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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to San Francisco usually takes around 84 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 77 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance2517 mi (4050 km)
Shortest duration77h 15m
Cheapest price$98.95
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
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How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to San Francisco?

Bus tickets for a trip from Philadelphia to San Francisco cost $103.74 on average. Bus tickets on this route can be a bit expensive due to the length of the trip. But even with a higher price tag, taking the bus is often more affordable than flying to San Francisco. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly average prices

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Bus tickets from Philadelphia to San Francisco are at their cheapest average price in June. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $257. On the other hand, traveling on this route during October might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for October trips cost $374, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 16 days in advance to save $457.53 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to San Francisco?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Philadelphia to San Francisco. FlixBus US connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US103d 12h 25m$387.58
  • 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 10 trips per day from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 84 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 2517 miles from Philadelphia to San Francisco. However, the fastest bus only takes 77 hours and 15 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.

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 San Francisco, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to San Francisco 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 Philadelphia to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $402.00.

City Information

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Head to Reading Terminal Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Main departure station: 199 Spg Gdn St

Philadelphia has two bus stations with service to San Francisco.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • 199 Spg Gdn St

  • Logan Square

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

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

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

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • Salesforce Transit Center

  • 700 Beach Street

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