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There are 10 ways to get from Columbus to California by plane, night bus, bus, train 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 Columbus to San Francisco  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to San Francisco (SFO) CMH - SFO

$209 - $614

Cheapest option

Night bus to Covington, fly to Los Angeles  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Take the night bus from Columbus, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh
  2. Fly from Covington (CVG) to Los Angeles (LAX) CVG - LAX

$129 - $440

8 alternative options

Fly Columbus to Los Angeles  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Los Angeles (LAX) CMH - LAX

$173 - $555

Fly Columbus to San Diego  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to San Diego (SAN) CMH - SAN

$175 - $368

Fly Columbus to Long Beach  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Long Beach (LGB) CMH - LGB

$245 - $907

Fly Columbus to Burbank  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Burbank (BUR) CMH - BUR

$228 - $472

Fly Columbus to Santa Ana  •  10 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Santa Ana (SNA) CMH - SNA

$272 - $1,024

Bus  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Los Angeles, Ca 1683

$222 - $540

Bus, train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL Columbus / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Southwest Chief

$302 - $946

Drive  •  35 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Los Angeles 2256.5 miles

$220 - $320

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to California is to night bus and fly which costs $120 - $440 and takes 9 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to California is to fly which costs $200 - $650 and takes 6 h 47 min.

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The distance between Columbus and California is 1949 miles. The road distance is 2256.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to California without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 4 h and costs $220 - $550.

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It takes approximately 6 h 47 min to get from Columbus to California, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Columbus to California is to fly which takes 6 h 47 min and costs $200 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $220 - $550 and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest flight from Columbus Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h.

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California is 3 h behind Columbus. It is currently 5:17 AM in Columbus and 2:17 AM in California.

Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to California is 2256 miles. It takes approximately 35 h 16 min to drive from Columbus to California.

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Delta, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to California.
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  • Distance: 1949.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 47 min

What companies run services between Columbus, OH, USA and California, USA?

United Airlines, Delta and three other airlines fly from Columbus to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Columbus to Los Angeles twice daily. Tickets cost $210 - $550 and the journey takes 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Oakland
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Denver, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Chicago Midway, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Nashville, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Chicago Midway, Denver
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Atlanta, Denver
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Oakland
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $2,200
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $2,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$500 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9 h 21 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Chicago O'Hare, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9 h 34 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,200
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$450 - $1,200
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Columbus to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Burbank via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Santa Ana via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Covington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
43 h 10 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
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
Night bus from Columbus, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$210 - $340
Flexible
$400 - $550

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