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Old 02-01-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Okay, here's my situation. I'm trying to find a good and cheap means of traveling from Seattle to San Francisco in March. I don't have a vehicle, I've looked online for plane tickets (and they were rather expensive to travel such a relatively short distance), and I couldn't find any information on any trains. My hotel expenses are already expected to be about $450 and the pass to the event is $195 (let's just say it's more of a business thing). The reason I'm looking for something most affordable is because I can't guarantee my financial status will be as good as I hope in the future (but I do really need to take this trip, VERY important that I do). So, what would you all recommend? Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Okay, here's my situation. I'm trying to find a good and cheap means of traveling from Seattle to San Francisco in March. I don't have a vehicle, I've looked online for plane tickets (and they were rather expensive to travel such a relatively short distance), and I couldn't find any information on any trains. My hotel expenses are already expected to be about $450 and the pass to the event is $195 (let's just say it's more of a business thing). The reason I'm looking for something most affordable is because I can't guarantee my financial status will be as good as I hope in the future (but I do really need to take this trip, VERY important that I do). So, what would you all recommend? Thanks.
Amtrak Cascades will take you to Eugene, OR from Seattle for 47 dollars, then the train from Eugene, OR to SF will be about 109 dollars.

There used to be a train going from Seattle to SF, but it doesn't look like it anymore. Which is kinda strange.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Duvall, WA
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Virgin America sometimes has fares as low as $49/each way from SEA to SFO.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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Look for last minute internet fares, too.

There used to be a resource for shared rides in Seattle, but I've never used it. Try Googling Ride Share Seattle.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Okay, I went to the virgin america website and found some decent fares ($89 to, $79 from). So far, this is looking the best for me. I even managed to cut down the trip expenses to about $600. Any other suggestions/ideas are welcome.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:04 PM
 
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I usually catch some good deals on Airfare Deals - Cheap Flights - Airfarewatchdog

If you need a cheap hotel, expedia/hotwire, etc are not the best way to go. The cheapest hotels will not be listed on those websites, because they will take too much of a "cut". But unless you have a friend in the city to point you to the cheapest hotels, your best bet will probably be a hostel.

For instance, this place is cheap: Balmoral Hotel, North 1 - Balmoral Group Hotel & Residence Club

Couchsurfing.com is useful too.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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There used to be a train going from Seattle to SF, but it doesn't look like it anymore. Which is kinda strange.
It's still there. It goes to Emeryville, right across the bay 10 miles away. Amtrak - Coast Starlight May not be the cheapest way but check out Amtrak's website and see.

Greyhound is an option, but avoid unless absolutely, desperately, necessary.

Oh, and check out seattle-tacoma rideshare classifieds - craigslist.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: LQA, Seattle, Washington
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Or you could try flying Southwest to Oakland or San Jose instead. SW is usually pretty cheap and in my experience it's always cheaper to fly into OAK or SJC than SFO.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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I haven't personally done this, but am acquainted with people who've had good luck on Craigslist looking for a road trip person to split expenses with. SF is about a 14 hour drive though and don't know your situation - but maybe even a rideshare one way, then only need to buy a 1 way plane ticket back. A fair amount of university students find rides this way (there use to be posting board for this on the campus) - might check there too.
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