There are 10 ways to get from California to Michigan 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.

Recommended option

Fly San Diego to Detroit  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Detroit (DTW) SAN - DTW

$198 - $672

Cheapest option

Fly Los Angeles to Detroit  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Detroit (DTW) LAX - DTW

$142 - $368

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Fly San Francisco to Detroit  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Detroit (DTW) SFO - DTW

$192 - $478

Fly Oakland to Detroit  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Detroit (DTW) OAK - DTW

$225 - $340

Fly San Diego to Grand Rapids  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Grand Rapids (GRR) SAN - GRR

$226 - $556

Fly Santa Ana to Detroit  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Detroit (DTW) SNA - DTW

$238 - $556

Train  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Detroit Amtrak Wolverine

$327 - $950

Bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from El Monte, Ca to Dayton Trotwood, Oh 1684
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Detroit, Mi 1192 / ...

$226 - $615

Bus via Chicago, Il  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from El Monte, Ca to Chicago, Il 1364
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Wyoming & Michigan 5500

$233 - $580

Drive  •  36 h

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Detroit 2310.7 miles

$220 - $330

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from California to Michigan is to fly which costs $140 - $370 and takes 6 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from California to Michigan is to fly which costs $190 - $700 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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The distance between California and Michigan is 1858 miles. The road distance is 2310.7 miles.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from California to Michigan, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from California to Michigan. However, there are services departing from Spring St and 1st St E and arriving at Detroit, Mi via El Monte, Ca and Dayton Trotwood, Oh. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5 h.

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The nearest airport to Michigan is Saginaw (MBS) Airport which is 30.4 miles away. Other nearby airports include Flint (FNT) (65.6 miles), Grand Rapids (GRR) (66.8 miles), Traverse City (TVC) (89.7 miles) and Detroit (DTW) (119.2 miles).

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Map of how to get from California to Michigan.
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  • Distance: 1858.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between California, USA and Michigan, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from San Diego to Livonia hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Los Angeles to Detroit via Chicago Union Station Amtrak, Detroit Amtrak, and Woodward & Milwaukee in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
42 h 50 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
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from El Monte, Ca to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
47 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $340
Flexible
$390 - $550
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from El Monte, Ca to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$380 - $500
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Chicago, IL to Wyoming & Michigan
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $40
Online Fare
$35 - $55
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $75

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