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There are 6 ways to get from Detroit to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to San Francisco  •  7h 50m

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

$178 - $461

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Fly to Oakland  •  8h 4m

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

$212 - $323

Fly to San Jose  •  10h 10m

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

$233 - $406

Train  •  2 days 10h

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

$344 - $1,033

Bus  •  2 days 13h

  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 Downtown to San Francisco

$232 - $571

Drive  •  36h 51m

  1. Drive from Detroit to San Francisco 2411.6 miles

$230 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Detroit to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $470 and takes 7h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $470 and takes 7h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at San Francisco via Columbus, Oh, Bonanza @ Bruce and Las Vegas Downtown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 13h.

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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 10h and costs $340 - $1,100.

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It takes approximately 7h 50m 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 7h 50m and costs $170 - $470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $340 - $1,100 and takes 2 days 10h, you could also bus, which costs $230 - $600 and takes 2 days 13h.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 18m.

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Detroit to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Detroit to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2099.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 50m

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 Amtrak, and Richmond in around 2 days 10h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to San Jose
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
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 Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
Twice 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
4h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
42h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$180 - $310
Flexible
$360 - $470
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Las Vegas Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Francisco is 3h behind Detroit. It is currently 5:36 AM in Detroit and 2:36 AM in San Francisco.

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

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

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There are 624+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 54m and costs $2.

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