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There are 9 ways to get from Boston to California by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to San Diego  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to San Diego (SAN) BOS - SAN

$154 - $709

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Fly to Los Angeles  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) BOS - LAX

$152 - $486

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Fly to San Francisco  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO) BOS - SFO

$158 - $465

Fly to San Jose  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to San Jose (SJC) BOS - SJC

$157 - $564

Fly to Long Beach  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Long Beach (LGB) BOS - LGB

$194 - $608

Fly to Burbank  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Burbank (BUR) BOS - BUR

$197 - $763

Train  •  2 days 17 h

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief / ...

$406 - $1,239

Bus  •  3 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Boston, MA to Newark Penn Station Boston
  2. Take the bus from Newark, Nj to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$279 - $740

Drive  •  47 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Boston to Los Angeles 3034.3 miles

$290 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Boston to California is to fly which costs $150 - $470 and takes 8 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to California is to fly which costs $150 - $750 and takes 8 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Boston to California. However, there are services departing from Boston, MA and arriving at Main / 1st via Newark, Nj and Main / 7th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 0 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Boston station to California station. However, there are services departing from Boston South Station and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 17 h.

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The distance between Boston and California is 2553 miles. The road distance is 3034.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to California without a car is to train which takes 2 days 17 h and costs $400 - $1,300.

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It takes approximately 8 h 20 min to get from Boston to California, including transfers.

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Boston to California bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from Boston, MA station.

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Boston to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to California is to fly which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $150 - $750. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $400 - $1,300 and takes 2 days 17 h, you could also bus, which costs $270 - $750 and takes 3 days 0 h.

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Map of how to get from Boston to California.
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  • Distance: 2552.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 20 min

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and California, USA?

JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and five other airlines fly from Boston to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Boston to Los Angeles via Chicago Union Station in around 2 days 17 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Newark
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Boston to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Hayden
Ave. Duration
10 h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
10 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Fort Lauderdale
Ave. Duration
10 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Burbank
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from Boston to Burbank via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
8 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to Burbank via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $2,100
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 11 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,600
Flights from Boston to Burbank via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 54 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,800
Flights from Boston to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,500
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,700
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
21 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Business Coach Seat
$280 - $390
Room
$500 - $750
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
43 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,500
Bus operators
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Boston, MA to Newark Penn Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $40
Website
boltbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Newark, Nj to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 18 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$260 - $430
Flexible
$500 - $700

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 6 h 31 min.

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Boston to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angls Amtrak, Ca station.

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California is 3 h behind Boston. It is currently 2:21 PM in Boston and 11:21 AM in California.

Boston to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to California is 3034 miles. It takes approximately 47 h 43 min to drive from Boston to California.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from Boston Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in California. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 11 min and costs $2 - $6.

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