How to travel from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL

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Travel Information to Chicago, IL from San Diego, CA

distanceDistance1726 miles (2784 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$74 - $221
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $74 (€63) • 3 h 54 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $74 (€63) • 3 h 54 min
carriersPopular travel companiesUnited or Amtrak

Travel 1726 miles (2784 km) by train, bus or flight from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or train from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL.

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from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL

How to get from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL by train, bus or flight.

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bus

The best way to travel from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

FlixBus
02:30AM57h30
San Diego, CA
12:00PMChicago, IL
$2111One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixBus
02:30AM57h30
San Diego, CA
12:00PMChicago, IL
$2111One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
FlixBus
02:30AM57h30
San Diego, CA
12:00PMChicago, IL
$2111One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Greyhound
01:40PM58h45
San Diego, CA
12:25AMChicago, IL
$2511One-way
0 transfers
Greyhound
03:35AM64h40
San Diego, CA
08:15PMChicago, IL
$3401One-way
0 transfers

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Travel on Amtrak, United and American Airlines travel from San Diego to Chicago at great prices. Omio finds you travel times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies all in one place.

Amtrak is the main travel company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak travel running daily, you can travel by travel across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela travel for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your travel journey between San Diego and Chicago, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

    American Airlines is one of the leading airlines in the USA and the world; they offer Main Cabin, Business and First Class tickets for your travel between San Diego and Chicago.

      FAQs: Travel from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL

      FAQs: Travel to Chicago, IL 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 San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL.
      FAQs

      There are 3 ways to get from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL: train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to go to Chicago, IL from San Diego, CA is by taking a flight, which costs on average $74 (€63).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL:

      Taking a flight costs $103 (€88) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $176 (€152) for the same trip.

      A flight is $148 (€127) less than a train with an average ticket price of $221 (€191) from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL.

      The fastest way from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL is by flight with an average journey time of 3 h 54 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Chicago, IL that take longer:

      Bus takes on average 48 h.

      Train takes 46 h 40 min on average.

      You should expect to travel around 1726 miles (2784 km) between San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL.

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

      • 1 bus per day.
      • Around 1 train per day.

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

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

        Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL:

        • You can travel by plane to Chicago, IL from San Diego, CA with United, Spirit Airlines or American Airlines, and you can find Spirit Airlines San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL tickets for $74 (€63) on Omio.
        • You can travel by train to Chicago, IL from San Diego, CA with Amtrak, and you can find Amtrak San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL tickets for $221 (€191) on Omio.

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

        • Direct services by plane with.
        • Take a direct train with.

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

        Your trip from San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL doesn't have to end in Chicago, IL. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like San Francisco, CA, Indianapolis, IN, New York, NY, Milwaukee, WI or Champaign, IL. If you’d like to add San Francisco, CA, Indianapolis, IN, New York, NY, Milwaukee, WI or Champaign, IL to your San Diego, CA to Chicago, IL tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Chicago, IL today!
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