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Old 10-21-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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Ive looked online and in books but was wondering if there are connecting trains to san fransisco from Los angeles... i really want to visit but dont want to make the 6 hour drive THAMKS
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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the closest you can get to SF via Amtrak is Oakland. however, the BART goes under the bay from Oakland to SF, so you can get there without a car.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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what is the bart?
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:08 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Its a Subway system that connects the Bay area , San Jose , San Fran , Richmond , Oakland.....its like the LA Subway.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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You can also buy an Amtrak ticket straight through to San Francisco; the Amtrak bus will bring you from Oakland across the bridge and drop you off at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal (or several other SF locations). It's all folded into one ticket price. I haven't taken that train ride but I think it might be on the long side; you might want to also look into greyhound. They have some express options.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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If you take the Coast Starlight it's a very scenic trip and worth the extra time. A rail-only alternative to the Oakland bus connection would be to detrain in San Jose and connect to the Cal Train to San Francisco. However, it will cost a few bucks more.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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yeah i looked into all the options.. and for some reason..most take 8-9 hours.. apposing the 6 and 1/2 hour drive.. guess i'll just have to make it a weekend trip.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:41 PM
 
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I wouldn't count on it being 6 1/2 hours for the drive, either; I'm sure many people on here have made that drive far, far more times than we have, but my experience was that while in theory it's doable, traffic (getting out of LA and then again into San Francisco) can slow it down considerably. You could keep an eye out for cheap airfares, too, especially since you won't need a car once you get to SF and it can be either a hassle or an expense to worry about finding parking in the city.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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I did a weekend trip to SF for a wedding last month and my flight booked two weeks in advance was ~130 roundtrip on Southwest. The time saved from driving was well worth the extra cost of the flight over gas money.
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