There are 11 ways to get from San Francisco to Riverside by subway, plane, train, bus, tram 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

BART to Oakland, fly to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the BART from Powell St. to Coliseum
  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

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  11 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, CA to Burbank via Oakland
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$43 - $69

9 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  5 h 26 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

Fly Oakland to Santa Ana, train  •  6 h 9 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

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

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Ontario/San Bernardino, train  •  6 h 12 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 - $394

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, line 191 bus, tram, train  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Long Beach (LGB) SFO - LGB
  2. Take the line 191 bus from Del Amo & Lakewood Nw to Del Amo Station Bay 2
  3. Take the tram from Del Amo Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  4. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station

$74 - $270

Bus  •  11 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA Northern CA-Southern CA
  2. Take the bus from Aliso St and Los Angeles St E to Montclair Transit Center Silver Streak / ...

$74 - $84

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  12 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 6839 / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Bakersfield, CA to Riverside, CA 5402 / ...

Caltrain, train  •  15 h 59 min

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

$85 - $208

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Riverside 435 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Riverside is to bus and train which costs $40 - $70 and takes 11 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Riverside is to BART and fly and train which takes 5 h 22 min and costs $110 - $600.

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The distance between San Francisco and Riverside is 621 km. The road distance is 696 km.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 5 h 22 min to get from San Francisco to Riverside, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Riverside. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Magnolia + Beatty via Chinatown Gold Line Station, Aliso St and Los Angeles St E, Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter and West University + Lemon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 41 min.

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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 Gold Line Station, Los Angeles & Aliso, Aliso St and Los Angeles St E, Montclair Transit Center, Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter, East University + Lemon, and West University + Lemon in around 11 h 41 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Riverside via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, L. A. Union Station station, Riverside-Downtown station, and Vine St Layover in around 15 h 59 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell St. to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
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
Every 4 hours
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
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Metro Los Angeles
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
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
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from Del Amo & Lakewood Nw to Del Amo Station Bay 2
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.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
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Aliso St and Los Angeles St E to Montclair Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80

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