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There are 5 ways to get from Minneapolis to San Diego by plane, night bus, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to San Diego (SAN) MSP - SAN

$164 - $506

4 alternative options

Night bus, train  •  46 h 2 min

  1. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO 805
  2. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
  3. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot

$335 - $881

Bus  •  47 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca

$249 - $536

Bus via Oklahoma City, Ok  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Oklahoma City, OK 801
  2. Take the bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Blythe, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Blythe to San Diego

$297 - $553

Drive  •  31 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to San Diego 2024.7 miles

$190 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Minneapolis to San Diego is to fly which costs $160 - $550 and takes 5 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Minneapolis to San Diego is to fly which costs $160 - $550 and takes 5 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Minneapolis to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Kansas City, Mo and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47 h 52 min.

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The distance between Minneapolis and San Diego is 1540 miles. The road distance is 2024.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to San Diego without a car is to night bus and train which takes 46 h 2 min and costs $330 - $900.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from Minneapolis to San Diego, including transfers.

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Minneapolis to San Diego bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to San Diego is to fly which takes 5 h 37 min and costs $160 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $240 - $550 and takes 47 h 52 min.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 51 min.

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Minneapolis to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Minneapolis to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 1539.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

What companies run services between Minneapolis, MN, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

Sun Country Airlines, Delta and five other airlines fly from Minneapolis to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to San Diego via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, Mo, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 47 h 52 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
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 Kansas City Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
34 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$390 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$470 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Oklahoma City, OK
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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 Kansas City, Mo to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
34 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$150 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $250
Flexible
$290 - $380
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Blythe, Ca
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $280
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $180
Flexible
$210 - $280
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Blythe to San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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San Diego is 2 h behind Minneapolis. It is currently 3:43 PM in Minneapolis and 1:43 PM in San Diego.

Yes, the driving distance between Minneapolis to San Diego is 2025 miles. It takes approximately 31 h 13 min to drive from Minneapolis to San Diego.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Sun Country Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Minneapolis Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1111+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Minneapolis Airport is to tram which takes 18 min and costs $2 - $3.

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