Travel from San Diego to San Francisco

14h 59min
83 lb of CO2
10h 33min
116 lb of CO2
5h 49min
524 lb of CO2

San Diego to San Francisco Flights

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

Out of the 4 total modes of travel to San Francisco from San Diego, a flight is the quickest method.
7h 58min
91 lb of CO2

Drive from San Diego to San Francisco

It's 459 miles between San Diego to San Francisco. On a typical day, it might take between 7h 58min and 8h 22min from San Diego to San Francisco under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 8h 46min 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 $61.

What is the best way to travel from San Diego to San Francisco?

The are 11 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from San Diego to San Francisco. Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from San Diego to San Francisco?

On your trip from San Diego 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.

San Diego to San Francisco CA - take the train or bus?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from San Diego 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 San Diego/San Francisco buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego to San Francisco?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from San Diego to San Francisco is by bus. The bus costs $65 roughly and will take 14 hours 52 minutes.

Does Amtrak go from San Diego to San Francisco?

Yes, Amtrak has serivce between San Diego area and San Francisco, but there is no direct route. In total, it will take roughly 10 hours 37 minutes. We recommend catching the train at OLT San Diego Old Town Transportation Center, which is about 4 miles from San Diego. Also with this train or you will have to make a connection at SLO San Luis Obispo.

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

The total distance between San Diego and San Francisco is 459 miles and will take you about 7 hours 58 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $62.

San Diego to San Francisco Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $65
Fastest Way Flight — 5h 49min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 70 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 458 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak

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