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There are 9 ways to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly New York JFK to San Diego  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to San Diego (SAN) JFK - SAN

$178 - $457

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Fly New York JFK to San Jose  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to San Jose (SJC) JFK - SJC

$153 - $491

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Fly New York JFK to Los Angeles  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) JFK - LAX

$158 - $653

Fly New York JFK to Long Beach  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Long Beach (LGB) JFK - LGB

$185 - $635

Fly Newark to San Diego  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Diego (SAN) EWR - SAN

$185 - $582

Fly Newark to Los Angeles  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) EWR - LAX

$179 - $637

Train  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief

$397 - $1,229

Bus  •  2 days 21 h

  1. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$267 - $709

Drive  •  44 h 42 min

  1. Drive from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles 2827 miles

$270 - $400

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California is to fly which costs $150 - $500 and takes 7 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California is to fly which costs $170 - $460 and takes 6 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct train from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California station. However, there are services departing from Terminal 4 and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via Jamaica, New York Penn Station and Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 16 h.

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The distance between New York JFK Airport (JFK) and California is 2429 miles. The road distance is 2827 miles.

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The best way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California without a car is to train which takes 2 days 16 h and costs $390 - $1,300.

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It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California, including transfers.

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New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at New York Penn Station.

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The best way to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California is to fly which takes 6 h 22 min and costs $170 - $460. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $390 - $1,300 and takes 2 days 16 h, you could also bus, which costs $260 - $750 and takes 2 days 21 h.

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The quickest flight from New York JFK Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 52 min.

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California is 3 h behind New York JFK Airport (JFK). It is currently 3:06 AM in New York JFK Airport (JFK) and 12:06 AM in California.

Map of how to get from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California.
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  • Distance: 2428.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 22 min

What companies run services between New York JFK Airport (JFK), USA and California, USA?

American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and two other airlines fly from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles via Jamaica, NY, Jamaica, Penn Station, New York Penn Station, and Chicago Union Station in around 2 days 16 h.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Boston
Ave. Duration
9 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
10 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Austin
Ave. Duration
10 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Long Beach via Fort Lauderdale
Ave. Duration
10 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $950
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Business Coach Seat
$260 - $370
Room
$500 - $700
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
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 New York, Ny to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 19 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$260 - $700
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$260 - $430
Flexible
$500 - $700

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New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California is 2827 miles. It takes approximately 44 h 42 min to drive from New York JFK Airport (JFK) to California.

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JetBlue Airways, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from New York JFK Airport to San Diego Airport.

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