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

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Fly Pittsburgh to San Francisco  •  7h 53m

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to San Francisco (SFO) PIT - SFO

$181 - $384

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Fly Philadelphia to Los Angeles  •  8h 32m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Los Angeles (LAX) PHL - LAX

$140 - $323

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Fly Pittsburgh to Los Angeles  •  7h 50m

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Los Angeles (LAX) PIT - LAX

$141 - $323

Fly Philadelphia to San Diego  •  8h 4m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Diego (SAN) PHL - SAN

$174 - $418

Fly Philadelphia to San Francisco  •  8h 31m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Francisco (SFO) PHL - SFO

$160 - $354

Train to Cleveland, fly to Los Angeles  •  9h 18m

  1. Take the train from Erie Amtrak Station to Cleveland
  2. Fly from Cleveland (CLE) to Los Angeles (LAX) CLE - LAX

$169 - $412

Train to Newark, fly to San Diego  •  10h 48m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Diego (SAN) EWR - SAN

$146 - $454

Bus  •  2 days 13h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia to Los Angeles "Greyhound"

$281 - $377

Bus via El Monte Station W  •  2 days 16h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia to El Monte "Greyhound"

$271 - $369

Train via New York  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station

$339 - $601

Train  •  2 days 23h

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Southwest Chief / ...

$305 - $436

Drive  •  43h 1m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Los Angeles 2725.4 miles

$260 - $390

Pennsylvania → California
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The cheapest way to get from Pennsylvania to California is to fly which costs $160 - $360 and takes 8h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Pennsylvania to California is to fly which costs $140 - $330 and takes 7h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Pennsylvania to California. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia and arriving at 1st St and Broadway W via El Monte Station W. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 16h.

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No, there is no direct train from Pennsylvania station to California. However, there are services departing from 15th St Station - MFL and arriving at Los Angeles via Philadelphia, New York Moynihan Train Hall, Chicago Union Station and Fullerton Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18h.

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The distance between Pennsylvania and California is 2220 miles. The road distance is 2725.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Pennsylvania to California without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 13h and costs $280 - $380.

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It takes approximately 7h 53m to get from Pennsylvania to California, including transfers.

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Pennsylvania to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Philadelphia station.

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Pennsylvania to California train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Philadelphia station.

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The best way to get from Pennsylvania to California is to fly which takes 7h 53m and costs $180 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $380 and takes 2 days 13h, you could also train via New York, which costs $330 - $600 and takes 2 days 18h.

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  • Distance: 2220.2 miles
  • Duration: 7h 53m

What companies run services between Pennsylvania, USA and California, USA?

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Pittsburgh to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Philadelphia to Los Angeles twice daily. Tickets cost $260 - $370 and the journey takes 2 days 13h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 51m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $480
Flights from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $490
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $410
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $420
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $600
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $470
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $390
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Cleveland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $420
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 51m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $900
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,000
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Erie Amtrak Station to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Twice 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 Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
42h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $280
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$450 - $650
Train from Philadelphia to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
43h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$460 - $650
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $80
Business Class Seat
$65 - $120
Train from Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Class Seat
$65 - $130
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 Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$95 - $140
First Class
$110 - $230
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 Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 days 13h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$260 - $370
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$260 - $370
Flexible
$370 - $550
Bus from Philadelphia to El Monte
Ave. Duration
2 days 16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $370
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$270 - $370
Flexible
$370 - $550

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The quickest flight from Pittsburgh Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 30m.

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

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California is 3h behind Pennsylvania. It is currently 9:23 PM in Pennsylvania and 6:23 PM in California.

Pennsylvania to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Fullerton Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pennsylvania to California is 2725 miles. It takes approximately 43h 1m to drive from Pennsylvania to California.

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American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Pittsburgh Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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

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The best way to get from Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh Airport is to bus which takes 40 min and costs $3.

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