LA to San Francisco

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1. Posted by jdr910 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I'd like to travel from LA to San Francisco and was wondering what the best way to do that was - avoiding air travel. Is there a train/bus shuttle service? If so, how much does it cost, who/what company do I contact and how long does the trip take?

I'm a New Yorker and it'll be my first time in California so I'm not familiar with how things work there...


2. Posted by RunAmuck (Budding Member 12 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Well, there's the Amtrack train system, which sometimes includes buses in the itinerary and that'll run you around $60 and a 9-10 hour travel time as there are some stops/transfers.

There's Greyhound buses that costs about $50 and take anywhere from 7-11 hours (nonstop) depending on which time you go.

OR if you can fly it'll cost more, but it'll only take about 1.5 hours.

3. Posted by johnnyphis (Budding Member 7 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I highly recommend renting a car and driving up Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. This will take you up through Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Monterey before you arrive San Francisco.

In fact, if you have a little time, stay somewhere in Big Sur and do a little exploring. Split the trip into two days. The drive up the coast is amazing.

4. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If you have the time, I would second that advice to drive...and then i would continue up the coast- the scnary really IS amazing...