Sacramento to San Mateo Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $1
Fastest Way Bus — 1h 19min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 8 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, flight, train and by car
Distance 84 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Flixbus, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, jetBlue, United, Multiple Airlines, Megabus, FlixBus
Bus
$1 · 1h 19min · 16 lb of CO2
Sacramento to Millbrae
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Flight
$165 · 3h 38min · 328 lb of CO2
SMF to SFO
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Sacramento to San Mateo Flights

There are 1 airports — SMF — that make sense to fly out of from Sacramento and 3 airports — SFO, OAK, SJC — to access San Mateo. The best deals are usually found by flying out of SMF.

Alaska Airlines, jetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, United operate flights which can help you travel from Sacramento to San Mateo.

The cheapest way by air is via United and flies from Sacramento Intl (SMF) to San Francisco Intl (SFO). United flies from Sacramento Intl (SMF) to San Francisco Intl (SFO) and is the quickest flight to get you from Sacramento to San Mateo.

Train
$32 · 1h 34min · 18 lb of CO2
SAC to HAY
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Drive
$11 · 1h 43min · 20 lb of CO2
Sacramento to San Mateo

Drive from Sacramento to San Mateo

It's 84 miles between Sacramento to San Mateo. On a typical day, it might take between 1h 43min and 1h 48min from Sacramento to San Mateo under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 1h 53min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to San Mateo 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 $11.

What is the best way to travel from Sacramento to San Mateo?

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Sacramento to San Mateo. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Sacramento towards San Francisco, as it is the cheapest to San Mateo. It's common to find tickets for as low as $1. Megabus operates from Sacramento to San Mateo, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Sacramento to San Mateo?

On your trip from Sacramento to San Mateo, 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 Sacramento to San Mateo CA?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Sacramento to San Mateo. 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 Mateo is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Sacramento/San Mateo buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Sacramento 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 Sacramento CA and San Mateo 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 Sacramento to San Mateo? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of San Mateo 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 Mateo 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 Sacramento to San Mateo?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Sacramento to San Mateo is by bus. The bus costs $1 roughly and will take 1 hour 30 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Sacramento to San Mateo?

Amtrak costs about $33 between Sacramento and San Mateo. In total, the train will take roughly 1 hour 38 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at SAC Sacramento Amtrak, which is 1 miles from Sacramento. Further, once you arrive at HAY Hayward Amtrak or you will still have 15 miles to San Mateo.

How long does it take from Sacramento to San Mateo by car?

The total distance between Sacramento and San Mateo is 84 miles and will take you about 1 hour 43 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $11.

Can I get from Sacramento to San Mateo without a car?

Yes, it is totally possible to go from Sacramento to San Mateo without a car.
Luckily, you can take a train or bus, both of which have daily and frequent service.  Alternatively, you can fly from Sacramento to SFO or SJC, depending on which is the cheapest and where you are going in San Mateo.

Travel companies on this route

Bus
Greyhound Greyhound from Sacramento to San Mateo
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 Sacramento to San Mateo
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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Bus
Flixbus
Flight
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Sacramento to San Mateo
Flight
Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines from Sacramento to San Mateo
Flight
jetBlue jetBlue from Sacramento to San Mateo
Useful Links Website
Flight
United United from Sacramento to San Mateo
Useful Links Map Reservations Coverage Baggage Website
Reservations1-800-864-8331
Damaged, Delayed, or Lost Luggage & Lost Items1-800-335-2247
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Megabus Megabus from Sacramento to San Mateo
Useful Links Reservations Map Baggage Coverage Website
Customer Service877-462-6342
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FlixBus FlixBus from Sacramento to San Mateo