There are 12 ways to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco by bus, plane, subway, train, tram, 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.

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Francisco  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) LAX - SFO

$80 - $262

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Night bus Greyhound USA  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6862 / ...

$42 - $102

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland, BART  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OAK) LAX - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$59 - $214

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, Caltrain  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$85 - $266

Tram, bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
  2. Take the bus from Pico Blvd and Flower St to Pomona Transit Center
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK
  4. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$110 - $570

Tram, tram to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
  2. Take the tram from Pico Station to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
  3. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK
  4. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$59 - $285

Tram to Burbank, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station

$114 - $442

Tram to Burbank, fly to San Francisco  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO) BUR - SFO

$80 - $470

Bus  •  9 h 44 min

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

$73 - $76

Train  •  14 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$76 - $208

Night bus Cabin  •  8 h

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco

$80 - $120

Drive  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Francisco 382.6 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco is to bus and fly which costs $80 - $270 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Santa Monica and arriving at San Francisco. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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The distance between Santa Monica and San Francisco is 342 miles. The road distance is 382.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 44 min and costs $72 - $76.

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco is to bus which takes 9 h 44 min and costs $72 - $76. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $210 and takes 14 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Santa Monica to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 342 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco once daily. Tickets cost $70 and the journey takes 7 h 20 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Monica to San Francisco once daily. Tickets cost $70 - $200 and the journey takes 11 h 14 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 14 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
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pico Blvd and Flower St to Pomona Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from Santa Monica to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com
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
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to San Francisco is 383 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to drive from Santa Monica to San Francisco.

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

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There are 628+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $116 USD per night.

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