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There are 11 ways to get from New York to San Francisco by plane, train, bus 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.

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Fly Newark to San Francisco  •  8 h 20 min

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

$173 - $526

Cheapest option

Fly New York JFK to San Francisco  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) JFK - SFO

$145 - $450

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Fly New York JFK to Oakland  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Oakland (OAK) JFK - OAK

$169 - $572

Train to Philadelphia, fly to San Francisco  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Francisco (SFO) PHL - SFO

$251 - $919

Fly New York JFK to San Jose  •  10 h 38 min

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

$200 - $555

Fly Newark to San Jose  •  10 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Jose (SJC) EWR - SJC

$208 - $551

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Francisco  •  10 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Francisco (SFO) BWI - SFO

$302 - $788

Bus, train  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL Djb149 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak California Zephyr

$385 - $1,008

Train  •  3 days 1 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 Richmond Amtrak California Zephyr

$422 - $1,273

Bus  •  3 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Las Vegas, Nv 1675
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca 6774

$295 - $748

Drive  •  45 h 19 min

  1. Drive from New York to San Francisco 2924 miles

$280 - $420

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The cheapest way to get from New York to San Francisco is to fly which costs $140 - $450 and takes 8 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from New York to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $550 and takes 8 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New York to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from New York, Ny and arriving at Salesforce Transit Center via Las Vegas, Nv and Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 1 h.

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The distance between New York and San Francisco is 2581 miles. The road distance is 2924 miles.

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The best way to get from New York to San Francisco without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 days 20 h and costs $380 - $1,100.

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It takes approximately 8 h 20 min to get from New York to San Francisco, including transfers.

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New York to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New York, Ny station.

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The best way to get from New York to San Francisco is to fly which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $170 - $550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $420 - $1,300 and takes 3 days 1 h, you could also bus, which costs $290 - $750 and takes 3 days 1 h.

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 6 h 16 min.

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New York to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oakland, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from New York to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2580.9 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 20 min

What companies run services between New York, NY, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines fly from New York to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from New York to San Francisco via Chicago Union Station, Richmond Amtrak, and Richmond BART Station in around 3 days 1 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 34 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9 h 3 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from New York JFK to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
11 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 52 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 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Newark to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 36 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from New York JFK to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New York JFK to Oakland via Portland
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from New York JFK to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from New York JFK to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from New York JFK to San Jose via Boston
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Penn Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$75 - $180
First Class Seat
$150 - $210
Train from New York Penn Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$110 - $240
First Class Seat
$200 - $310
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 Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$290 - $900
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$290 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Business Coach Seat
$600 - $900
Room
$1,100 - $1,600
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
Bus operators
D&J Bus
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
wandacoach.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 New York, Ny to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 days 11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$230 - $390
Flexible
$460 - $600
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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San Francisco is 3 h behind New York. It is currently 1:42 AM in New York and 10:42 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between New York to San Francisco is 2924 miles. It takes approximately 45 h 19 min to drive from New York to San Francisco.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from Newark Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 613+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New York to Newark Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $17.

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