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San Francisco to Los Angeles bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$4.99
Shortest Duration7h 35m
Trips per day24
bus carriers2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for San Francisco to Los Angeles
4.3
Based on 7 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Anh
4.0
August 24, 2019Vacation
Pros
That it have some movies
Cons
I think that the WiFi should be improve , if not maybe more movies

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 17 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.3
Staff
3.7
Value
4.2
Condition
3.8
Ma
5.0
October 28, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Gg
Mario
5.0
September 18, 2019Solo travel
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.
Natalia
4.0
September 17, 2019Solo travel
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
Lindsey
3.0
July 25, 2019Visiting family
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...More
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.
Katherine
4.0
June 19, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Bus rest stop actually near food I can eat and a Starbucks too.
Tips
Pack snacks and water, it wouldn’t hurt to pack you lunch, download a few good movies and you’ll be set.

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.

What are the different types of buses from San Francisco to L.A.?

There are two different bus companies that you can take from San Francisco to L.A.: Greyhound and Megabus. Greyhound typically offers 11 to 12 daily trips, while Megabus usually offers five to six. You can expect free Wi-Fi, electrical outlets for your charging needs, and AC or heating on both carriers.

Greyhound and Megabus both offer cheap prices on tickets for this route. The average price is about $20 for each, but you can expect to pay as little as $4.99 for a Megabus ticket. The duration of this bus trip is between 8 and 9 hours, so make sure to bring what you need for this road trip.

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

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from San Francisco to Los Angeles were $20.24.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 25 days out, tickets are on average $15.41 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

The distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is approximately 347.62 miles, or 559.30 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 8 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 35 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

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

The busiest time of the week for travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles by bus is usually 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. Thursday 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.

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

On average there are 24 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from San Francisco to Los Angeles, with an average of 20 trips per day and 387 monthly trips. 2 bus carriers serve the route from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Of the 24 trips there are 19 trips that are direct connections to Los Angeles.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles start at $52.00. To compare all possible modes of travel, check out our guide on how to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

2 carriers offer San Francisco to Los Angeles bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from San Francisco to Los Angeles from $20.00. There are 20 trips per day offered by Greyhound from San Francisco to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $29.56 for a Greyhound ticket to Los Angeles. In San Francisco, Greyhound departs to Los Angeles from 425 Mission St, In Los Angeles, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Greyhound from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 9 hours and 59 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Los Angeles in 7 hours and 35 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 21 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $29.48 for a weekend trip to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
9h 59m
Avg. Price
$29.56

Megabus

Book Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles from $4.99. There are 5 trips per day offered by Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $25.38 for a Megabus ticket to Los Angeles. In San Francisco, Megabus departs to Los Angeles from Caltrain Stn - SW Cnr of Townsend St and 5th St, In Los Angeles, Megabus arrives at Union Station,

An average trip on Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 8 hours and 25 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Los Angeles in 7 hours and 35 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $25.97 for a weekend trip to Los Angeles.

Restroom
WiFi
Movies
Power outlet
Green certified
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
8h 25m
Avg. Price
$25.38

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Los Angeles will depart from these stations in San Francisco:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Caltrain Stn - SW Cnr of Townsend St and 5th St
Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Los Angeles for trips arriving from San Francisco:
  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • Union Station
  • North Hollywood Bus Station