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There are 11 ways to get from Michigan to California by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Detroit to San Diego  •  7 h 15 min

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

$199 - $673

Cheapest option

Fly Detroit to Los Angeles  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX) DTW - LAX

$137 - $360

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Fly Detroit to San Francisco  •  7 h 29 min

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

$193 - $479

Fly Detroit to San Jose  •  7 h 37 min

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

$202 - $378

Fly Grand Rapids to San Diego  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Grand Rapids (GRR) to San Diego (SAN) GRR - SAN

$225 - $517

Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly to San Diego  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Diego (SAN) ORD - SAN

$143 - $489

Fly Detroit to Santa Ana  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Santa Ana (SNA) DTW - SNA

$226 - $539

Train to Chicago Midway, fly to San Diego  •  11 h

  1. Take the train from Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Diego (SAN) MDW - SAN

$213 - $648

Train  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Southwest Chief

$322 - $982

Bus  •  2 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Dayton Trotwood, Oh 1105 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$227 - $613

Drive  •  35 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Los Angeles 2319.3 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Michigan to California is to fly which costs $130 - $360 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Michigan to California is to fly which costs $190 - $700 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Michigan to California. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at Main / 1st via Dayton Trotwood, Oh and Main / 7th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 7 h.

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The distance between Michigan and California is 1858 miles. The road distance is 2319.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Michigan to California without a car is to train which takes 2 days 2 h and costs $320 - $1,000.

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Michigan to California, including transfers.

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Michigan to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Detroit, Mi station.

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The best way to get from Michigan to California is to fly which takes 7 h 15 min and costs $190 - $700. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $320 - $1,000 and takes 2 days 2 h, you could also bus, which costs $220 - $650 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 5 h 20 min.

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Michigan to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angls Amtrak, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Michigan to California.
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  • Distance: 1858.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 15 min

What companies run services between Michigan, USA and California, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Livonia to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Detroit to Los Angeles via Woodward & Baltimore Nb, Detroit Amtrak Station, and Chicago Union Station in around 2 days 2 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to San Jose
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Detroit to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Detroit to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Detroit to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Grand Rapids to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Train from Detroit Amtrak Station 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 Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
43 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,500
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 Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550

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California is 3 h behind Michigan. It is currently 8:53 AM in Michigan and 5:53 AM in California.

Yes, the driving distance between Michigan to California is 2319 miles. It takes approximately 35 h 54 min to drive from Michigan to California.

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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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