Los Angeles to San Francisco Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $24
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 15min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 38 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 347 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Alaska Airlines, Boutique Air, Hawaiian Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United, Virgin America, Multiple Airlines, BoltBus, Megabus
Bus
$24 · 6h 49min · 43 lb of CO2
Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Train
$80 · 7h 52min · 86 lb of CO2
LAX to OKJ
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Flight
$39 · 1h 15min · 113 lb of CO2
LAX to SFO
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Los Angeles to San Francisco Flights

There are 2 airports — LAX, BUR — that make sense to fly out of from Los Angeles and 2 airports — SFO, OAK — to access San Francisco. The best deals are usually found by flying out of LAX.

United, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, jetBlue, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, Boutique Air operate flights which can help you travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The cheapest way by air is via Spirit Airlines and flies from Los Angeles Intl (LAX) to Metropolitan Oakland Intl (OAK). Alaska Airlines flies from Los Angeles Intl (LAX) to Metropolitan Oakland Intl (OAK) and is the quickest flight to get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to San Francisco from Los Angeles, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$47 · 6h 7min · 70 lb of CO2
Los Angeles to San Francisco

Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco

It's 348 miles between Los Angeles to San Francisco. On a typical day, it might take between 6h 7min and 6h 25min from Los Angeles to San Francisco under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 6h 43min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to San Francisco by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $46.

What is the best way to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The are 13 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Los Angeles towards San Francisco, as it is the cheapest to San Francisco. It's common to find tickets for as low as $24. Greyhound operates from Los Angeles to San Francisco, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

On your trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from Los Angeles to San Francisco CA?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to San Francisco is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Los Angeles/San Francisco buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Los Angeles is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Los Angeles CA and San Francisco during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Los Angeles to San Francisco? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of San Francisco traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to San Francisco is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco is by bus. The bus costs $24 roughly and will take 7 hours 45 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Amtrak costs about $80 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In total, the train will take roughly 7 hours 52 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at LAX Los Angeles Union Station, which is 1 miles from Los Angeles. Further, once you arrive at OKJ Oakland Jack London Square Station or you will still have 9 miles to San Francisco.

How long does it take from Los Angeles to San Francisco by car?

The total distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 348 miles and will take you about 6 hours 7 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $47.

Travel companies on this route

Bus
Greyhound Greyhound from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
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Train
Amtrak Amtrak from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Useful Links Map Coverage Schedule Pet Policy Website
Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
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Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Boutique Air Boutique Air from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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jetBlue jetBlue from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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United United from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Virgin America Virgin America from Los Angeles to San Francisco
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BoltBus
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Megabus Megabus from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Useful Links Reservations Map Baggage Coverage Website
Customer Service877-462-6342
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