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

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Fly to San Diego  •  7h 24m

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

$44 - $325

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Fly to Los Angeles  •  8h 3m

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

$50 - $281

Fly to San Francisco  •  8h 1m

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

$115 - $615

Fly to San Jose  •  8h 7m

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

$127 - $618

Fly to Sacramento  •  8h 11m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Sacramento (SMF) BOS - SMF

$70 - $313

Fly to Long Beach  •  8h 52m

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

$124 - $352

Train  •  2 days 18h

  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 Southwest Chief

$303 - $423

Bus  •  3 days 1h

  1. Take the bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY Peter Pan / ...
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Los Angeles, Ca 1683

$309 - $431

Drive  •  47h 53m

  1. Drive from Boston to Los Angeles 3034.6 miles

$290 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Boston to California is to fly which costs $45 - $290 and takes 8h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to California is to fly which costs $40 - $330 and takes 7h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Boston station to California. However, there are services departing from South Station, Boston, MA and arriving at 5th / San Pedro via New York, Ny and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 1h.

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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 via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18h.

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The distance between Boston and California is 2553 miles. The road distance is 3034.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to California without a car is to train which takes 2 days 18h and costs $300 - $430.

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It takes approximately 7h 24m to get from Boston to California, including transfers.

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Boston to California bus services, operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines, depart from South Station, Boston, MA.

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Boston to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to California is to fly which takes 7h 24m and costs $40 - $330. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $300 - $430 and takes 2 days 18h, you could also bus, which costs $300 - $440 and takes 3 days 1h.

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Map of how to get from Boston to California.
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  • Distance: 2552.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 24m

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

Alaska Airlines, Inc., JetBlue Airways and four 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 18h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 31m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $450
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $460
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
12h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Boston to San Francisco via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Boston to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $410
Flights from Boston to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,900
Flights from Boston to Long Beach via Austin
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,900
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Boston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Boston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Boston to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Nashville
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Boston to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Boston to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
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
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$200 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $310
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
43h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$460 - $650
Bus operators
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
peterpanbus.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 Boston South Buses to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from New York, Ny to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 20h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$280 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$280 - $380
Flexible
$390 - $550

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 55m.

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

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California is 3h behind Boston. It is currently 10:26 PM in Boston and 7:26 PM in California.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to California is 3035 miles. It takes approximately 47h 53m to drive from Boston to California.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Boston Airport to San Diego Airport.

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Book your Boston to California train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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There are eight+ 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 0 min and costs $1 - $11.

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