There are 9 ways to get from Houston to California by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to San Diego (SAN) HOU - SAN

$203 - $804

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Fly Houston to Los Angeles  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Los Angeles (LAX) IAH - LAX

$97 - $611

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Fly Houston to San Diego  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to San Diego (SAN) IAH - SAN

$123 - $506

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles  •  6 h

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Los Angeles (LAX) HOU - LAX

$137 - $959

Fly Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) to Santa Ana (SNA) HOU - SNA

$170 - $1,020

Fly Houston to Santa Ana  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Houston (IAH) to Santa Ana (SNA) IAH - SNA

$140 - $972

Bus  •  32 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx 9095 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Antonio, Tx to Los Angeles, Ca 1419

$145 - $380

Train  •  36 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Houston Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Sunset Limited

$200 - $650

Drive  •  24 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Houston to Los Angeles 1554.3 miles

$150 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Houston to California is to fly which costs $95 - $650 and takes 6 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Houston to California is to fly which costs $200 - $850 and takes 5 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Houston to California. However, there are services departing from Houston, Tx and arriving at 5th / San Pedro via San Antonio, Tx and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Houston Amtrak and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak station. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 36 h 40 min.

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The distance between Houston and California is 1438 miles. The road distance is 1554.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Houston to California without a car is to bus which takes 32 h 49 min and costs $140 - $380.

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It takes approximately 5 h 29 min to get from Houston to California, including transfers.

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Houston to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Houston, Tx station.

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Houston to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Houston Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Houston to California is to fly which takes 5 h 29 min and costs $200 - $850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $380 and takes 32 h 49 min, you could also train, which costs $200 - $650 and takes 36 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Houston to California.
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  • Distance: 1438.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 29 min

What companies run services between Houston, TX, USA and California, USA?

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines fly from Houston to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Houston to Los Angeles via San Antonio, Tx, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 32 h 49 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $2,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $2,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to San Diego via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,000
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Los Angeles via Austin
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana via Albuquerque
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Houston Hobby Apt to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Houston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,900
Flights from Houston to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,900
Flights from Houston to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,900
Flights from Houston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Houston to Los Angeles via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Houston to Los Angeles via Austin
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Houston to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,600
Flights from Houston to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Houston to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Houston to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Houston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Houston to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
Flights from Houston to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Houston to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
Flights from Houston to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $950
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 Houston Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
36 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$360 - $550
Business Coach Seat
$430 - $650
Room
$750 - $1,100
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 Houston, Tx to San Antonio, Tx
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
28 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$120 - $210
Flexible
$240 - $320

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The quickest flight from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 10 min.

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Houston to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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California is 2 h behind Houston. It is currently 12:10 PM in Houston and 10:10 AM in California.

Houston to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between Houston to California is 1554 miles. It takes approximately 24 h 46 min to drive from Houston to California.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Houston Hobby Apt Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in California. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Houston to Houston Hobby Apt Airport is to line 040 bus which takes 49 min and costs $2.

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