Hi, I'm looking at visiting SF soon and was wondering whther there was an easy way to get from SF to Vegas (preferably coach or train).
A combination of bus/train from San Francisco to Las Vegas is possible.
Go to www.amtrak.com. Amtrak is the train and also has connector buses to the cities.
Train is not an option. Bus is an option (look up the website for Greyhound Bus).
I highly suggest looking into flying. Southwest Airlines usually has reasonable fares. You would just need to fly out of Oakland Airport, since Southwest doesn't fly out of San Francisco. It's fairly simple to get from downtown SF to the Oakland Airport...take BART.
I highly recommend flying because the bus would probably take 12 to 15 hours, if not more. It takes 10 to 11 hours to drive your own car, and the bus usually makes a number of stops along the way.
Guess I was wrong about the train...it's definitely not a fast option.
I tried both amtrak.com and greyhound.com - I was able to pull up a one-way fare of $72.00 with 1 transfer in Los Angeles and a travel duration of 15 hours on the greyhound site pretty quickly, but amtrack.com is a different story - it does not automatically figure out the connections for you when you try to put in two cities, try doing it for San Francisco and Las Vegas and you'll get:
Problem Finding Service: Sorry, we cannot find service matching the departure and arrival stations/cities you provided. Please modify either or both stations/cities and resubmit, or, for additional assistance, please contact us at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
[Error ID: 619S]
Anyways, for $72 it's cheaper than flying but it also takes up an entire day. I suppose if you're not pressed for time, it's do-able.
NewGirl asked about: "an easy way to get from SF to Vegas (preferably coach or train)."
Not really. It's six hundred miles. You should consider going by air.
Here's "A bit of non-gambling Las Vegas: geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/LasVegas.html
The "Don't-miss sights in San Francisco" page geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/Sights.html has enough to keep you busy for nine twelve-hour days. It includes links to your best source of advice on where to eat here, the UseNet Group ba.food, and the quite-good sfSurvey.
The best on-line map of San Francisco is an inter-active PDF: geocities.com/iconoc/Grafix/MuniMap.gif. Click on it to get the *.PDF. I recommend 150-200% magnification. A creation of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, it includes all of its routes.
The frequently-updated SPECIAL EVENTS page has irregularly-scheduled music and dances as well as links to seven calendars of regularly-scheduled dances, a composite of five of them, and one of dance cruises and events around the world: geocities.com/dancefest/Specials.html#t
Thanks so much for your help everyone! I had the same problem with Amtrak and thought that I was just doing something wrong...
Looks as though, for the sake of speed and convenience, flying may be the best option.
Thanks also for the article on non-gambling Las Vegas - the Aussie dollar probably won't allow me to gamble much at all!
NewGirl lamented: "the Aussie dollar probably won't allow me to gamble much at all!"
You might be suprised. Most casinos have very good exchange rates.
You can get some cheap airfares in the US. Last month I flew from SF to Vegas on Ted (a branch on United Airlines). Check out the prices online directly with the airlines, way cheaper than booking with a travel agent in Australia.
Yeah, the dollar is dropping. It dropped 5 cents from the start til the end of my trip last month!
Tip for vegas - the drinks, including spirits, are free when you gamble (unlike the casinos here). Have fun!
If you're going to be in the States for a while, and if you're travelling with someone, it could be worth looking at renting a car.
We always do because of the freedom it gives you to get off the beaten track and linger longer when you feel like it etc.
For example - a drive from SF to Yosemite, then down to Vegas through Death Valley over three or four days is a wonderful drive.
And you can rent a car very cost effectively from Aus via the UK believe it or not. Let us know if you're interested and we'll give you the good oil.