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There are 7 ways to get from Seattle to San Francisco by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) SEA - SFO

$99 - $262

Cheapest option

Bus  •  21 h

  1. Take the bus from Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca 1431 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 8309 / ...

$90 - $219

5 alternative options

Fly to Oakland  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Oakland (OAK) SEA - OAK

$103 - $274

Fly to San Jose, BART  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) SEA - SJC
  2. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station

$139 - $297

Fly to Santa Rosa, train  •  6 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Santa Rosa (STS) SEA - STS
  2. Take the train from Sonoma County Airport to San Rafael

$138 - $413

Train  •  23 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Seattle King Street Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$125 - $354

Drive  •  13 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to San Francisco 814.1 miles

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Seattle to San Francisco is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 13 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Seattle to San Francisco is to fly which costs $95 - $270 and takes 4 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Seattle to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Seattle, Wa and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Sacramento, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h.

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The distance between Seattle and San Francisco is 683 miles. The road distance is 814.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Seattle to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 21 h and costs $85 - $220.

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It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to get from Seattle to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Seattle to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Seattle, Wa station.

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The best way to get from Seattle to San Francisco is to fly which takes 4 h 12 min and costs $95 - $270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $220 and takes 21 h, you could also train, which costs $120 - $360 and takes 23 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Seattle Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 7 min.

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Seattle 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 Seattle to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 683.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 12 min

What companies run services between Seattle, WA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Delta fly from Seattle to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Seattle to San Francisco via Sacramento, Ca in around 21 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Seattle to Santa Rosa
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Seattle to Santa Rosa via Portland
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Seattle to Santa Rosa via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Seattle to Santa Rosa via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
SMART
Phone
+1 707-794-3330
Train from Sonoma County Airport to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
sonomamarintrain.org
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 Seattle King Street Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
22 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
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 Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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Yes, the driving distance between Seattle to San Francisco is 814 miles. It takes approximately 13 h 53 min to drive from Seattle to San Francisco.

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Delta, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from Seattle Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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Book your Seattle to San Francisco bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 613+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Seattle Airport is to tram which takes 31 min and costs $2 - $4.

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