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There are 10 ways to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles by plane, tram, train, subway, bus or car

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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) SFO - LAX

$73 - $250

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  10 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose to LA Downtown FlixBus

$16 - $31

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Fly San Francisco to Burbank  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$72 - $459

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, tram  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Long Beach (LGB) SFO - LGB
  2. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines

$56 - $246

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR

$69 - $320

Caltrain, tram, BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
  2. Take the tram from King St & 4th St to Metro Embarcadero Station
  3. Take the BART from Embarcadero BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  4. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$119 - $448

Caltrain, bus  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

$37 - $54

Bus Boltbus  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles Oakland-LA

$31 - $48

Caltrain, train  •  12 h 56 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$72 - $189

Drive  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Drive from San Mateo to Los Angeles 371.5 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles is to bus which costs $16 - $35 and takes 10 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles is to fly which costs $70 - $250 and takes 3 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Mateo to Los Angeles. However, there are services departing from El Camino Real & 4th Ave and arriving at LA Downtown via Palo Alto Caltrain Station and San Jose. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Mateo to Los Angeles station. However, there are services departing from San Mateo Caltrain and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 56 min.

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The distance between San Mateo and Los Angeles is 335 miles. The road distance is 371.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 8 h 48 min and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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San Mateo to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Jose station.

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San Mateo to Los Angeles train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Mateo Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles is to fly which takes 3 h 18 min and costs $70 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $16 - $35 and takes 10 h 16 min, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs $70 - $190 and takes 12 h 56 min.

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Map of how to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 335.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 18 min

What companies run services between San Mateo, CA, USA and Los Angeles, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and three other airlines fly from San Mateo to Los Angeles every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Mateo to Los Angeles every 4 hours. Tickets cost $12 - $23 and the journey takes 6 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Website
sfmta.com
Tram from King St & 4th St to Metro Embarcadero Station
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Embarcadero BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
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 San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
boltbus.com

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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San Mateo to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at LA Downtown station.

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San Mateo to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Mateo to Los Angeles is 371 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to drive from San Mateo to Los Angeles.

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Delta, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2567+ hotels available in Los Angeles. Prices start at $108 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Mateo to San Francisco Airport is to line 292 bus which takes 12 min and costs $1 - $3.

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