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There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to Salem by plane, bus, train 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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Fly San Francisco to Portland, bus  •  5 h 34 min

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

$83 - $250

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Bus  •  15 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 8320 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Salem, Or 1420 / ...

$70 - $174

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Fly Oakland to Portland, bus  •  5 h 40 min

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

$97 - $343

Fly San Francisco to Eugene, train  •  5 h 20 min

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

$197 - $448

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Portland, bus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Portland (PDX) SJC - PDX
  3. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Salem, Or

$88 - $308

Train to Santa Rosa, fly to Portland, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport
  2. Fly from Santa Rosa (STS) to Portland (PDX) STS - PDX
  3. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Salem, Or

$162 - $522

Train  •  17 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Salem Amtrak Station Coast Starlight

$98 - $274

Drive  •  10 h 3 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Salem 594.5 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 10 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to fly and train which costs $190 - $450 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Salem. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Salem, Or via Sacramento, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 5 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Salem is 499 miles. The road distance is 594.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Salem without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 5 min and costs $70 - $180.

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It takes approximately 5 h 34 min 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, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to bus which takes 15 h 5 min and costs $70 - $180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $95 - $280 and takes 17 h 42 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Portland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 43 min.

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

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Salem.
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  • Distance: 499.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 34 min

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, Ca in around 15 h 5 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Francisco to Salem once daily. Tickets cost $95 - $270 and the journey takes 16 h 13 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $460
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $460
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from Oakland to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
Flights from Santa Rosa to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Flights from Santa Rosa to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Eugene
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $650
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 Eugene Amtrak Station to Salem Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Salem Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
16 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Flexi Coach Seat
$170 - $250
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $270
Room
$390 - $550
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
SMART
Phone
+1 707-794-3330
Train from San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
sonomamarintrain.org
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
Bus from Portland, Or to Salem, Or
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $25
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Salem, Or
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140
Oregon Point
Phone
+1 888-846-4183
Website
oregon-point.com
Bus from Portland Amtrak Station to Salem Amtrak Station Bus Platform
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
oregon-point.com
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Portland, OR to Salem, OR
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
amtrak.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Salem is 595 miles. It takes approximately 10 h 3 min to drive from San Francisco to Salem.

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

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Book your San Francisco to Salem bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 30+ hotels available in Salem. Prices start at $63 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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