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1. Posted by bigc200 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I will need to get from San Francisco to LA in April and I'm considering getting a bus rather than flying so that I can go down the Pacific Highway.

Does anyone know of any good bus operators, costs and if it does go down the pacific highway? Also, can you break the journey up into two legs. I believe it takes 8 hours.

Thanks in advance


2. Posted by Jessicaca (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The bus system in the states is seedy at best. And it will take the better part of 14 hours to travel from SF to LA. I suggest you take the train if you don't want to fly. You can visit to see the schedules and routes. The train travels along the coast with better accomodations than a Greyhound bus any day!

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree, take the train--but realize that it only travels along the coast once you get past Santa Barbara--or in other words, for about 2 hours out of the 8 hour trip.

The better train route to take is from Los Angeles to San Diego--or north from the Oakland area (near San Francisco), north to Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately, both of these are far out of your way.

The most beautiful part of the California coastal route is the Monterey to San Luis Obispo route, which can only be seen by car--sorry, but the road is narrow and can barely fit a two-lane highway--and this road takes a LONG time to travel, even if you are driving it yourself.


4. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

try for car hire will be should not be much more expenisve then a bus ticket, plus you get flexibility in stopping where and when you want. Avis has 1 way rentals.

5. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, if you want to see the coast you are going to have to take a car. No way around it. Not that the buses or trains aren't valuable transportation devices but they are a means and are not the best for sight-seeing.

Here's a quick link if you wanna do the drive:

6. Posted by bigc200 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers for the comments guys. I've actually already done the trip up the coast road when I was 21 and it was great but this time I'm on a round the world trip and I don't necessarily have to do it again.

Since I'm on my own this time I don't really fancy doing that drive on my own and would probably prefer to spend more time in San Fran rather than time on the road. I suppose if I meet up with people in hostels that are planning on driving south then I might be up for jumping in with them, otherwise I'll go with Amtrack I think.