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Shuttle to Bellingham, fly to Oakland  •  5h 32m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Hotels to Bellingham Airport, WA
  2. Fly from Bellingham (BLI) to Oakland (OAK) BLI - OAK

$151 - $501

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Fly Vancouver to San Francisco  •  5h 35m

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to San Francisco (SFO) YVR - SFO

$140 - $385

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Fly Vancouver to Oakland  •  7h 6m

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Oakland (OAK) YVR - OAK

$162 - $207

Fly Vancouver to San Jose, BART  •  7h 15m

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to San Jose (SJC) YVR - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station

$152 - $468

Bus  •  25h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver to Seattle
  2. Take the bus from Seattle WA to Portland OR
  3. Take the bus from Portland to Sacramento
  4. Take the bus from Sacramento to San Francisco

Bus, train  •  28h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver to Seattle Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Seattle to Oakland Coast Starlight

Drive  •  16h 33m

  1. Drive from Vancouver to San Francisco 954.9 miles

$120 - $190

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The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to San Francisco is to drive which costs $150 - $230 and takes 16h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to San Francisco is to shuttle and fly which costs $190 - $650 and takes 5h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vancouver to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Vancouver and arriving at San Francisco via 4th Ave S & S Jackson St, Seattle WA, Portland and Sacramento. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 21m.

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The distance between Vancouver and San Francisco is 801 miles. The road distance is 954.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 25h 21m and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 32m to get from Vancouver to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Vancouver to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Vancouver station.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to San Francisco is to fly which takes 5h 35m and costs $170 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 25h 21m.

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The quickest flight from Bellingham Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 4m.

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Vancouver to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 800.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 32m

What companies run services between Vancouver, Canada and San Francisco, CA, USA?

WestJet, United Airlines and four other airlines fly from Vancouver to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vancouver to San Francisco via Seattle, 4th Ave S & S Jackson St, Pike St & Convention Pl, Seattle WA, Portland OR, Portland, and Sacramento in around 25h 21m.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Bellingham to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $350
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco via Portland
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $350
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $310
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Portland
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $310
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Seattle, Portland
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $310
Flights from Vancouver to San Jose via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $430
Flights from Vancouver to San Jose via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Flights from Vancouver to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $360
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Vancouver to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Flights from Vancouver to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $430
Flights from Vancouver to San Jose via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $370
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Bellingham to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
22h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Premium
$310 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $280
Business Seat
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Quick Shuttle
Website
quickcoach.com
Shuttle from Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Hotels to Bellingham Airport, WA
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
quickcoach.com
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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
Bus from Vancouver to Seattle
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
amtrak.com
PDX
Website
rnopdx.com
Bus from Seattle WA to Portland OR
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
rnopdx.com
60 Days in Advance
$49
Regular
$105 - $111
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 Portland to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $90
Flexible
$95 - $140
Bus from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50

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Yes, the driving distance between Vancouver to San Francisco is 955 miles. It takes approximately 16h 33m to drive from Vancouver to San Francisco.

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Allegiant Air and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from Bellingham Airport to Oakland Airport.

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There are 435+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Bellingham Airport is to shuttle which takes 1h 40m and costs $35 - $75.

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