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There are 5 ways to get from Berlin to San Francisco by plane, train or subway

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Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco  •  17h 24m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to San Francisco (SFO) BER - SFO

$262 - $558

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Fly Berlin Tegel to San Francisco  •  18h 52m

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to San Francisco (SFO) TXL - SFO

$264 - $718

Train to Dresden, fly to San Francisco  •  19h 16m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to San Francisco (SFO) DRS - SFO

$377 - $1,001

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose, BART  •  21h 11m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to San Jose (SJC) BER - SJC
  2. Take the BART from Milpitas to Powell Street

$344 - $1,171

Train to Frankfurt, fly to San Francisco  •  18h 33m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to San Francisco (SFO) FRA - SFO

$439 - $779

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The most affordable way to get from Berlin to San Francisco is to fly, which costs 210€ - 460€ and takes 17h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to San Francisco is to fly which costs 210€ - 460€ and takes 17h 24m.

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The distance between Berlin and San Francisco is 5691 miles.

It takes approximately 17h 24m to get from Berlin to San Francisco, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to San Francisco Airport. The quickest flight takes 14h and has one stopover.

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San Francisco is 9h behind Berlin. It is currently 11:12 PM in Berlin and 2:12 PM in San Francisco.

British Airways, KLM, Swiss and three other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 2323+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs 3€ - 50€.

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  • Distance: 5690.6 miles
  • Duration: 17h 24m

What companies run services between Berlin, Germany and San Francisco, CA, USA?

British Airways, Lufthansa and nine other airlines fly from Berlin Hbf to San Francisco hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
19h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
19h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt, Denver
Ave. Duration
19h 31m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,000
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Newark, Denver
Ave. Duration
19h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Newark, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
20h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Frankfurt, Denver
Ave. Duration
19h 34m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Munich, Denver
Ave. Duration
21h 24m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,200
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$700 - $2,100
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,200
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
14h 56m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $2,000
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
15h 13m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,000
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
15h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$700 - $2,000
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
19h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Berlin Tegel to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
18h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Berlin Tegel to San Francisco via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Berlin Tegel to San Francisco via Munich, Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
22h 54m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Berlin Tegel to San Francisco via Munich, Newark
Ave. Duration
23h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,000
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$700 - $2,100
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
16h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Amsterdam Schiphol, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
17h 34m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Amsterdam Schiphol, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
17h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Paris CDG, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
19h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Amsterdam Schiphol, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
19h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Paris CDG, Seattle
Ave. Duration
19h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Amsterdam Schiphol, Seattle
Ave. Duration
19h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Paris CDG, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
20h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Seattle
Ave. Duration
16h 19m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,800
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,100
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
15h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $3,500
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$650 - $1,700
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
14h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt, Toronto
Ave. Duration
19h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Dresden to San Francisco via Frankfurt, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
19h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$700 - $2,000
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
14h 56m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $2,000
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
15h 13m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,000
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Amsterdam Schiphol, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
17h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Amsterdam Schiphol, Seattle
Ave. Duration
19h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
16h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Paris CDG, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
20h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
15h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $3,500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via Zurich
Ave. Duration
15h 20m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,500
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Zurich
Ave. Duration
16h
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$700 - $2,000
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to San Francisco via Munich, Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to San Francisco via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
13h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,800
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Francisco via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,900
Icelandair
Website
icelandair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Seattle
Ave. Duration
16h 22m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to San Jose via Frankfurt, Seattle
Ave. Duration
16h 4m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,100
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
Railjet
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Milpitas to Powell Street
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
Deutsche Bahn

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