There are 12 ways to get from Ottawa 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.

Recommended option

Fly Ottawa to San Francisco  •  10 h 16 min

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

$159 - $332

11 alternative options

Fly Ottawa to Oakland  •  11 h 46 min

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

$293 - $864

Fly Ottawa to San Jose, Caltrain  •  12 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to San Jose (SJC) YOW - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$294 - $1,417

Train to Montreal, fly to San Francisco  •  10 h 43 min

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

$228 - $645

Train to Montreal, fly to Oakland  •  12 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Dorval
  2. Fly from Montreal (YUL) to Oakland (OAK) YUL - OAK

$262 - $797

Train to Toronto, fly to San Francisco  •  12 h 44 min

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

$256 - $615

Train to Montreal, fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  13 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Dorval
  2. Fly from Montreal (YUL) to San Jose (SJC) YUL - SJC
  3. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$213 - $480

Train  •  2 days 20 h

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

$430 - $1,313

Bus, train via Toronto, ON  •  2 days 23 h

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, ON to Chicago - Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Transit Station

$365 - $1,142

Bus  •  3 days 3 h

  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

$317 - $907

Bus, train  •  3 days 9 h

  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 Transit Station

$433 - $1,292

Drive  •  45 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Ottawa to San Francisco 2922.5 miles

$380 - $600

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which costs $200 - $430 and takes 10 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which costs $200 - $430 and takes 10 h 16 min.

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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 3 h.

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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 23 h and costs $470 - $1,500.

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It takes approximately 10 h 16 min 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 10 h 16 min and costs $200 - $430. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $550 - $1,700 and takes 2 days 20 h, you could also bus, which costs $400 - $1,200 and takes 3 days 3 h.

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There is no direct flight from Ottawa Airport to San Francisco Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 23 min 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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San Francisco is 3 h behind Ottawa. It is currently 6:31 AM in Ottawa and 3:31 AM in San Francisco.

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

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  • Distance: 2449.7 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 16 min

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 every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto, Windsor, Detroit Amtrak, Chicago Union Station, Richmond Transit Station, and Richmond BART Station in around 2 days 20 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Washington Dulles, Denver
Ave. Duration
11 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
14 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 48 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Montreal
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
10 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Regina, Vancouver
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 48 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
9 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
13 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Philadelphia, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
12 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
10 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
13 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
13 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Detroit, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
12 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,700
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Toronto, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
11 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,600
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $800
Flights from Montreal to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
11 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Washington Dulles, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $2,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,200
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,800
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,800
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 39 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,900
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 43 min
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
9 h 13 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,800
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 53 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
9 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
12 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Montreal to Oakland via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
11 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,800
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Dorval
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$28 - $40
Economy
$35 - $55
Economy Plus
$60 - $85
Business
$55 - $80
Business Plus/Sleeper
$100 - $140
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $65
Economy
$70 - $100
Economy Plus
$100 - $150
Business
$100 - $150
Business Plus/Sleeper
$190 - $270
Train from Toronto to Windsor
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $60
Economy
$60 - $85
Economy Plus
$90 - $130
Business
$90 - $130
Business Plus/Sleeper
$160 - $230
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 Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
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 Transit Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once 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
12 h 56 min
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 Toronto, ON
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$26 - $40
Online Fare
$30 - $55
Standard Fare
$45 - $65
Refundable
$50 - $75
Bus from Toronto, ON to Chicago - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $70
Online Fare
$60 - $90
Standard Fare
$80 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $65
Online Fare
$55 - $90
Standard Fare
$75 - $110
Refundable
$80 - $120
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
11 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $140
Bus from Chicago, Il to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
47 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $330
Flexible
$390 - $550
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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