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There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to Salem by plane, bus, subway, train or car

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Fly San Francisco to Portland, bus  •  5h 24m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Portland (PDX) SFO - PDX
  2. Take the bus from Pdx to Salem Amtrak/Greyhound

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Train  •  18h 9m

  1. Take the train from Oakland to Salem Coast Starlight

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Fly Oakland to Portland, bus  •  5h 22m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Portland (PDX) OAK - PDX
  2. Take the bus from Pdx to Salem Amtrak/Greyhound

BART to San Jose, fly to Portland, bus  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Portland (PDX) SJC - PDX
  3. Take the bus from Pdx to Salem Amtrak/Greyhound

Fly Oakland to Eugene, train  •  6h 22m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Eugene (EUG) OAK - EUG
  2. Take the train from Eugene to Albany Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Albany Amtrak Station to Salem

Fly San Francisco to Eugene, train  •  6h 31m

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

Bus  •  15h 50m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Sacramento
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento to Eugene
  3. Take the bus from Eugene to Salem

Drive  •  10h 1m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Salem 594.3 miles

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to train which costs $30 - $230 and takes 18h 9m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Salem is to fly and bus which takes 5h 22m and costs $210 - $460.

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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 and Eugene. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 50m.

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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 18h 9m.

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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 15h 50m and costs $55 - $220.

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It takes approximately 5h 24m to get from San Francisco to Salem, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Salem bus services, operated by Flixbus 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 15h 50m and costs $55 - $220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $230 and takes 18h 9m.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Salem.
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  • Distance: 499.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 24m

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 and Eugene in around 15h 50m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Oakland to Salem twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $220 and the journey takes 16h 40m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $410
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $280
Flights from Oakland to Eugene
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $380
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Portland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flights from San Francisco to Eugene
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Francisco to Portland
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $190
Train operators
BART
Phone
+1-510-464-6000
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
http://www.bart.gov
Amtrak
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Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Eugene to Albany Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $65
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$1 - $18
Child Coach - short notice
$8 - $20
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$11 - $40
Child Business Class - short notice
$12 - $40
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$13 - $26
Business Seat - advance purchase
$24 - $75
Business Seat - short notice
$29 - $60
Coach Seat - short notice
$7 - $65
Train from Albany Amtrak Station to Salem
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $60
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$1 - $16
Child Coach - short notice
$7 - $19
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$10 - $35
Child Business Class - short notice
$11 - $40
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$9 - $24
Business Seat - advance purchase
$22 - $70
Business Seat - short notice
$28 - $50
Coach Seat - short notice
$5 - $60
Train from Oakland to Salem
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $220
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$28 - $90
Child Coach - short notice
$45 - $80
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$45 - $140
Child Business Class - short notice
$45 - $140
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$65 - $170
Business Seat - advance purchase
$90 - $280
Business Seat - short notice
$95 - $290
Coach Seat - short notice
$75 - $220
Bus operators
Pacific Crest Buslines Bend
Website
pacificcrestbuslines.com
Bus from Pdx to Salem Amtrak/Greyhound
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
pacificcrestbuslines.net
Flixbus USA
Phone
+1 (855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $45
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$10 - $45
Bus from Sacramento to Eugene
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $130
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$40 - $130
Bus from Eugene to Salem
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $45
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$9 - $45

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Portland Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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San Francisco to Salem bus services, operated by Flixbus 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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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Portland Airport.

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Book your San Francisco to Salem bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 54+ hotels available in Salem. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $8 - $11.

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