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

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Fly Philadelphia to San Diego  •  7 h 29 min

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

$179 - $440

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Fly Philadelphia to Los Angeles  •  7 h 58 min

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

$123 - $485

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Fly Philadelphia to San Francisco  •  8 h 3 min

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

$173 - $716

Train to Newark, fly to San Diego  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to San Diego (SAN) EWR - SAN

$188 - $616

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Diego  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (SAN) BWI - SAN

$225 - $775

Train to Newark, fly to Los Angeles  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) EWR - LAX

$182 - $671

Train to Washington Dulles, fly to San Diego  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Diego (SAN) IAD - SAN

$296 - $753

Train to Washington Dulles, fly to Los Angeles  •  10 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Los Angeles (LAX) IAD - LAX

$260 - $768

Bus  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683

$256 - $643

Train via Washington Union Station  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak

$464 - $1,406

Train  •  2 days 22 h

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Southwest Chief

$410 - $1,250

Drive  •  43 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Los Angeles 2728.8 miles

$260 - $390

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to California. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Main & 1st via Main & 6th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 16 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Philadelphia station to California station. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via Washington Union Station and Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 16 h.

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The distance between Philadelphia and California is 2364 miles. The road distance is 2728.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to California without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 16 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 29 min to get from Philadelphia to California, including transfers.

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

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Philadelphia to California train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to California is to fly which takes 7 h 29 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 16 h, you could also train, which costs and takes 2 days 16 h.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 32 min.

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Philadelphia to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angls Amtrak, Ca station.

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  • Distance: 2363.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 29 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and California, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Philadelphia to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Philadelphia to Los Angeles hourly. Tickets cost $250 - $650 and the journey takes 2 days 16 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 53 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Baltimore to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Newark to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
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 Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
43 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,500
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$290 - $400
Room
$550 - $750
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, Pa to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 days 16 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$250 - $420
Flexible
$490 - $650

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California is 3 h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 9:14 PM in Philadelphia and 6:14 PM in California.

Philadelphia to California train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to California is 2729 miles. It takes approximately 43 h 5 min to drive from Philadelphia to California.

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Delta, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to San Diego 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 Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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