There are 9 ways to get from California to Montana by plane, bus, train, night 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 Francisco to Bozeman  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bozeman (BZN) SFO - BZN

$211 - $508

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Fly Los Angeles to Kalispell  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Kalispell (FCA) LAX - FCA

$135 - $643

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Fly Sacramento to Billings  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Billings (BIL) SMF - BIL

$270 - $1,124

Fly Los Angeles to Bozeman  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Bozeman (BZN) LAX - BZN

$171 - $668

Fly Long Beach to Bozeman  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Bozeman (BZN) LGB - BZN

$206 - $811

Fly Sacramento to Butte  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Butte (BTM) SMF - BTM

$253 - $1,303

Bus  •  36 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Grand Junction, Co
  2. Take the bus from Grand Junction, Co to Denver, Co
  3. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Buffalo, WY
  4. Take the bus from Buffalo, WY to Billings, MT 701

$222 - $438

Train, bus, night bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Portland Union Station
  2. Take the train from Portland Union Station to Spokane Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Spokane, Wa to Missoula, Mt
  4. Take the night bus from Missoula, MT to Billings, MT 942

$302 - $776

Drive  •  20 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Billings 1247 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from California to Montana is to drive which costs $120 - $180 and takes 20 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from California to Montana is to fly which costs $210 - $550 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from California to Montana. However, there are services departing from Grand / 2nd and arriving at Billings, MT via Los Angeles, Ca, Grand Junction, Co, Denver, CO and Buffalo, WY. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 36 min.

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The distance between California and Montana is 877 miles. The road distance is 1247 miles.

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The best way to get from California to Montana without a car is to bus which takes 36 h 36 min and costs $220 - $440.

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It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to get from California to Montana, including transfers.

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California to Montana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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The best way to get from California to Montana is to fly which takes 4 h 1 min and costs $210 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $440 and takes 36 h 36 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Bozeman Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 21 min.

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California to Montana bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Billings, MT station.

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Map of how to get from California to Montana.
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  • Distance: 877.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 1 min

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

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Delta fly from San Francisco to Bozeman every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles to Billings via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, Grand Junction, Co, Denver, Co, Denver, CO, and Buffalo, WY in around 36 h 36 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Sacramento to Billings via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Sacramento to Billings via Los Angeles, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
Flights from Long Beach to Bozeman via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Kalispell
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Kalispell via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,500
Flights from Sacramento to Butte via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Sacramento to Butte via Los Angeles, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Sacramento to Butte via Seattle, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Sacramento to Billings via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Kalispell via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,900
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Portland
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Bozeman via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Sacramento to Billings via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Sacramento to Billings via Portland
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to Bozeman via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
Flights from Los Angeles to Kalispell via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,500
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Bozeman
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Portland Union Station
Ave. Duration
29 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Coach Seat
$320 - $460
Room
$600 - $850
Train from Portland Union Station to Spokane Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Room
$270 - $380
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 Los Angeles, Ca to Grand Junction, Co
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Grand Junction, Co to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Bus from Spokane, Wa to Missoula, Mt
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$26 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Express Arrow
Phone
877-779-2999
Website
expressarrow.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Buffalo, WY
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
expressarrow.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Buffalo, WY to Billings, MT
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Missoula, MT to Billings, MT
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Montana is 1 h ahead of California. It is currently 7:58 AM in California and 8:58 AM in Montana.

Yes, the driving distance between California to Montana is 1247 miles. It takes approximately 20 h 11 min to drive from California to Montana.

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United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Delta offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Bozeman Airport.

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The best way to get from California to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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