There are 6 ways to get from Detroit to San Francisco 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 Oakland  •  7 h 30 min

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

$212 - $323

Cheapest option

Fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 28 min

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

$178 - $461

4 alternative options

Fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  10 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to San Jose (SJC) DTW - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$192 - $365

Train  •  2 days 10 h

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

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $470 and takes 7 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $470 and takes 7 h 28 min.

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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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It takes approximately 7 h 30 min to get from Detroit to San Francisco, including transfers.

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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, Ca via Columbus, Oh, Las Vegas, Nv and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 14 h.

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

Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Detroit to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Union Station Amtrak, Richmond Transit Station Amtrak, and Richmond in around 2 days 10 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 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 Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 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 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 Richmond Transit Station Amtrak
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
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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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