There are 8 ways to get from Minneapolis to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to San Francisco  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to San Francisco (SFO) MSP - SFO

$148 - $372

7 alternative options

Fly to Oakland  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Oakland (OAK) MSP - OAK

$182 - $444

Fly to San Jose  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to San Jose (SJC) MSP - SJC

$203 - $467

Fly to Santa Rosa, train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Santa Rosa (STS) MSP - STS
  2. Take the train from Sonoma County Airport to San Rafael

$225 - $672

Bus  •  47 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO
  3. Take the bus from Denver, Co to Reno, Nv
  4. Take the bus from Reno to San Francisco

$250 - $477

Train  •  2 days 11 h

  1. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Portland Union Station Empire Builder
  2. Take the train from Portland Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$334 - $997

Bus, train  •  2 days 13 h

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  3. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station

$343 - $919

Drive  •  31 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to San Francisco 2054.9 miles

$200 - $300

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No, there is no direct bus from Minneapolis to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at San Francisco via Des Moines, IA, Denver, Co and Reno. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47 h 59 min.

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The distance between Minneapolis and San Francisco is 1591 miles. The road distance is 2054.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 47 h 59 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to get from Minneapolis to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to San Francisco is to fly which takes 5 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 47 h 59 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 2 days 11 h.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 3 min.

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

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San Francisco is 2 h behind Minneapolis. It is currently 4:28 PM in Minneapolis and 2:28 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Minneapolis to San Francisco is 2055 miles. It takes approximately 31 h 8 min to drive from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

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Map of how to get from Minneapolis to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 1590.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

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

United Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and five other airlines fly from Minneapolis to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Des Moines, IA, Denver, CO, Denver, Co, Reno, Nv, and Reno in around 47 h 59 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Rosa via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Rosa
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Rosa via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Rosa via San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Train operators
SMART
Phone
+1 707-794-3330
Train from Sonoma County Airport to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
sonomamarintrain.org
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 St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Portland Union Station
Ave. Duration
37 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$230 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$400 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$490 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Train from Portland Union Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
18 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $290
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $260
Business Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Room
$420 - $600
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
47 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$260 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$460 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $800
Room
$950 - $1,400
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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 Denver, Co to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Reno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Minneapolis Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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