There are 9 ways to get from Detroit to California by plane, train, bus 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 to San Diego  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to San Diego (SAN) DTW - SAN

$184 - $655

Cheapest option

Fly to Los Angeles  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX) DTW - LAX

$128 - $350

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Fly to Oakland  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Oakland (OAK) DTW - OAK

$211 - $323

Fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to San Francisco (SFO) DTW - SFO

$178 - $461

Fly to Santa Ana  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Santa Ana (SNA) DTW - SNA

$211 - $521

Train  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Wolverine
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief

$321 - $978

Bus via Chicago, Il  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca 1351

$232 - $625

Bus  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Dayton Trotwood, Oh 1105
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$227 - $613

Drive  •  35 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Los Angeles 2319.3 miles

$220 - $330

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to California is to fly which costs $120 - $350 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to California is to fly which costs $180 - $700 and takes 6 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to California. However, there are services departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at 5th / Wall via Harrison & Jefferson, Chicago, Il and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 6 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Detroit to California station. However, there are services departing from Detroit Amtrak and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via Chicago Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 1 h.

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The distance between Detroit and California is 1939 miles. The road distance is 2319.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to California without a car is to train which takes 2 days 1 h and costs $320 - $1,000.

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It takes approximately 6 h 53 min to get from Detroit to California, including transfers.

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Detroit to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Detroit, Mi station.

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Detroit to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Detroit Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Detroit to California is to fly which takes 6 h 53 min and costs $180 - $700. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $320 - $1,000 and takes 2 days 1 h, you could also bus, which costs $230 - $650 and takes 2 days 6 h.

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Map of how to get from Detroit to California.
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  • Distance: 1939.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 53 min

What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and California, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Detroit to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago Union Station Amtrak in around 2 days 1 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Detroit to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
43 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice 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 Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $40
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
Greyhound USA
Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
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 Detroit, Mi to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550

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