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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles usually takes around 8 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 7 hours,

Distance347 mi (559 km)
Shortest duration7h 0m
Cheapest price$34.99
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.3

5.0

Ma

October 28, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

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5.0

Mario

September 18, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: It achieved everything it set out to do, in a way agreeable to both of us. Cons: Improvment implies a problem to be fixed; there were no problems. Tips: If you plan to sleep, bring something to put over your eyes.

Pros: It achieved everything it set out to do, in a way agreeable to both of us. Cons: Improvment implies a problem to be fixed; there were no problems. Tips: If you plan to sleep, bring something to put over your eyes.

4.0

Natalia

September 17, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: Cheap. Not crowdy. Cons: Toilets can be cleaner, I could smell toilets on the second floor. It was very cold in the bus. There was no option to decrease AC. Tips: To take warm blanket.

Pros: Cheap. Not crowdy. Cons: Toilets can be cleaner, I could smell toilets on the second floor. It was very cold in the bus. There was no option to decrease AC. Tips: To take warm blanket.

4.0

Anh

August 24, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: That it have some movies. Cons: I think that the WiFi should be improve , if not maybe more movies.

Pros: That it have some movies. Cons: I think that the WiFi should be improve , if not maybe more movies.

3.0

Lindsey

July 25, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: It's a cheap trip and a very direct route. Pretty good timing all things considered and a relatively quiet trip. Cons: It would be great if you DO NOT offer wifi and entertainment without any kind of guarantees. We booked this trip with expressed expectation of...

Pros: It's a cheap trip and a very direct route. Pretty good timing all things considered and a relatively quiet trip. Cons: It would be great if you DO NOT offer wifi and entertainment without any kind of guarantees. We booked this trip with expressed expectation of being able to use WIFI to work throughout the day. We didn't even get one second of wifi and had to ice down any work we were planning on doing. Pretty frustrating to be honest. The seats were also kind of small/cramped and we hit our heads on the ceiling of the bus a few times. Tips: DO NOT take these buses if you 'expect' to get work done through the internet/wifi. Not even a mention from staff that wifi wasn't an option.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

$35.89 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Francisco 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles is expected to range from $36 to $43. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $37. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $36 and can be found on October 25, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $47 whenever you decide to travel.

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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $8.93 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 10 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US107h 43m$37.54
Greyhound49h 52m$46.14
  • 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 Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 52 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $41.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles a good day trip?

Unfortunately, a bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles is too far for a day trip. The bus trip itself takes between 8 and 9 hours. This route is worth it for a trip of at least two days, which will give you more time to experience L.A.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Francisco 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 9 minutes to cover the 347 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 7 hours. 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 San Francisco?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from California to California without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $52.50.

City Information

San Francisco

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.

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 San Francisco?

Departure stations

San Francisco has two bus stations with service to Los Angeles.

Bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Arrival stations

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

Bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 13005 Sherman Way

  • Pacoima - 9727 Laurel Canyon Drive

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