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from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

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Travel Information between Chicago and San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance1849 miles (2983 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$101 - $294
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $101 (€84) • 4 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $101 (€84) • 4 h 30 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, frontier airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 1849 miles (2983 km) from Chicago to San Francisco, CA. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Greyhound, frontier airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

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How do I reach San Francisco, CA from Chicago?

There are 3 travel options from Chicago to San Francisco, CA: bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA?

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around $101 (€84) compared to other travel options to San Francisco, CA:

A flight is generally $193 (€161) less than a bus for the same route. Taking a bus costs on average $294 (€245) from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

Taking a flight is usually $53 (€44) less than taking a train to San Francisco, CA, which costs on average $153 (€128) for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to travel between Chicago and San Francisco, CA?

The quickest way to travel between Chicago and San Francisco, CA is by flight, which takes on average 4 h 30 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 55 h 45 min.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 53 h.

What is the distance between Chicago and San Francisco, CA?

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

How many services a day are there to San Francisco, CA from Chicago?

The average frequency per day from Chicago to San Francisco, CA is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Chicago to San Francisco, CA as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Chicago and San Francisco, CA, where do I depart from Chicago and where do I arrive in San Francisco, CA?

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

    Which travel operators can get me to San Francisco, CA from Chicago?

    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 $294 (€245).
    • Frontier airlines can get you to San Francisco, CA by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with frontier airlines from Chicago to San Francisco, CA for $101 (€84) 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 $153 (€128) on Omio.
    What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Chicago to San Francisco, CA?
    Omio customers who travel from Chicago to San Francisco, CA often also extend their vacation to go to Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between San Francisco, CA and these popular destinations at a great price.
    How far in advance should I purchase tickets to San Francisco, CA from Chicago online to get the best deals?

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

    • A bus ticket is costing on average $294 (€245) one way for this trip.
    • A plane ticket for this journey is costing $101 (€84) one way on average.
    • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $153 (€128) one way.

    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.