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Journey Information

You can pick from 14 daily bus trips between San Francisco and Sacramento. The average bus journey from San Francisco to Sacramento takes 2 hours and 32 minutes, but some FlixBus US bus trips are as short as 2 hours.

Distance75 mi (121 km)
Shortest duration2h 0m
Cheapest price$11.99
Trips per day12
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from San Francisco to Sacramento

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)




February 3, 2022- Business


Pros: Convenient, affordable, relaxing, perfect route schedules, great terminal location. The San Francisco terminal is beautiful. Cons: N/A. Tips: Do it…best way to visit the city!



February 22, 2020- Visiting friends


Pros: The seats. Cons: Time schedule. Traffic was terrible.



December 25, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: It was great to have someone else do the driving. Cons: Need signage at Salesforce transit center. As this was my first trip, it was difficult to know where to go.



October 17, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: Left on time, helpful staff with luggage, arrived a bit earlier. Cons: The bus mechanical condition, was very shaky I had to move to the front of the bus.



September 28, 2019- Visiting family


Cons: Power wasn't working couldn't charge my phone. Tips: Book a week or so in advance to get the best deals.

How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to Sacramento?

Over the past month, a train ticket between San Francisco and Sacramento cost $13.76, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $8.82 more.

Average prices by travel date


For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way bus trip from San Francisco to Sacramento will range from $12 to $20. If you're planning to travel by bus to Sacramento in the upcoming week, the cheapest bus ticket from San Francisco you can find in the next 7 days is $12. Be sure to book your trip in advance as bus ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

Taking the train from San Francisco to Sacramento usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $16 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


The price of bus trips from San Francisco to Sacramento doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your bus tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Sacramento?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to Sacramento that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 11 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US112h 28m$17.85
Greyhound32h 45m$18.65
  • 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 11 trips per day from San Francisco to Sacramento, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 3 bus trips from San Francisco to Sacramento every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Sacramento usually start from $12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Megabus has the fastest average time for a bus trip from San Francisco to Sacramento. Megabus usually makes this trip in 1 hour 54 minutes, although if traffic is clear and the weather conditions are good it can make it in as fast as 1 hour 40 minutes.
Greyhound offers the cheapest bus tickets from San Francisco to Sacramento on average, with tickets costing around $9. Megabus tickets are only slightly more expensive, with an average price of $10.
Yes, San Francisco to Sacramento makes a very doable day-trip, with the trip taking as little as 1 hour 40 minutes each way. Buses run throughout the day from San Francisco to Sacramento, starting as early as 7:15 a.m. The latest bus for the return journey leaves Sacramento at 9:55 p.m. and arrives back in San Francisco at 11:55 p.m.

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.

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 32 minutes to cover the 75 miles from San Francisco to Sacramento. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

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

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to Sacramento, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to Sacramento every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 12 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 Sacramento; ticket prices start at $25.00.

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.


As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?

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

Buses to Sacramento leave from 3 stations in San Francisco.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Transit Center

  • 700 Beach Street

Where does the bus arrive in Sacramento?

Main arrival station: 2928 K Street (b/w 29th St & 30th St)

Buses arrive in Sacramento at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Sacramento:

  • 2928 K Street (b/w 29th St & 30th St)

  • 961 2nd St

  • 420 Richards Blvd

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