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

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Fly to San Diego

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

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Fly to San Francisco

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

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Fly to San Jose

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

Fly to Los Angeles

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Los Angeles (LAX)

Fly to Sacramento

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Sacramento (SMF)

Fly to Santa Ana

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Santa Ana (SNA)

Night bus, train

  1. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO
  2. Take the train from Kansas City to Los Angeles

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City to El Monte

Drive

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Los Angeles

Minnesota to California by night bus, walk, bus, tram and train

7 Weekly Services
44h 26m Average Duration
$215 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Minnesota to California is to fly which costs $85 - $900 and takes 6h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Minnesota to California is to fly which costs $130 - $900 and takes 5h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Minnesota to California. However, there are services departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at Arcadia / Los Angeles via Kansas City and El Monte Station - Upper Level. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45h 34m.

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The distance between Minnesota and California is 1408 miles. The road distance is 1884.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Minnesota to California without a car is to night bus and train which takes 44h 26m and costs $210 - $340.

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It takes approximately 5h 49m to get from Minnesota to California, including transfers.

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Minnesota to California bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minnesota to California is to fly which takes 5h 49m and costs $130 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $200 - $340 and takes 45h 34m.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 48m.

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Minnesota to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at El Monte station.

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Map of how to get from Minnesota to California.
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  • Distance: 1407.7 miles
  • Duration: 5h 49m

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

Delta, Sun Country Airlines and five other airlines fly from Bloomington to San Diego every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, and El Monte Station - Upper Level in around 45h 34m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $550
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $550
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $470
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $500
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $480
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $460
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $470
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $650
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$258
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$258
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Austin
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$258
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,600
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,600
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Portland
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Seattle
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,500
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $2,300
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Kansas City to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
35h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$160 - $230
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Premium
$450 - $650
Flexi Coach Seat
$340 - $500
Business Seat
$370 - $550
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
+1-858-800-8898
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $110
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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 to El Monte
Ave. Duration
34h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $220
Flexible
$220 - $320

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California is 2h behind Minnesota. It is currently 9:05 PM in Minnesota and 7:05 PM in California.

Yes, the driving distance between Minnesota to California is 1885 miles. It takes approximately 29h 45m to drive from Minnesota to California.

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Sun Country Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Minneapolis Airport to San Diego Airport.

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