There are 5 ways to get from Detroit to San Diego 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  •  6 h 55 min

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

$184 - $655

4 alternative options

Train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
  3. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak

$351 - $1,043

Bus  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to San Bernardino, Ca
  3. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to San Diego, Ca

$238 - $617

Bus via Blythe, Ca  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Blythe, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Blythe to San Diego

$256 - $587

Drive  •  36 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to San Diego 2381.4 miles

$230 - $340

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The cheapest way to get from Detroit to San Diego is to fly which costs $180 - $700 and takes 6 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to San Diego is to fly which costs $180 - $700 and takes 6 h 55 min.

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The distance between Detroit and San Diego is 1980 miles. The road distance is 2381.4 miles.

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It takes approximately 6 h 55 min to get from Detroit to San Diego, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Chicago, Il and San Bernardino, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Detroit to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Detroit Amtrak and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak via Chicago Union Station Amtrak and Fullerton Transportation Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

Delta, Spirit Airlines and three other airlines fly from Detroit to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Union Station Amtrak and Fullerton Transportation Center in around 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
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
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 Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
41 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,400
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Chicago, Il to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
46 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$190 - $500
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$190 - $330
Flexible
$380 - $500
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Chicago, Il to Blythe, Ca
Ave. Duration
43 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$180 - $460
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $300
Flexible
$350 - $460
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Blythe to San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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