How to travel from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

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from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

You can get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA on Oct 05 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:00PMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h40 08:40PMSan Francisco International Airport, CA
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05:53PMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h45 08:38PMSan Francisco International Airport, CA
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08:42AMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h45 11:27AMSan Francisco International Airport, CA
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08:55AMO'Hare International Airport, IL4h45 11:40AMSan Francisco International Airport, CA
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Travel Information from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance1849 miles (2983 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$220 - $369
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $220 (€211) • 53 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $369 (€354) • 4 h 28 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, United or Amtrak

Travel 1849 miles (2983 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train from Chicago to San Francisco, CA. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 28 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $220 (€211). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Greyhound, United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

Travel Tips: Travel from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

Travel Tips: Travel to San Francisco, CA easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.
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There are 4 travel options from Chicago to San Francisco, CA: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to travel to San Francisco, CA from Chicago is by taking a train with an average price of $220 (€211).

This is compared to other travel options to San Francisco, CA:

Taking a train is usually $55 (€53) less than taking a bus to San Francisco, CA, which costs on average $275 (€264) for the same trip.

A train is generally $149 (€143) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $369 (€354) from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

The fastest way from Chicago to San Francisco, CA is by flight with an average journey time of 4 h 28 min.

There are alternative travel options to San Francisco, CA that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 55 h 25 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to San Francisco, CA by train can take on average 53 h.

The Chicago to San Francisco, CA distance is around 1849 miles (2983 km).

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Chicago to San Francisco, CA:

    If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Chicago to San Francisco, CA, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

    • Greyhound can take you to San Francisco, CA by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Greyhound from Chicago to San Francisco, CA for $275 (€264).
    • United can get you to San Francisco, CA by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with United from Chicago to San Francisco, CA for $369 (€354) on Omio.
    • Amtrak can get you to San Francisco, CA by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco, CA for $220 (€211) on Omio.

    Yes, there are direct services available from Chicago to San Francisco, CA with the following travel companies:

    • You can travel directly by plane with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines or United.

    Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to San Francisco, CA as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

    Many of our customers traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, CA don't make San Francisco, CA their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after San Francisco, CA are Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from San Francisco, CA to any of these top destinations today!

    Before traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, CA, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

    • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $275 (€264) one way on average.
    • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $369 (€354) one way on average.
    • A train ticket for this journey is costing $220 (€211) one way on average.

    But we recommend booking Chicago to San Francisco, CA tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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