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 58 min

  1. DTW - SAN

$184 - $655

Cheapest option

Fly to Los Angeles  •  7 h 36 min

  1. DTW - LAX

$130 - $353

7 alternative options

Fly to Oakland  •  7 h 22 min

  1. DTW - OAK

$211 - $323

Fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 31 min

  1. DTW - SFO

$178 - $461

Fly to Santa Ana  •  8 h 42 min

  1. DTW - SNA

$226 - $545

Train  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Wolverine
  2. Southwest Chief

$321 - $978

Bus  •  2 days 6 h

  1. 1105
  2. 1683

$227 - $613

Bus via Chicago, Il  •  2 days 15 h

  1. 1351

$222 - $595

Drive  •  35 h 54 min

  1. 2319.3 miles

$220 - $330

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

Delta, Spirit 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 Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 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 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Detroit to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 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 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 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 15 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 USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
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
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Detroit and California is 3103 km. The road distance is 3711 km.

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to California is to fly which costs $130 - $360 and takes 7 h 36 min.

The quickest way to get from Detroit to California is to fly which takes 6 h 58 min and costs $180 - $700.

No, there is no direct train from Detroit to California. 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.

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to California. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at Spring & 2nd via Dayton Trotwood, Oh and Main & 6th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 6 h.

It takes approximately 6 h 58 min to get from Detroit to California, including transfers.