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

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Fly from San Francisco, line 9455 bus  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN
  2. Take the line 9455 bus from San Diego, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx

$87 - $341

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Caltrain, bus  •  17 h 19 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Tijuana (Yellow Cab)

$42 - $89

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Fly from Oakland, line 9455 bus  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN
  2. Take the line 9455 bus from San Diego, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx

$101 - $384

Caltrain to San Jose, fly, line 9455 bus  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN
  3. Take the line 9455 bus from San Diego, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx

$97 - $366

Bus  •  13 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA Northern CA-Southern CA

$91 - $103

Train  •  18 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$107 - $283

Night bus  •  11 h 59 min

  1. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6849 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx 9451 / ...

$62 - $154

Drive  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Tijuana 523.4 miles

$70 - $110

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Tijuana is to Caltrain and bus which costs $40 - $90 and takes 17 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Tijuana is to fly and line 9455 bus which costs $85 - $350 and takes 4 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Tijuana. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx via Miramar College Transit Station and San Diego, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 3 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Tijuana is 478 miles. The road distance is 523.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Tijuana without a car is to bus which takes 13 h 3 min and costs $90 - $110.

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It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to get from San Francisco to Tijuana, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Tijuana bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, depart from San Francisco, CA station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Tijuana is to bus which takes 13 h 3 min and costs $90 - $110. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 18 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 28 min.

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San Francisco to Tijuana bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, arrive at San Diego, CA station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Tijuana.
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  • Distance: 478.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 50 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Tijuana, Mexico?

Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Francisco to Tijuana once daily. Tickets cost $80 and the journey takes 10 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Tijuana via Lake Merritt BART Station, Oakland Jack London Square Station, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, San Diego Santa Fe Depot, America Plaza Station, and San Ysidro/Intl Border in around 18 h 34 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
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.

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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 Diego, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $20
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Tijuana (Yellow Cab)
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
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GotoBus
Plus
$30 - $45
Platinum
$45 - $60
Ejecutivo
$50 - $75

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Tijuana is 523 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 44 min to drive from San Francisco to Tijuana.

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

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There are 191+ hotels available in Tijuana. Prices start at $52 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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