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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to San Diego  •  5 h 43 min

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

$166 - $509

Cheapest option

Fly to Los Angeles  •  5 h 58 min

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

$100 - $414

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Fly to San Jose  •  5 h 57 min

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

$158 - $420

Fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 6 min

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

$150 - $375

Fly to Oakland  •  6 h 5 min

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

$183 - $447

Fly to Sacramento  •  6 h 15 min

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

$176 - $608

Fly to Santa Ana  •  8 h 26 min

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

$153 - $825

Fly to Indio/Palm Springs, Amtrak Thruway  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) MSP - PSP
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA - Airport to Fullerton, CA

Night bus, train  •  43 h 45 min

  1. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO 805
  2. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief

$305 - $816

Bus  •  43 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$232 - $494

Drive  •  30 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Los Angeles 1962.6 miles

$190 - $280

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Minnesota to California is to fly which costs $100 - $420 and takes 5 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Minnesota to California is to fly which costs $160 - $550 and takes 5 h 43 min.

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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 Main & 1st via Kansas City, Mo and Main & 6th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 58 min.

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The distance between Minnesota and California is 1408 miles. The road distance is 1962.6 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 43 h 45 min and costs $300 - $850.

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min 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 5 h 43 min and costs $160 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $500 and takes 43 h 58 min.

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Map of how to get from Minnesota to California.
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  • Distance: 1407.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

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

Sun Country Airlines, Delta and four other airlines fly from Bloomington to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, Mo, Los Angls Amtrak, Ca, and Main & 6th in around 43 h 58 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $950
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 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,900
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,800
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $1,000
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,700
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Portland
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $950
Flights from Minneapolis to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Minneapolis to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,300
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $800
Flights from Minneapolis to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
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
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Indio/Palm Springs via Winnipeg
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,300
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Kansas City Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
35 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$400 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs, CA - Airport to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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 Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
34 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$150 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $250
Flexible
$290 - $380

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