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Journey Information

There are 27 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco usually takes around 9 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance347 mi (559 km)
Shortest duration7h 5m
Cheapest price$32.98
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Los Angeles to San Francisco

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Nikki

November 13, 2023- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The driver was extremely nice, he took my ticket for Wednesday that was a mistake, and honored it on Tuesday night from SF Ca to LA Ca! I was very pleased with the service.. Cons: Leg room I’m 5’9..😂. Tips: Be kind and courteous to all..😊.

4.0

Ana

November 27, 2022- Solo travel

OurBus

the socket does not work all the time and there was no wifi and the tv was not turned on

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.

5.0

Michael

May 26, 2019- Couples trip

Megabus

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?

Bus tickets for a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco cost $43.41 on average. Tickets cheaper than $43.41 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $42 to $77. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on May 8, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to San Francisco this week, bus tickets are available starting at $45.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $49. If you're planning to take the bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $71. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $45.14 on your bus ticket compared to booking 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, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 17 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US107h 52m$60.84
Greyhound1710h 57m$70.58
  • 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. 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 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 17 bus trips from Los Angeles to San Francisco every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Francisco usually start from $32.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 347 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco. However, the fastest bus 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 bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

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.

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.

There are 27 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 17 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 $44.00.

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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San Francisco, CA - SFO-2

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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?

Main departure station: North Hollywood Bus Station

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

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • 800 N Alameda St

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

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

Buses arrive in San Francisco at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Transit Center

  • 700 Beach Street

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