There are 7 ways to get from Detroit to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Detroit to San Francisco  •  7 h 34 min

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

$178 - $461

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Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly to San Francisco  •  12 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) ORD - SFO

$129 - $452

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Fly Detroit to Oakland  •  9 h 23 min

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

$212 - $323

Fly Detroit to San Jose  •  9 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to San Jose (SJC) DTW - SJC

$233 - $406

Train  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Transit Station California Zephyr

$344 - $1,033

Bus  •  2 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Columbus, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv
  3. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca

$269 - $696

Drive  •  36 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to San Francisco 2411.6 miles

$230 - $350

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Columbus, Oh, Las Vegas, Nv and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 14 h.

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The distance between Detroit and San Francisco is 2099 miles. The road distance is 2411.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to San Francisco without a car is to train which takes 2 days 10 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 34 min to get from Detroit to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Detroit to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7 h 34 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 days 10 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 2 days 14 h.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 11 min.

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

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San Francisco is 3 h behind Detroit. It is currently 4:52 PM in Detroit and 1:52 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to San Francisco is 2412 miles. It takes approximately 36 h 51 min to drive from Detroit to San Francisco.

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  • Distance: 2099.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 34 min

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

Delta, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Detroit to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Union Station, Richmond Transit Station, and Richmond BART Station in around 2 days 10 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to San Jose
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
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 Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once 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
Bus from Detroit, Mi to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
42 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $310
Flexible
$360 - $470
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta offer flights from Detroit Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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

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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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