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There are 9 ways to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada by train, bus, shuttle, plane or night bus

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

Train, bus, travel  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Fresno Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  3. Travel from Visalia, Ca to Sierra Nevada

Cheapest option

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, train, bus  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the train from Sylmar/San Fernando station to Lancaster station
  4. Take the bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$98 - $371

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Bus, shuttle, travel  •  11 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Visalia Transit Center to Giant Forest Museum
  3. Travel from Giant Forest Museum to Sierra Nevada

Burner Express Bus, bus  •  12 h 35 min

  1. Take the Burner Express Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
  2. Take the bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
  3. Take the bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$146 - $184

Fly San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes, bus  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) SFO - MMH
  2. Take the bus from Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
  3. Take the bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$174 - $485

Fly San Francisco to Fresno, night bus, shuttle, travel  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Fresno (FAT) SFO - FAT
  2. Take the night bus from Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Visalia Transit Center to Foothills Visitor Center
  4. Travel from Foothills Visitor Center to Sierra Nevada

Fly San Francisco to Bakersfield, bus  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St.
  3. Take the bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$265 - $506

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, train, bus  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  2. Take the train from Sylmar/San Fernando station to Lancaster station
  3. Take the bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$103 - $513

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train, bus  •  10 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  2. Take the train from Sylmar/San Fernando station to Lancaster station
  3. Take the bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street

$137 - $486

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada is to Burner Express Bus and bus which costs $140 - $190 and takes 12 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada is to fly and bus which costs $170 - $490 and takes 7 h 18 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Sierra Nevada is 243 miles.

The best way to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada without a car is to train and bus and travel which takes 9 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 6 min to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport.

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There are nine+ hotels available in Sierra Nevada. 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 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada.
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  • Distance: 242.7 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 6 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Sierra Nevada, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Sierra Nevada via Reno Airport, Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street, and Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street in around 12 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Fresno
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Transit Station to Fresno Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $270
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Sylmar/San Fernando station to Lancaster station
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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
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 Fresno, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Bus from Hayward, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Sequoia Shuttle
Phone
877-287-4453
Website
sequoiashuttle.com
Shuttle from Visalia Transit Center to Giant Forest Museum
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
sequoiashuttle.com
Shuttle from Visalia Transit Center to Foothills Visitor Center
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
sequoiashuttle.com
Burner Express Bus
Bus from San Francisco to Reno Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$108
Schedules at
burningman.org
Book at
burnerexpress.burningman.org
ESTA
Phone
+1 760-872-1901
Email
info@estransit.com
Website
estransit.com
Bus from Reno/Tahoe International Airport to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Lancaster - Metrolink 44812 Sierra Hwy to Lone Pine - McDonald's 601 S. Main Street
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Schedules at
estransit.com
Kern Transit
Website
kerntransit.org
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St.
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
kerntransit.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to Mojave, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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