San Francisco to Los Angeles Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $10
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 10min
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, Megabus
Bus
$10 · 6h 49min · 65 lb of CO2
San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Train
$80 · 7h 52min · 86 lb of CO2
OKJ to LAX
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Flight
$45 · 1h 10min · 113 lb of CO2
SFO to LAX
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San Francisco to Los Angeles Flights

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

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

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

Drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles

It's 348 miles between San Francisco to Los Angeles. On a typical day, it might take between 6h 7min and 6h 25min from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles?

The are 13 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of San Francisco towards Burbank, as it is the cheapest to Los Angeles. It's common to find tickets for as low as $10. Megabus operates from San Francisco to Los Angeles, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

On your trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles CA?

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

The absolute cheapest way to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles is by bus. The bus costs $10 roughly and will take 6 hours 49 minutes.

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

Amtrak costs about $80 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. 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 OKJ Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is 9 miles from San Francisco. Further, once you arrive at LAX Los Angeles Union Station or you will still have 1 miles to Los Angeles.

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

The total distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
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Amtrak Amtrak from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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 San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Boutique Air Boutique Air from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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jetBlue jetBlue from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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United United from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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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Virgin America Virgin America from San Francisco to Los Angeles
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Megabus Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Useful Links Reservations Map Baggage Coverage Website
Customer Service877-462-6342
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