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Journey Information

Los Angeles to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$37.00
Shortest Duration7h 35m
Trips per day7
Bus lines1

Los Angeles to San Francisco Route Map

Los Angeles San Francisco

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $46.71 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 $46.71 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $6.83 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 347 miles (559 kilometers) from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours and 35 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in San Francisco. 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

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 7 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 5 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 $53.25.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

There is one bus company that operates from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound79h 18m$51.53

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Buses to San Francisco leave from multiple locations in Los Angeles, California. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

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

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

All buses from Los Angeles arrive at one main station in San Francisco, California:

  • Salesforce Plaza

Price trends for buses from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
4.4
Based on 8 ratings and 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 countrybeing 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.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 timenot 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. Very relaxing vs driving myself.

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