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Journey Information

There are 19 intercity buses per day from Oakland to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from Oakland to Los Angeles usually takes around 8 hours and 8 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 7 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance343 mi (553 km)
Shortest duration7h 5m
Cheapest price$35.99
Trips per day18
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Oakland to Los Angeles

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Karena

December 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: I appreciated the kindness of the driver. I definitely prefer Megabus over any other. Tips: Watch your surroundings at all times.

Pros: I appreciated the kindness of the driver. I definitely prefer Megabus over any other. Tips: Watch your surroundings at all times.

5.0

Matthew

November 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Very straight forward!

Very straight forward!

5.0

Patricia

September 8, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: The Operator was friendly and proffessional. Cons: None. Tips: Awesome Company to do business with.

Pros: The Operator was friendly and proffessional. Cons: None. Tips: Awesome Company to do business with.

4.0

Emily

August 17, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Too many stops - difficult to get quality rest. Also hard to get comfortable in the seats, even with the reclining.

Too many stops - difficult to get quality rest. Also hard to get comfortable in the seats, even with the reclining.

4.0

Janell

June 28, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: Got me there on time. Cons: Making sure other guest adherento the standard for the bus. The upstairs was a free for all and one guest in particular was acting extremely obnoxious and rude. Talking loudly on her phone and being belligerent with other guests nicely...

Pros: Got me there on time. Cons: Making sure other guest adherento the standard for the bus. The upstairs was a free for all and one guest in particular was acting extremely obnoxious and rude. Talking loudly on her phone and being belligerent with other guests nicely asked her to chill. Also the bus is slow. A Flicks bus zoomed right by us and we never saw it again. And we left before then from the same station. I’m trying them next time. Tips: Be considerate of the rules. They help everyone get the trip they paid for and deserve to enjoy.

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How much is a bus ticket from Oakland to Los Angeles?

$37.42 is the average price of a bus ticket from Oakland to Los Angeles. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

$60$40$20SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Oakland to Los Angeles is expected to range from $37 to $59. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $42. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $37 and can be found on October 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $43 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Oakland to Los Angeles in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $50 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 25 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $29.33 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Oakland to Los Angeles?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Oakland to Los Angeles that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 15 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US158h 3m$53.43
Greyhound49h 5m$62.48
  • 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 15 trips per day from Oakland to Los Angeles, 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 4 bus trips from Oakland to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $45.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Oakland to Los Angeles 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 Oakland to Los Angeles?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 343 miles from Oakland to Los Angeles. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Los Angeles at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Oakland?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Oakland to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 19 scheduled buses that travel from Oakland to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 18 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 Oakland to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $50.75.

City Information

Oakland

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Oakland, CA is a port city that is beginning to step out of the shadow of San Francisco, its neighbor to the west. Every visitor should start their Oakland trip in the downtown area and Old Oakland, the city's historic quarter full of quaint old buildings. While here, don't forget to take a short detour to Oakland's famous Chinatown as well. The African American Museum and Library at Oakland tells the history of Black communities in the area and is definitely worth a stop. For those who would prefer to stay close to nature, Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park's abundance of redwood groves will offer amazing views.

Oakland's food scene is vibrant and diverse, with a wide range of offerings for all budgets. Enssaro is a popular local name with mid-range dishes that will whet your appetite. For an excellent haute-cuisine dinner, head towards The Wolf.

It's easy to get around the Bay Area on local public transit (called the BART, for Bay Area Rapid Transit). Getting to Oakland from further afield is also a breeze thanks to many intercity bus routes in the area and Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train, which stops in Oakland. Flights arrive at the Oakland International Airport, but several additional airport options in the larger Bay Area are also available.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Oakland?

Main departure station: W Oakland BART Station

Oakland has two bus stations with service to Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Oakland:

  • W Oakland BART Station

  • West Oakland Bart Station

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: Downtown - Vignes Lot

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

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