How to travel from San Diego to Chicago

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Travel Information from San Diego to Chicago

distanceDistance1726 miles (2784 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$189 - $343
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $189 (€181) • 46 h 49 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $343 (€329) • 4 h
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 1726 miles (2784 km) between San Diego and Chicago. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $189 (€181). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Greyhound, Spirit Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from San Diego to Chicago.

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There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Chicago: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Chicago from San Diego is by taking a train, which costs on average $189 (€181).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Chicago:

A train is $50 (€48) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from San Diego to Chicago costing on average $239 (€229).

A train is $154 (€148) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from San Diego to Chicago costing on average $343 (€329).

The fastest way to get to Chicago from San Diego is by flight with an average travel time of 4 h.

Other travel options to Chicago can usually take longer:

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

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 46 h 49 min   of travel time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Travel with Greyhound to go to Chicago by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Greyhound San Diego to Chicago tickets on Omio for $239 (€229).
    • Spirit Airlines can take you to Chicago by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Spirit Airlines from San Diego to Chicago for $343 (€329).
    • Travel with Amtrak for trains to Chicago. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Amtrak San Diego to Chicago tickets on Omio for $189 (€181).
    Omio customers who travel from San Diego to Chicago often also extend their vacation to go to New York City, London or Paris. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Chicago and these popular destinations at a great price.

    Before traveling from San Diego to Chicago, 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 journey is costing $239 (€229) one way on average.
    • A plane ticket costs $343 (€329) one way on average for this trip.
    • A train ticket costs $189 (€181) one way on average for this journey.

    But we recommend booking San Diego to Chicago 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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