All the Places You Can Visit from San Francisco for Less Than $20

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Cheap bus and train travel from San Francisco.

We searched through our system and found that there are 10 destinations you can visit from San Francisco for under $20.

With so many popular cities close to San Francisco, it’s easy to find cheap bus tickets for your next getaway. We searched and found that the best travel deals will take you to must-see spots like Santa Clara, Fresno, and Sacramento.

There are also bus tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles for as low as $1, even though LA didn’t make this list as the cheapest average fare to get there is over $20. However, if you look in advance, you’ll be able to score that dollar deal.

If you’re short on time but still in the mood for a vacay, you can check out some amazing day trips out of San Francisco!

Not a fan of the listed cities? No worries. You can try our Explore search tool to find more destinations that you can reach from San Francisco based on your budget.


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
San Francisco to Reno $13.17

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train prices available on Wanderu for a certain route over a 30-day period.

Bus and train carriers utilize what is known as dynamic pricing to determine ticket prices. That means that when a specific trip goes on sale (usually within four to six weeks prior to the trip date), tickets for that particular bus or train start at a certain low price and then get more expensive the more tickets are sold for that trip.

The cheapest average price may vary according to availability and carrier changes.

How to score the $1 deals

For certain routes, some bus carriers offer a starting ticket price of $1. That’s usually the price for the first couple of bookings for a bus that was just released for sale. Therefore, the earlier you book your trip, the higher chance you have of scoring a $1 deal.

However, if a bus sells out and the carrier decides to add another bus for the same date and time to meet the high demand, then the pricing cycle is reset, giving you the chance to score a $1 ticket at the last minute.

At Wanderu, we always bring you the best available deals out there and we’ve got even more tips to help you score really cheap bus tickets.

Travel Safely

At Wanderu, we want to make sure you are equipped with all the information you need to plan a safe trip. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for the latest tips & advisories.

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About the author
Staffo Dobrev

Staffo Dobrev

Having lived in some of the greatest cities in the world, Staffo has always had a soft spot for travel and adventures. Instead of hitting the usual tourist attractions, though, Staffo prefers to make friends with local people and check out fun places and activities that are not in the travel books.