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There are 12 ways to get from New York to California by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Newark to San Diego  •  7h 40m

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

$128 - $396

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Fly Newark to Los Angeles  •  8h 8m

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

$104 - $341

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Fly New York JFK to San Diego  •  7h 56m

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

$153 - $766

Fly New York JFK to Los Angeles  •  8h 27m

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

$139 - $301

Fly Newark to San Francisco  •  8h 23m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) EWR - SFO

$144 - $391

Fly Newark to Sacramento  •  8h 40m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Sacramento (SMF) EWR - SMF

$106 - $621

Fly Newark to Santa Ana  •  9h 52m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Santa Ana (SNA) EWR - SNA

$142 - $739

Fly New York JFK to Burbank  •  9h 27m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Burbank (BUR) JFK - BUR

$155 - $468

Bus  •  2 days 20h

  1. Take the bus from New York to El Monte "Greyhound"

$280 - $381

Train via New Orleans  •  3 days 7h

  1. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Crescent
  2. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Sunset Limited

$312 - $443

Train  •  3 days 14h

  1. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Texas Eagle

$338 - $476

Drive  •  44h 6m

  1. Drive from New York to Los Angeles 2806.6 miles

$270 - $400

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The cost-effective way to get from New York to California is to fly, which costs $100 - $350 and takes 8h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from New York to California is to fly which costs $120 - $400 and takes 7h 40m.

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No, there is no direct bus from New York to California. However, there are services departing from New York and arriving at 1st St and Broadway W via El Monte Station W. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 20h.

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No, there is no direct train from New York to California. However, there are services departing from New York Moynihan Train Hall and arriving at Los Angeles via New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 7h.

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The distance between New York and California is 2417 miles. The road distance is 2806.6 miles.

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The best way to get from New York to California without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 20h and costs $280 - $390.

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It takes approximately 7h 40m to get from New York to California, including transfers.

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New York to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New York station.

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New York to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New York Moynihan Train Hall station.

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The best way to get from New York to California is to fly which takes 7h 40m and costs $120 - $400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $390 and takes 2 days 20h, you could also train via New Orleans, which costs $310 - $450 and takes 3 days 7h.

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  • Distance: 2416.8 miles
  • Duration: 7h 40m

What companies run services between New York, NY, USA and California, USA?

United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and five other airlines fly from New York to San Diego every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from New York to El Monte once daily. Tickets cost $270 - $380 and the journey takes 2 days 19h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Newark to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
10h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
11h 14m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,400
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $460
Flights from Newark to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Newark to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via Seattle
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from New York JFK to Burbank via Portland
Ave. Duration
10h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
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 New York Moynihan Train Hall to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
31h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Premium
$380 - $550
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Seat
$290 - $410
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
46h 35m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $260
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$180 - $260
Premium
$480 - $700
Flexi Coach Seat
$380 - $550
Business Seat
$410 - $600
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Premium
$320 - $440
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $290
Business Seat
$210 - $300
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 days 17h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$240 - $340
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Premium
$550 - $850
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Seat
$550 - $800
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 to El Monte
Ave. Duration
2 days 19h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$270 - $380
Flexible
$380 - $550

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 43m.

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

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California is 3h behind New York. It is currently 1:29 PM in New York and 10:29 AM in California.

New York to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between New York to California is 2807 miles. It takes approximately 44h 6m to drive from New York to California.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Newark Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in California. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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