West Coast Best Coast: Los Angeles to San Francisco

Ah – California! The gorgeous, Golden State that contains two cities with completely different vibes and wonders to admire. On one end, we have the sunshine-y, surf-lover’s city of So Cal – Los Angeles. On the other – San Francisco! The fast-paced, techie-filled land of Northern California. That being said, although both cities are in the same state, getting from one amazing┬ácity to the other definitely takes some time and can be costly if you don’t do your research. Of course, that’s why we’re here to help!

So – how to get from point A to point B? Here’s what we suggest if you’re traveling from LA to SF:


LA Union Station/Paul Sullivan

ROAD TRIPPPP! Kind of. If you’re looking to save, then traveling by bus looks like your best bet. For example, a one-way trip from LA to SF comes out to just under $30 via the Greyhound! Not bad in price, and not the worst (about 11 hours) in terms of time versus your other options.


Amtrak/Extra Zebra

Want an even more scenic adventure? Hop on the train for a beautiful trip along the coast. Amtrak will get you from LA to SF for around $85 one-way (depending on when, of course) and at just an hour added onto the duration of the bus trip, for a total of about 12 hours. You might be asking yourself, “why would I spend more for the train when I could get there an hour earlier, for much less via the bus?”. Ahem – do you even Instagram? The Amtrak will provide you with a magical and scenic view of the West coast, as well as a more comfortable travel experience.


Travel by Plane/chucka_nc

Not feeling the half-a-day travel options, but still looking for a cheap-ish trip? Catch a plane for around $200 from LA to the Oakland, CA airport and hit up an Uber to get you to the city of Karl the Fog in about 8 hours. You’ll have 4 extra hours to explore the massive city and track down that legendary Sushirrito everyone is talking about!


Hoping for info on going the opposite direction (SF to LA?) Interested in comparing this trip to another? Get yourself back on over to our homepage and we’ll find you the cheapest routes to get you to where you’re wanderlust-ing heart craves to go! On Twitter? Try out our newest pricing feature by using the hashtag, #PriceMyTrip, and enter the two cities you’ll be traveling between!