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Journey Information

There are 32 intercity coaches per day from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Traveling by coach from San Francisco to Los Angeles usually takes around 10 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US coach can make the trip in 7 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance347 mi (559 km)
Shortest duration7h 5m
Cheapest price£24.65
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Coach lines2

Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from San Francisco to Los Angeles

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Hart

17 June 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The waiting roms were comfortable with restrooms nearby and wifi. The announcement were clear and comprehensible. Instructions for finding the bus departure point were precise. The bus driver was adorable, very diplomatic when he had to calm down argumentative passengers. Cons: The wifi on the bus itself wasn't strong enough.

4.0

Helen

10 April 2022- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: The Greyhound bus saved us a fortune and we traveled from San Francisco to LA for less that $100 for two people. Cons: We booked our tickets in advance a year ago. Showed up at the bus station and initially didn’t try to get on the first LA bus to arrive, saying we were taking the 12.45am bus. Luckily the staff said this bus doesn’t exist any more and when they scanned our tickets they were invalid. We had to go to Oakland on the bus to get our tickets reissued and lucky there was still room for us. For those booking tickets in advance, we could have done with better communication from Greyhound who hadn’t told us about this change in schedule. Thankfully, the kind driver sorted us out, otherwise this would have seriously messed up our travel plans. If I’d been organised enough to book tickets in advance, I expect to be contacted about schedule changes. The only email I received from Greyhound was one about how to wear a face covering! Tips: Snacks- you stop at standard bus stations rather than service stations, with no food/ drink stalls or vending machines. Pack plenty of food, snacks and drinks with you. It is a slow ride to LA due to the number of stops- so make the most of it by bringing plenty of books and something to watch. If this bus ride is in the middle of a busy trip, appreciate the time where you can rest and don’t have to do anything!

5.0

Alia

5 February 2021

Greyhound

Bus was on time

5.0

Ma

28 October 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Gg

5.0

Kaleb

25 October 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Cons: I enjoyed my trip, however, when there's a layover, it should be more visible to the buyer.. Tips: Nope..

San Francisco to Los Angeles Route Map

San Francisco Los Angeles

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

£37.36 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Any tickets cheaper than £37.36 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

£59£39£20JunJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles is expected to range from £34 to £55. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from £37. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are £34 and can be found on 25 June 2024.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just £38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to £55 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most coach companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your coach tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap coach tickets is to book at least 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save £34.41 on your coach ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What coach companies travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to Los Angeles that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 19 scheduled trips per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US1910h 1m£51.67
Greyhound1311h 24m£49.68
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 19 trips per day from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 13 bus trips from San Francisco to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 24 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from £25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles is too far for a day trip. The bus trip itself takes between 8 and 9 hours. This route is worth it for a trip of at least two days, which will give you more time to experience L.A.

The coach takes an average of 10 hours and 35 minutes to cover the 347 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. However, the fastest coach only takes 7 hours and 5 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Saturday is usually the day when coaches are busiest, as many travelers take the coach to enjoy the weekend in Los Angeles. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first coach leaves at 06:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from San Francisco to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 32 scheduled coaches that travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 17 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at £34.45.

City Information

San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA - SFO-1

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Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in San Francisco?

Main departure station: Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

Coaches to Los Angeles leave from 3 stations in San Francisco.

All coach stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Transit Center

  • 700 Beach Street

Where does the coach arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: San Fernando Bus Station

Coaches arrive in Los Angeles at 8 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Los Angeles:

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 800 N Alameda St

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Los Angeles Un Station Arrival

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

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