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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 28 min

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

$104 - $398

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Fly from Chicago Midway  •  6 h 23 min

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

$174 - $557

Train  •  45 h 27 min

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

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Diego is to fly which costs $100 - $400 and takes 6 h 28 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 23 min.

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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 and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Fullerton Transportation Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45 h 27 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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The best way to get from Chicago to San Diego without a car is to train which takes 45 h 27 min and costs $300 - $900.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Chicago to San Diego, including transfers.

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Chicago to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to San Diego is to fly which takes 6 h 28 min and costs $100 - $400. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $300 - $900 and takes 45 h 27 min, you could also bus, which costs $210 - $550 and takes 2 days 1 h.

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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 28 min

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly 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 27 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
42 h 4 min
Frequency
Once 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
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 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
Twice daily
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 18 min.

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Chicago to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego is 2 h behind Chicago. It is currently 4:31 AM in Chicago and 2:31 AM in San Diego.

Chicago to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to San Diego is 2114 miles. It takes approximately 32 h 44 min to drive from Chicago to San Diego.

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Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to San Diego Airport.

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Book your Chicago to San Diego bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 1111+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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