There are 13 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 52 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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Bus Megabus  •  10 h 44 min

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

$32 - $52

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

  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 to Powell St.

$59 - $214

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, Caltrain  •  5 h 20 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

$84 - $266

Tram to Burbank, fly to San Francisco  •  5 h 15 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

Tram to Burbank, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 23 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 to Powell St.

$114 - $442

Tram, line 191 bus to Long Beach, fly to Oakland, BART  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
  2. Take the tram from Pico Station to Del Amo Station
  3. Take the line 191 bus from Del Amo Station Bay 1 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
  4. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Oakland (OAK) LGB - OAK
  5. Take the BART from Coliseum to Powell St.

$61 - $287

Tram, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  6 h

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK

$133 - $612

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  9 h 42 min

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

$72

Train, Caltrain  •  13 h 39 min

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

$76 - $194

Night bus Cabin  •  8 h

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

$115

Night bus Greyhound USA  •  9 h 12 min

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

$45 - $109

Drive  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Francisco 382.6 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco is to bus which costs $30 - $55 and takes 10 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco is to bus and fly which takes 3 h 52 min and costs $80 - $270.

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The distance between Santa Monica and San Francisco is 547 km. The road distance is 612 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 52 min to get from Santa Monica to San Francisco, including transfers.

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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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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, you can take a train from Santa Monica to San Francisco via Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak, and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 13 h 39 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.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 Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Powell St.
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Del Amo Station
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 1 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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
11 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
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from Del Amo Station Bay 1 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com
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
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.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
$115
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.

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 Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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