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Journey Information

There are 15 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco usually takes around 8 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance347 mi (559 km)
Shortest duration6h 50m
Cheapest price$34.99
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Erichson W

October 1, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

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.

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.

5.0

Michael

May 26, 2019- Couples trip

Megabus

Very relaxing vs driving myself.

Very relaxing vs driving myself.

Los Angeles to San Francisco Route Map

Los Angeles San Francisco

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

Typically $41.33 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to San Francisco. Any tickets cheaper than $41.33 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco is expected to range from $36 to $72. If you are looking to travel to San Francisco within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $36. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $36 and can be found on December 2, 2021.

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 $37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $48 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 bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $12.60 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to San Francisco that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 10 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US107h 44m$47.72
Greyhound59h 58m$48.70
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 10 trips per day from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 5 bus trips from Los Angeles to San Francisco every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 58 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Francisco usually start from $41.

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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 during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 347 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 50 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

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, 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 12:00am 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 bus schedules are there most days?

There are 15 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 14 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.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Departure stations

Buses to San Francisco leave from 7 stations in Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 13005 Sherman Way

  • Pacoima - 9727 Laurel Canyon Drive

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

Arrival stations

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in San Francisco.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Plaza

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