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City Information

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.

Station Information

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

Popular bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • 700 Beach Street

What bus companies travel to San Francisco, California?

Located in California, San Francisco is accessible by bus from 150 other cities. You can choose from 345 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to San Francisco on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to San Francisco are also available.

Bus companies serving San Francisco

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound1082d 8h 37m$209.11
FlixBus US509h 19m$51.44
Amtrak Thruway114h 35m$85.75
  • Greyhound


    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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to San Francisco?

$4.99 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to San Francisco, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to San Francisco. In the last month, buses from Berkeley to San Francisco had the lowest average price at $4.99. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest buses to San Francisco:

Where is the bus station in San Francisco, CA?

The busiest bus station in San Francisco is Salesforce Plaza. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in San Francisco are:

  • Salesforce Plaza
  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St
  • 700 Beach Street

Which bus service has the best service to San Francisco?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to San Francisco by bus with Megabus giving them a 3.8 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Megabus had the most comfortable bus service to San Francisco taking into account the seats and amenities that Megabus offers. They rate Megabus a 3.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to San Francisco punctually travelers suggest that Megabus has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to San Francisco, rating them a 4.2 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to San Francisco, CA?

The closest airport to San Francisco is San Francisco Intl Airport (SFO), it is located 10.9 miles from the city center of San Francisco.

Is San Francisco a popular bus travel destination?

San Francisco ranks number 40 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 496 in United States. San Francisco ranks number 6 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to San Francisco via bus service. On average 77 direct daily bus trips serve San Francisco.

What is the population of San Francisco?

The population of San Francisco is 864816. San Francisco ranks number 7 in terms of population in California and number 134 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to San Francisco cost?

Bus tickets to San Francisco range from $5 for a short trip to San Francisco, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to San Francisco starts at , and a longer trip by bus to San Francisco can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $15 .

What type of traveler does San Francisco attract?

Taking a bus to San Francisco is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that bus travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the bus to San Francisco a great option when planning your next vacation.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of San Francisco?

The closest bus station to the city center of San Francisco is Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St, located just 1.2 miles away. Select Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of San Francisco. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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