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There are 11 ways to get from Tijuana to San Francisco by tram, plane, subway, bus, train or car

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Tram to San Diego, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the tram from San Ysidro/Intl Border to America Plaza Station
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO

$80 - $324

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Bus via Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St  •  16 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana Centro to Santa Rosa 417 Santa Rosa / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St to Hyde St & Grove St 101 / ...

$11 - $16

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Tram to San Diego, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the tram from San Ysidro/Intl Border to America Plaza Station
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK

$94 - $366

Tram to San Diego, fly to San Jose, BART  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the tram from San Ysidro/Intl Border to America Plaza Station
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  3. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 16th St. Mission BART Station

$130 - $390

Bus to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana Centro to Santa Ana
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK

$107 - $615

Bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Oakland  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Fontana
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Oakland (OAK) ONT - OAK

$129 - $593

Bus Flixbus USA  •  12 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to San Francisco FlixBus

$22 - $36

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  15 h 20 min

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

$94 - $133

Train, Caltrain via San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station  •  18 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
  2. Take the train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$106 - $274

Train, Caltrain  •  19 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$116 - $317

Drive  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Tijuana to San Francisco 523.8 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Tijuana to San Francisco is to bus which costs $220 - $310 and takes 16 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Tijuana to San Francisco is to tram and fly which costs $1500 - $6500 and takes 4 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Tijuana to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Tijuana Centro and arriving at Hyde St & Grove St via Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 50 min.

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The distance between Tijuana and San Francisco is 765 km. The road distance is 838.1 km.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 1 min and costs $430 - $700.

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It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from Tijuana to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Tijuana to San Francisco bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, depart from Tijuana Centro station.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to San Francisco is to bus which takes 12 h 1 min and costs $430 - $700. Alternatively, you can train and Caltrain, which costs $2000 - $5500 and takes 18 h 7 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Tijuana to San Francisco bus services, operated by Golden Gate Transit, arrive at Hyde St & Grove St station.

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Map of how to get from Tijuana to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 478.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

What companies run services between Tijuana, Mexico and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Flixbus USA operates a bus from Tijuana to San Francisco 5 times a week. Tickets cost $17 - $30 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Tijuana to San Francisco via San Ysidro, San Ysidro/Intl Border, America Plaza Station, San Diego Santa Fe Depot, San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station, San Jose Diridon Station, and San Jose Diridon Caltrain in around 18 h 7 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Train operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from San Ysidro/Intl Border to America Plaza Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
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
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 Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $360
Train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
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
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Tijuana Centro to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Tijuana Centro to Santa Rosa
Ave. Duration
14 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Tijuana to Fontana
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
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Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $30
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St to Hyde St & Grove St
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org

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Yes, the driving distance between Tijuana to San Francisco is 838 km. It takes approximately 8 h 45 min to drive from Tijuana to San Francisco.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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