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Journey Information

There are 21 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 1 minute, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance347 mi (559 km)
Shortest duration6h 35m
Cheapest price$35.99
Trips per day20
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Francisco to Los Angeles

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Hart

June 17, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The waiting roms were comfortable with restrooms nearby and wifi. The announcement were clear and comprehensible. Instructions for finding the bus departure point were precise. The bus driver was adorable, very diplomatic when he had to calm down argumentative pa...

Pros: The waiting roms were comfortable with restrooms nearby and wifi. The announcement were clear and comprehensible. Instructions for finding the bus departure point were precise. The bus driver was adorable, very diplomatic when he had to calm down argumentative passengers. Cons: The wifi on the bus itself wasn't strong enough.

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4.0

Helen

April 10, 2022- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: The Greyhound bus saved us a fortune and we traveled from San Francisco to LA for less that $100 for two people. Cons: We booked our tickets in advance a year ago. Showed up at the bus station and initially didn’t try to get on the first LA bus to arrive, saying ...

Pros: The Greyhound bus saved us a fortune and we traveled from San Francisco to LA for less that $100 for two people. Cons: We booked our tickets in advance a year ago. Showed up at the bus station and initially didn’t try to get on the first LA bus to arrive, saying we were taking the 12.45am bus. Luckily the staff said this bus doesn’t exist any more and when they scanned our tickets they were invalid. We had to go to Oakland on the bus to get our tickets reissued and lucky there was still room for us. For those booking tickets in advance, we could have done with better communication from Greyhound who hadn’t told us about this change in schedule. Thankfully, the kind driver sorted us out, otherwise this would have seriously messed up our travel plans. If I’d been organised enough to book tickets in advance, I expect to be contacted about schedule changes. The only email I received from Greyhound was one about how to wear a face covering! Tips: Snacks- you stop at standard bus stations rather than service stations, with no food/ drink stalls or vending machines. Pack plenty of food, snacks and drinks with you. It is a slow ride to LA due to the number of stops- so make the most of it by bringing plenty of books and something to watch. If this bus ride is in the middle of a busy trip, appreciate the time where you can rest and don’t have to do anything!

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5.0

Alia

February 5, 2021

Greyhound

Bus was on time

Bus was on time

5.0

Ma

October 28, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

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5.0

Kaleb

October 25, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Cons: I enjoyed my trip, however, when there's a layover, it should be more visible to the buyer.. Tips: Nope..

Cons: I enjoyed my trip, however, when there's a layover, it should be more visible to the buyer.. Tips: Nope..

San Francisco to Los Angeles Route Map

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

$37.37 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 $38 to $59. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $42. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $38 and can be found on October 5, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $43 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $52 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

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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 $31.95 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 that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 16 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US167h 42m$52.34
Greyhound610h 2m$57.93
  • 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 16 trips per day from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 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 6 bus trips from San Francisco to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 2 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $46.

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.

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 Los Angeles?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours to cover the 347 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

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 21 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 20 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $53.25.

City Information

San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA - SFO-1

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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.

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?

Main departure station: Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

Buses to Los Angeles leave from 3 stations in San Francisco.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • 700 Beach Street

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

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

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

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