There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to San Diego 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 from Chicago Midway  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Diego (SAN) MDW - SAN

$174 - $557

Cheapest option

Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Diego (SAN) ORD - SAN

$104 - $398

3 alternative options

Train  •  45 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center Southwest Chief
  2. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$303 - $874

Bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to San Bernardino, Ca 1351
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to San Diego, Ca 7015 / ...

$214 - $536

Drive  •  32 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to San Diego 2114.2 miles

$200 - $300

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Diego is to fly which costs $100 - $400 and takes 6 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to San Diego is to fly which costs $170 - $600 and takes 6 h 3 min.

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The distance between Chicago and San Diego is 1742 miles. The road distance is 2114.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Chicago to San Diego, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at San Diego, Ca via San Bernardino, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station Amtrak and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak via Fullerton Transportation Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45 h 6 min.

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The best way to get from Chicago to San Diego without a car is to train which takes 45 h 6 min and costs $300 - $900.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 1741.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to San Diego via Fullerton Transportation Center in around 45 h 6 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
41 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,400
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
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 Chicago, Il to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
46 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$190 - $500
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$190 - $330
Flexible
$380 - $500
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40

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