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

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

Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles  •  3 h 39 min

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

$74 - $254

Cheapest option

Bus Boltbus  •  11 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Oakland-LA

$32 - $49

8 alternative options

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly to Burbank  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$73 - $463

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  4 h 46 min

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

$68 - $316

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, tram  •  5 h 4 min

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

$59 - $252

BART, BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the BART from Millbrae to West Oakland
  2. Take the BART from West Oakland to Coliseum
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$118 - $451

Bus Megabus  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Los Angeles via Oakland / ...

$34 - $56

Caltrain, train  •  12 h 41 min

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

$71 - $188

Caltrain, night bus  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Limited / ...
  2. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6743 / ...

$41 - $98

Drive  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Drive from San Mateo to Los Angeles 371.5 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles is to bus which costs $30 - $50 and takes 11 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles is to fly which costs $70 - $260 and takes 3 h 39 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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It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to get from San Mateo to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Mateo to Los Angeles. However, there are services departing from S Delaware St & 2nd Ave and arriving at Los Angeles via San Francisco. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 40 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 Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 41 min.

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and three other airlines fly from San Mateo to Los Angeles every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from San Mateo to Los Angeles every 3 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h 10 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 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 Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
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 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 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 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Metro Los Angeles
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae to West Oakland
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from West Oakland to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak 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
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
boltbus.com
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90

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