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Journey Information

Los Angeles to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$34.42
Fastest time8h 15m
Trips per day10
Bus lines2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Los Angeles to San Francisco
4.4
Based on 8 reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.3
Erichson W
4.0
October 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
being able to relax & enjoy the scenery of the country
Cons
greyhound e-ticket as another choice to present to driver, than just paper ticket after purchase. International travelers don't have access to a printer.
Tips
not at this time

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.3
Staff
3.0
Value
3.5
Condition
4.3
Michael
5.0
May 26, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Very relaxing vs driving myself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an overnight bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Yes. Both Greyhound and Megabus operate overnight buses from L.A. to San Francisco, departing as late as 11:30 p.m. For a more expensive option, you might consider Cabin, with luxury sleeping cabins that start at $84.

Can you bring food or drinks on the bus?

If you are traveling via bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco, you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks on the bus. Unfortunately, there is no way to purchase food on the bus itself, so bringing your own snacks and drinks is recommended. However, none of the bus companies for this route allow you to consume alcohol onboard.

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $39.92 was the low point for bus fares from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Buses from San Francisco to Los Angeles are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $39.92 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $25.32 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 559 kilometers (347 miles) from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 15 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $72.31.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 7 bus trips per day.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound710h 5m$52.85
Megabus58h 30m$40.43

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, California has two bus stations with service to San Francisco, California:

  • Union Station
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in San Francisco, California:

  • 425 Mission St
  • Caltrain Stn - SW Cnr of Townsend St and 5th St

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