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

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Fly San Francisco to Portland, train  •  6h 11m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Portland (PDX) SFO - PDX
  2. Take the train from Portland to Salem

$85 - $228

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Bus  •  16h 5m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Sacramento "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento to Salem "Greyhound"

$76 - $108

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Fly Oakland to Portland, train  •  6h 13m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Portland (PDX) OAK - PDX
  2. Take the train from Portland to Salem

$108 - $319

BART to San Jose, fly to Portland, train  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the BART from Powell Street to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Portland (PDX) SJC - PDX
  3. Take the train from Portland to Salem

$112 - $320

Fly San Francisco to Eugene, train, bus  •  6h 35m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Eugene (EUG) SFO - EUG
  2. Take the train from Eugene to Albany Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Albany Amtrak Station to Salem Amtrak Station Bus Platform

$169 - $363

Train  •  17h 42m

  1. Take the train from Oakland to Salem Coast Starlight

$78 - $114

Drive  •  10h 1m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Salem 594.3 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 10h 1m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to fly and train which takes 6h 11m and costs $85 - $230.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Salem. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Salem via Sacramento. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Salem. However, there are services departing from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arriving at Salem via Oakland. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 42m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Salem is 499 miles. The road distance is 594.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Salem without a car is to bus which takes 16h 5m and costs $75 - $110.

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It takes approximately 6h 11m to get from San Francisco to Salem, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Salem bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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San Francisco to Salem train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Oakland station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to bus which takes 16h 5m and costs $75 - $110. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $120 and takes 17h 42m.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Salem.
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  • Distance: 499.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 11m

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Salem via Sacramento in around 16h 5m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Oakland to Salem once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $110 and the journey takes 16h 13m.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Oakland to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $320
Flights from San Jose to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $320
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $290
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $270
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from San Francisco to Eugene
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
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 Portland to Salem
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $50
Train from Eugene to Albany Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Oakland to Salem
Ave. Duration
16h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $220
Business Seat
$150 - $220
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell Street to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Oregon Point
Phone
+1 888-846-4183
Website
oregon-point.com
Bus from Albany Amtrak Station to Salem Amtrak Station Bus Platform
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
oregon-point.com
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 to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50
Bus from Sacramento to Salem
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $85
Flexible
$90 - $140

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Portland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 42m.

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San Francisco to Salem bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Salem station.

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San Francisco to Salem train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Salem station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Salem is 594 miles. It takes approximately 10h 1m to drive from San Francisco to Salem.

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United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Portland Airport.

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There are 86+ hotels available in Salem. 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 26 min and costs $8 - $10.

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