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San Diego to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$31.00
Shortest Duration11h 0m
Trips per day13
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Frequent questions about traveling by bus from San Diego to San Francisco.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Francisco?

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Francisco is via bus. Bus tickets for this route cost an average of $49.54. For comparison, train tickets cost an average of $80.68, and a flight is likely to run you $120 or more each way. Even if you were to drive yourself, the amount you would have to pay in gas for this 500-mile stretch is likely to cost you more than a bus ticket.

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.

How to book cheap San Diego to San Francisco bus tickets?

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets from San Diego to San Francisco is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from San Diego to San Francisco were $49.13. By booking 10 days out, tickets are on average $6.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from San Diego to San Francisco?

The busiest time of the week for travel from San Diego to San Francisco by bus is usually around 8:00 PM on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Around 3:00 PM on Monday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

Greyhound from San Diego to San Francisco has the most daily schedules

On average there are 13 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from San Diego to San Francisco, with an average of 13 trips per day and 260 monthly trips. One bus carrier currently travels from San Diego to San Francisco. Of the 13 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the bus and boarding another bus to complete your trip.

Need more travel options? Traveling by Train from San Diego to San Francisco starts at $71.00.

1 carriers offer San Diego to San Francisco bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from San Diego to San Francisco from $31.00. There are 13 trips per day offered by Greyhound from San Diego to San Francisco and you can expect on average to pay $64.18 for a Greyhound ticket to San Francisco. In San Diego, Greyhound departs to San Francisco from Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave and one other station. In San Francisco, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St,

An average trip on Greyhound from San Diego to San Francisco takes 12 hours and 6 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to San Francisco in 11 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 13 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $64.71 for a weekend trip to San Francisco.

Restroom
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Extra legroom
Power outlet
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Avg. Time
12h 6m
Avg. Price
$64.18

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 2 stations that have bus departures from San Diego. Most bus trips to San Francisco will depart from Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave, San Ysidro Transit Ctr.
  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
Bus trips arrive in San Francisco at 1 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St are the main bus stations in San Francisco for trips arriving from San Diego.
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St