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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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Travel Information from Chicago to San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance1849 miles (2983 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$154 - $319
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $154 (€123) • 53 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $173 (€138) • 4 h 36 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 1849 miles (2983 km) between Chicago and San Francisco, CA. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 36 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $154 (€123). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Greyhound, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Chicago to San Francisco, CA.

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What are the ways to get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA?

You can travel to San Francisco, CA from Chicago 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.

How do I get from Chicago to San Francisco, CA the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to travel from Chicago to San Francisco, CA is by taking a train with an average price of $154 (€123).

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

Taking a train is about $165 (€132) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $319 (€255) for this journey.

Taking a train is usually $19 (€15) less than taking a flight to San Francisco, CA, which costs on average $173 (€138) for the same trip.

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

The quickest way to travel to San Francisco, CA from Chicago is by flight, which takes on average 4 h 36 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 55 h 15 min   of travel time.

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

What is the distance from Chicago to San Francisco, CA?

San Francisco, CA is approximately 1849 miles (2983 km) away from Chicago.

Where do I depart from Chicago? Where do I arrive in San Francisco, CA?

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

    Who can get me 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:

    • Travel with Greyhound for buses to San Francisco, CA. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Greyhound Chicago to San Francisco, CA tickets on Omio for $319 (€255).
    • Alaska Airlines can get you to San Francisco, CA by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Alaska Airlines from Chicago to San Francisco, CA for $173 (€138) on Omio.
    • Travel with Amtrak for trains to San Francisco, CA. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Amtrak Chicago to San Francisco, CA tickets on Omio for $154 (€123).
    Can I travel directly from Chicago to San Francisco, CA?

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

    • You'll find direct buses with.
    • You'll find direct flights with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines or United.
    • You'll find direct trains with.

    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.

    Where else should I travel to after my journey to San Francisco, CA from Chicago ends?
    Looking to extend your trip from Chicago to San Francisco, CA? Many Omio customers who go from Chicago to San Francisco, CA usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin. If you're looking to explore Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin from San Francisco, CA, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
    How far in advance should I purchase my Chicago to San Francisco, CA one way ticket online to get the best deals?

    When planning your trip from Chicago to San Francisco, CA, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Bus tickets cost on average $319 (€255) one way.
    • Plane tickets cost on average $173 (€138) one way.
    • Train tickets are costing $154 (€123) one way on average.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from Chicago to San Francisco, CA online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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