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How to get to San Francisco

The two most common ways to arrive in San Francisco are by air and by car. The second option is the favorite for those making a road trip around the USA.

Getting to San Francisco by Plane

Getting to San Francisco
Getting to San Francisco

Although many choose to make a road trip from other cities along the West Coast, if you are looking to arrive quickly and cheaply, the best option is without doubt by plane. You can find flights from Los Angeles or Las Vegas from about $50 with a flight time of around one hour.

If you would like to go from coast to coast, you can find flights from New York for a little over $100, which is a steal for a flight of almost 7 hours.

If you are looking for a flight from London, Paris, Madrid or other European cities, ticket prices start from $900. Flights crossing the Pacific from Tokyo, Hong Kong or Singapore go for around the same price.

You can use our search engine to find cheap flights and compare with various agencies:

Once you have booked your flight, the next thing to do is to find the best way of getting from the airport to San Francisco’s downtown area:

  • San Francisco AirportSan Francisco Airport offers flights to the main destinations across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Getting to San Francisco by Car

Those adventurous enough to drive to San Francisco already know about the long distances involved: 560 miles from Las Vegas, 380 from Los Angeles and 500 from San Diego. There are good roads but you will need to remember that speed limits are strictly enforced.

When planning your itinerary, you can use Google Maps among other sites:

If you still have not rented a car, you can take a look at our search engine:

As a word of advice if you arrive in San Francisco by car, it is advisable to look for a hotel with parking facilities in order to avoid having to use public parking, which can be quite expensive.

Getting to San Francisco by train

This is the least attractive option for us, the price is similar to a plane ticket and the journey from Los Angeles takes over 11 hours. We can only see it as worthwhile for those wishing to view the Californian scenery.

A high speed train linking the two cities is expected to be operating in 2020.