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There are 10 ways to get from Ottawa to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Ottawa to San Francisco  •  11h

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to San Francisco (SFO) YOW - SFO

$159 - $332

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Train to Montreal, fly to San Francisco  •  10h 54m

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Dorval
  2. Fly from Montreal (YUL) to San Francisco (SFO) YUL - SFO

$244 - $650

Fly Ottawa to Oakland  •  12h 13m

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Oakland (OAK) YOW - OAK

$293 - $864

Fly Ottawa to San Jose  •  13h 58m

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to San Jose (SJC) YOW - SJC

$334 - $1,457

Train to Toronto, fly to San Francisco  •  13h 8m

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Toronto
  2. Fly from Toronto (YYZ) to San Francisco (SFO) YYZ - SFO

$280 - $597

Train  •  2 days 21h

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Toronto
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Windsor
  3. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  4. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak

$474 - $1,285

Bus, train  •  2 days 23h

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
  2. Take the train from Syracuse Regional Transportation Center to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak

$409 - $1,291

Bus, train via Toronto, ON - 610 Bay Street  •  3 days 0h

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, ON - 610 Bay Street to Chicago, IL - Amtrack Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak

$367 - $1,095

Bus  •  3 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, On to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca
  4. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca

$319 - $870

Drive  •  45h 48m

  1. Drive from Ottawa to San Francisco 2922.5 miles

$380 - $600

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The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which costs $200 - $440 and takes 11h.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to train and fly which costs $310 - $850 and takes 10h 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ottawa to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Ottawa, ON and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Toronto, On, Chicago, Il and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 5h.

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The distance between Ottawa and San Francisco is 3920 km. The road distance is 4676 km.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 days 23h and costs $500 - $1,700.

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It takes approximately 11h to get from Ottawa to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Ottawa to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Ottawa, ON station.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which takes 11h and costs $200 - $440. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $600 - $1,700 and takes 2 days 21h, you could also bus, which costs $410 - $1,200 and takes 3 days 5h.

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There is no direct flight from Ottawa Airport to San Francisco Airport. The quickest flight takes 8h 3m and has one stopover.

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Ottawa to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Ottawa to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2449.7 miles
  • Duration: 11h

What companies run services between Ottawa, ON, Canada and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Air Canada, United Airlines and three other airlines fly from Ottawa to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto, Windsor, Detroit Amtrak Station, Chicago Union Station, Richmond Amtrak, and Richmond in around 2 days 21h.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Montreal
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
12h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
13h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Toronto, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,800
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Calgary, Vancouver
Ave. Duration
13h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Montreal, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
9h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Washington Dulles, Denver
Ave. Duration
13h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Toronto, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
10h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
15h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
12h 51m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10h 36m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Detroit, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
12h 30m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,700
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 21m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
10h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
9h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
9h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
12h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
12h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Newark
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
12h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,200
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Montreal, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $2,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $850
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9h 53m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $2,100
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Montreal, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,200
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Dorval
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$23 - $45
Economy
$45 - $65
EconomyPlus
$60 - $90
Business
$65 - $90
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $70
Economy
$70 - $100
EconomyPlus
$90 - $130
Business
$110 - $160
Train from Toronto to Windsor
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $60
Economy
$60 - $90
EconomyPlus
$80 - $120
Business
$100 - $140
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 Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
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 Syracuse Regional Transportation Center to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
12h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $270
Room
$390 - $550
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$21 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$21 - $30
Online Fare
$26 - $45
Standard Fare
$35 - $55
Refundable
$40 - $60
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
Bus from Toronto, ON - 610 Bay Street to Chicago, IL - Amtrack Station
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $70
Online Fare
$60 - $90
Standard Fare
$75 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130
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 Toronto, On to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $140
Bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
47h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110

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San Francisco is 3h behind Ottawa. It is currently 12:10 AM in Ottawa and 9:10 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Ottawa to San Francisco is 4676 km. It takes approximately 45h 48m to drive from Ottawa to San Francisco.

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WestJet, American Airlines, Delta and two other airlines offer flights from Ottawa Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 624+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Ottawa Airport is to line 97 bus which takes 19m and costs $4.

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