Directions from Chicago to San Francisco

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Recommended option

Fly Chicago Midway to Oakland  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Oakland (OAK) MDW - OAK

$152 - $615

Cheapest option

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) ORD - SFO

$78 - $324

7 alternative options

Fly Chicago Midway to San Francisco  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Francisco (SFO) MDW - SFO

$148 - $403

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Oakland  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Oakland (OAK) ORD - OAK

$112 - $396

Fly Chicago Midway to San Jose, Caltrain  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Jose (SJC) MDW - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$182 - $437

Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Jose, Caltrain  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Jose (SJC) ORD - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$152 - $468

Train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak California Zephyr

$299 - $883

Bus  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca 1351
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6860 / ...

$243 - $609

Drive  •  32 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to San Francisco 2144.4 miles

$210 - $310

Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago and San Francisco is 2985 km. The road distance is 3431 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Francisco is to fly which costs $75 - $330 and takes 6 h 57 min.

The quickest way to get from Chicago to San Francisco is to fly which takes 6 h 41 min and costs $140 - $410.

No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 8 h.

It takes approximately 6 h 43 min to get from Chicago to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to San Francisco once daily. Tickets cost $290 - $900 and the journey takes 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Reno
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 36 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$290 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Coach Seat
$600 - $900
Room
$1,100 - $1,600
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
47 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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