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Journey Information

San Diego to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$51.00
Shortest Duration11h 0m
Trips per day4
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

How does taking the bus to San Francisco compare to driving there yourself?

Taking a bus from San Diego to San Francisco may take longer than driving there yourself. The bus for this route takes an average of 11 hours, whereas it will take between 8 and 9 hours if you drive your own vehicle. That said, Greyhound offers overnight bus options for this route, meaning you can fall asleep in San Diego and wake up in San Francisco without having to endure the stress of driving.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego 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 San Diego to San Francisco?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $64.00 was the low point for bus fares from San Diego to San Francisco. Buses from San Francisco to San Diego are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $64.00 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $47.49 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 13 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 458 miles (738 kilometers) from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 hours, 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Diego?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to San Francisco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $64.50.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to San Francisco?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Diego, California to San Francisco, California. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway115h 10m$74.31
Greyhound413h 30m$83.47

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

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

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

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

  • Salesforce Plaza

Price trends for buses from San Diego to San Francisco

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