland to Santa Ana, train  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Ana (SNA) OAK - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station

$115 - $627

BART to Oakland, fly to Long Beach, bus, line 1 bus  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) OAK - LGB
  3. Take the bus from Norwalk-Woodson to Tustin-East Village Way
  4. Take the bus from Village of Orange Zone 5 to Galleria @ Tyler
  5. Take the line 1 bus from Galleria at Tyler EB to Magnolia + Madison

$61 - $296

Bus  •  9 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA Northern CA-Southern CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA

$79 - $89

Bus Megabus, train  •  11 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$45 - $66

Train  •  15 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Riverside Amtrak Southwest Chief

$98 - $254

Caltrain, train  •  16 h 33 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station

$86 - $209

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Riverside 435 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Riverside is to bus and train which costs $24 - $40 and takes 9 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Riverside is to BART and fly and train which costs $110 - $600 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Riverside is 388 miles. The road distance is 435 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Riverside without a car is to bus and train which takes 9 h 27 min and costs $24 - $40.

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It takes approximately 5 h 15 min to get from San Francisco to Riverside, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Riverside is to bus which takes 9 h 52 min and costs $75 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $95 - $260 and takes 15 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Riverside is 435 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to drive from San Francisco to Riverside.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Oakland Airport to Ontario/San Bernardino Airport.

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There are 112+ hotels available in Riverside. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Riverside.
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  • Distance: 387.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 15 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Riverside via Los Angeles, CA, Chinatown Station, Union Station - Metro Gold Line, and Los Angeles, CA in around 9 h 52 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Riverside via Lake Merritt BART Station, Oakland Jack London Square Station, and Los Angeles Union Station in around 15 h 55 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Downtown Pomona station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
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
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
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 Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Norwalk-Woodson to Tustin-East Village Way
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Village of Orange Zone 5 to Galleria @ Tyler
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Galleria at Tyler EB to Magnolia + Madison
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $17
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Book at
megabus.com

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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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