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There are 7 ways to get from Columbus to San Francisco 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  •  6h 47m

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

$209 - $614

Cheapest option

Night bus to Covington, fly to San Francisco  •  9h 40m

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

$135 - $699

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Fly Columbus to Oakland  •  7h 14m

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

$223 - $966

Fly Columbus to San Jose  •  10h 30m

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

$274 - $909

Bus  •  2 days 7h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv 1675
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas Downtown to San Francisco FlixBus

$212 - $505

Bus, train  •  2 days 14h

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

$325 - $1,001

Drive  •  37h 48m

  1. Drive from Columbus to San Francisco 2460.5 miles

$240 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to San Francisco is to night bus and fly which costs $130 - $700 and takes 9h 40m.

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

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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 San Francisco via Bonanza @ Bruce and Las Vegas Downtown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7h.

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The distance between Columbus and San Francisco is 2121 miles. The road distance is 2460.5 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 7h and costs $210 - $550.

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It takes approximately 6h 47m 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 6h 47m and costs $200 - $650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $210 - $550 and takes 2 days 7h.

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

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Columbus to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2121.1 miles
  • Duration: 6h 47m

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

United Airlines, Delta 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, Bonanza @ Bruce, BTC Bay #10, and Las Vegas Downtown in around 2 days 7h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $3,000
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $3,000
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$420 - $3,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Covington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 51m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Covington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 38m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Columbus to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,700
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Columbus to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Covington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Covington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
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
Twice 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

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
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
42h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $310
Flexible
$360 - $470
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Las Vegas Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Francisco is 3h behind Columbus. It is currently 5:06 PM in Columbus and 2:06 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to San Francisco is 2460 miles. It takes approximately 37h 48m to drive from Columbus to San Francisco.

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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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There are 615+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Columbus Airport is to bus which takes 10m and costs $3 - $5.

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