There are 10 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 28 min

  1. YOW - SFO

$159 - $332

9 alternative options

Fly Ottawa to Oakland  •  11 h 9 min

  1. YOW - OAK

$293 - $864

Fly Ottawa to San Jose, Caltrain  •  12 h 40 min

  1. YOW - SJC

$243 - $966

Train to Montreal, fly to San Francisco  •  10 h 38 min

  1. YUL - SFO

$227 - $644

Train to Toronto, fly to San Francisco  •  12 h 42 min

  1. YYZ - SFO

$256 - $615

Train  •  2 days 20 h

$430 - $1,313

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

$365 - $1,142

Bus  •  3 days 3 h

$317 - $907

Bus, train  •  3 days 9 h

$433 - $1,292

Drive  •  45 h 48 min

  1. 2922.5 miles

$380 - $600

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

Air Canada, Delta 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 Amtrak, Richmond Transit Station Amtrak, and Richmond in around 2 days 20 h.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Montreal
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 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
11 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 39 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
14 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Regina, Vancouver
Ave. Duration
11 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Toronto, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,800
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 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 Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Boston
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 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 39 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Washington Dulles, Denver
Ave. Duration
11 h 39 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 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 7 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 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 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
13 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9 h 54 min
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
9 h 24 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
10 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,700
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Detroit, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
12 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,700
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
11 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
15 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,900
Flights from Ottawa to San Jose via Philadelphia, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
12 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from Montreal to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
8 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Newark
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Montreal, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,200
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $2,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Toronto Island, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Ottawa to Oakland via Boston
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,600
Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Dorval
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$28 - $40
Economy
$35 - $55
Economy Plus
$60 - $85
Business
$55 - $75
Business Plus/Sleeper
$100 - $140
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 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
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
$75 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once 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
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
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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Questions & Answers

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

The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which costs $200 - $430 and takes 10 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Ottawa to San Francisco is to fly which takes 10 h 28 min and costs $200 - $430.

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.

It takes approximately 10 h 28 min to get from Ottawa to San Francisco, including transfers.