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Journey Information

There are 6 intercity buses per day from San Francisco to Phoenix. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Phoenix usually takes around 18 hours and 19 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 16 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance653 mi (1051 km)
Shortest duration16h 35m
Cheapest price$84.98
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
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How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to Phoenix?

$88.71 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Francisco to Phoenix. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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

$195$130$65MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Francisco to Phoenix is expected to range from $131 to $185. If you are looking to travel to Phoenix within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $131. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $131 and can be found on June 1, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$150$120$90$60$30JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $71 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Phoenix in June, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $141 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

$175$140$105$70$353020100

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 $68.93 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Phoenix?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to Phoenix that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 4 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US217h 49m$98.15
Greyhound418h 36m$185.43
  • 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 2 trips per day from San Francisco to Phoenix, 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 San Francisco to Phoenix every day, with the average journey taking around 18 hours and 36 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Phoenix usually start from $154.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 18 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 653 miles from San Francisco to Phoenix. However, the fastest bus only takes 16 hours and 35 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Phoenix, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Francisco?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to Phoenix, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to Phoenix 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 Francisco to Phoenix; ticket prices start at $137.50.

City Information

San Francisco

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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.

Phoenix

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Phoenix, in the heart of the American Southwest, is the capital of Arizona and one of the best destinations for escaping the cold winter months. But we won't lie, it can get HOT.

Sure, you can sip a margarita by the pool at any one of the city's many resorts, or you can get outside and experience some of the Sonoran Desert's unique landscapes. For impressive views of the city and the desert beyond, hike up Camelback Mountain, a 2,700-foot humped mountain which resembles a kneeling camel. If you're more a fan of Tiger Woods than camel mountains, see why Phoenix is a top destination for golf at one of the city's 200+ golf courses.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, you too can overcome your sore muscles after a long day of hiking or golfing and get ready to hit the town. After all, Phoenix is one of the biggest party hubs in the U.S. Roosevelt Row, a creative arts district known for its galleries and mural-covered walls, is one of many spots where Phoenix comes to life after dark. Recommended haunts on Roosevelt Row include the Churchill and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co, as well as The Duce which offers themed nights ranging from Cowboy Night to Burlesque.

Getting to Phoenix is surely easier than getting over your hangover. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a large and busy airport just outside of downtown, and bus service is operated from stations throughout the city connecting Phoenix to destinations in Arizona and beyond. Unfortunately, there is no train service to Phoenix.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?

Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

Where does the bus arrive in Phoenix?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 2115 E Buckeye Rd

The Phoenix Bus Station at 2115 E Buckeye Road is located directly adjacent to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The bus station is open 24 hours, convenient for anyone traveling in or out of Phoenix regardless of what time your bus departs. The Phoenix Bus Station is the primary origin and transfer point for all Greyhound routes serving major cities in the Phoenix area. Besides Greyhound, you might travel to or from this station with other bus companies like FlixBus, Express Arrow, and Tufesa. Because the airport is so close to the bus station, travelers can easily access connections to downtown Phoenix via the PHX Sky Train or Valley Metro Rail.

All bus stations in Phoenix:

  • Bus Terminal - 2115 E Buckeye Rd

  • 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station (Charter)

  • 1620 N 59th Ave

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