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There are 9 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.

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Fly San Diego to Detroit  •  6 h 31 min

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

$198 - $672

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Fly Los Angeles to Detroit  •  6 h 31 min

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

$140 - $358

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Fly San Francisco to Detroit  •  6 h 46 min

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

$192 - $478

Fly San Jose to Detroit  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Detroit (DTW) SJC - DTW

$200 - $377

Fly San Diego to Grand Rapids  •  8 h 33 min

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

$222 - $552

Fly Santa Ana to Detroit  •  8 h 17 min

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

$241 - $545

Train  •  2 days 1 h

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

$327 - $950

Bus  •  2 days 6 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

Drive  •  36 h

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Detroit 2310.7 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from California to Michigan is to fly which costs $140 - $360 and takes 6 h 31 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 31 min.

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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 6 h.

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

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The best way to get from California to Michigan without a car is to train which takes 2 days 1 h and costs $320 - $950.

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It takes approximately 6 h 31 min to get from California to Michigan, including transfers.

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California to Michigan bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from El Monte, Ca station.

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The best way to get from California to Michigan is to fly which takes 6 h 31 min and costs $190 - $700. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $320 - $950 and takes 2 days 1 h, you could also bus, which costs $220 - $650 and takes 2 days 6 h.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 24 min.

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California to Michigan bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Detroit, Mi station.

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Map of how to get from California to Michigan.
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  • Distance: 1858.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 31 min

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

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

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 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 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Grand Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Santa Ana to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
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 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

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 El Monte, Ca to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
47 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60

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Michigan is 3 h ahead of California. It is currently 3:15 AM in California and 6:15 AM in Michigan.

Yes, the driving distance between California to Michigan is 2311 miles. It takes approximately 36 h to drive from California to Michigan.

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American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Detroit Airport.

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There are 14+ hotels available in Michigan. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from California to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 20 min and costs $2 - $3.

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