There are 8 ways to get from Columbus to San Francisco by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Columbus to Oakland  •  7h 31m

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Oakland (OAK) CMH - OAK

$222 - $964

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Bus to Covington, fly to San Francisco  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Cincinnati, OH
  2. Fly from Covington (CVG) to San Francisco (SFO) CVG - SFO

$136 - $696

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Fly Columbus to San Francisco  •  7h 35m

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

$208 - $612

Fly Columbus to San Jose  •  10h 45m

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to San Jose (SJC) CMH - SJC

$253 - $895

Bus to Cleveland, fly to San Francisco  •  10h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
  2. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to San Francisco (SFO) CLE - SFO

$183 - $694

Bus  •  2 days 9h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv 1675
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca 6774

$260 - $362

Bus, train  •  2 days 13h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL Columbus / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak California Zephyr

$245 - $403

Drive  •  37h 48m

  1. Drive from Columbus to San Francisco 2458.6 miles

$240 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to San Francisco is to bus and fly which costs $180 - $700 and takes 10h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to San Francisco is to fly which costs $220 - $1,000 and takes 7h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Columbus to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Columbus, Oh and arriving at Salesforce Transit Center via Las Vegas, Nv and Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 9h.

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The distance between Columbus and San Francisco is 2121 miles. The road distance is 2458.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 9h and costs $260 - $370.

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It takes approximately 7h 31m to get from Columbus to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Columbus to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Columbus, Oh station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7h 31m and costs $220 - $1,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $260 - $370 and takes 2 days 9h.

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The quickest flight from Columbus Airport to Oakland Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 25m.

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Columbus to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oakland, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2121.1 miles
  • Duration: 7h 31m

What companies run services between Columbus, OH, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Columbus to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Columbus to San Francisco via Las Vegas, Nv, Oakland, Ca, and Thomas L Berkley Way in around 2 days 9h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $3,000
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $3,000
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $2,000
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $2,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Covington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Covington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,700
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,700
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,600
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
Flights from Cleveland to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
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 Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$550 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700
Bus operators
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Cincinnati, OH
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Book at
baronsbus.com
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 Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
42h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$190 - $270
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$190 - $270
Flexible
$270 - $400
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $90
Flexible
$95 - $140

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San Francisco is 3h behind Columbus. It is currently 8:29 PM in Columbus and 5:29 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to San Francisco is 2459 miles. It takes approximately 37h 48m to drive from Columbus to San Francisco.

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Delta, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to Oakland Airport.

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There are 627+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Columbus Airport is to bus which takes 21 min and costs $2 - $3.

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