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

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Fly San Francisco to Seattle  •  4h 10m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Seattle (SEA) SFO - SEA

$98 - $262

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Bus  •  21h 15m

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

$90 - $224

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Fly Oakland to Seattle  •  4h 15m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Seattle (SEA) OAK - SEA

$102 - $275

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Seattle  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Seattle (SEA) SJC - SEA

$98 - $260

Train to Santa Rosa, fly to Seattle  •  6h 31m

  1. Take the train from San Rafael to Sonoma County Airport
  2. Fly from Santa Rosa (STS) to Seattle (SEA) STS - SEA

$137 - $414

Fly San Francisco to Everett, line 512 bus  •  6h 5m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Everett (PAE) SFO - PAE
  2. Take the line 512 bus from Ash Way Park & Ride Bay 2 to Stewart St & 9th Ave

$112 - $482

Train  •  23h 46m

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Seattle King Street Station Coast Starlight

$123 - $354

Drive  •  13h 54m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Seattle 814 miles

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Seattle is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Seattle is to fly which costs $95 - $270 and takes 4h 10m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Seattle. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Seattle, Wa via Sacramento, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21h 15m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Seattle is 683 miles. The road distance is 814 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Seattle without a car is to bus which takes 21h 15m and costs $90 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4h 10m to get from San Francisco to Seattle, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Seattle 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 Seattle is to fly which takes 4h 10m and costs $95 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $90 - $230 and takes 21h 15m, you could also train, which costs $120 - $360 and takes 23h 46m.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Seattle Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 9m.

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

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Seattle.
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  • Distance: 683.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 10m

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

Delta, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from San Francisco to Seattle hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Seattle via Sacramento, Ca in around 21h 15m.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Oakland to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Oakland to Seattle via Portland
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from San Jose to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from San Jose to Seattle via Portland
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Santa Rosa to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Santa Rosa to Seattle via Portland
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Everett
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
Flights from San Francisco to Everett via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from San Jose to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Seattle
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Everett
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
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
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
sonomamarintrain.org
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 Seattle King Street Station
Ave. Duration
22h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
Bus operators
Sound Transit
Phone
+1 206-398-5000
Website
soundtransit.org
Bus from Ash Way Park & Ride Bay 2 to Stewart St & 9th Ave
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
soundtransit.org
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, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Seattle, Wa
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Seattle is 814 miles. It takes approximately 13h 54m to drive from San Francisco to Seattle.

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

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

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There are 674+ hotels available in Seattle. Prices start at $94 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28m and costs $6 - $9.

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