There are 5 ways to get from Detroit to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  7 h 8 min

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

$184 - $655

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Train  •  2 days 3 h

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

$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 11 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

$266 - $612

Drive  •  36 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to San Diego 2381.4 miles

$230 - $340

Questions & Answers

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 via Chicago Union Station and Fullerton Transportation Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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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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The best way to get from Detroit to San Diego without a car is to train which takes 2 days 3 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 8 min to get from Detroit to San Diego, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to San Diego is to fly which takes 7 h 8 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 days 3 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 2 days 7 h.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 51 min.

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Detroit to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Detroit to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 1980 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 8 min

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

Delta, Southwest 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 and Fullerton Transportation Center in around 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
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 to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
42 h 4 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
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 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

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 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 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 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
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 - $80
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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San Diego is 3 h behind Detroit. It is currently 6:56 AM in Detroit and 3:56 AM in San Diego.

Detroit to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to San Diego is 2381 miles. It takes approximately 36 h 56 min to drive from Detroit to San Diego.

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Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Detroit Airport to San Diego Airport.

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Book your Detroit to San Diego train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Detroit to San Diego bus tickets online with Greyhound, Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 1106+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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