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About San Francisco
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.
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:
Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St
700 Beach Street
555 Mission Street
What bus companies travel to San Francisco, California?
Located in California, San Francisco is accessible by bus from 42 other cities. You can choose from 103 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to San Francisco on Wanderu. FlixBus US 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
|Bus||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|FlixBus US||75||3h 8m||$26.52|
|Amtrak Thruway||1||12h 6m||$68.58|
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.
Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities.
Which bus carrier 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 OurBus had the most comfortable bus service to San Francisco taking into account the seats and amenities that OurBus offers. They rate OurBus a 4 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
$5.99 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 Oakland to San Francisco had the lowest average price at $5.99. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest buses to San Francisco:
The busiest bus station in San Francisco is Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in San Francisco are:
- Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St
- 700 Beach Street
- 555 Mission Street
|Departure||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Houston||2d 4h 51m||$314.36|
|Los Angeles||8h 0m||$61.39|
|San Diego||12h 47m||$104.51|
|North Hollywood||9h 0m||$27.33|
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