There are 13 ways to get from Philadelphia 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.

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Fly Philadelphia to San Francisco  •  7 h 52 min

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

$173 - $716

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Fly Philadelphia to Oakland  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Oakland (OAK) PHL - OAK

$217 - $668

Train to Newark, fly to San Francisco  •  8 h 54 min

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

$182 - $572

Train to Newark, fly to Oakland  •  9 h 2 min

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

$306 - $1,024

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Francisco  •  8 h 46 min

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

$269 - $701

Train to Baltimore, fly to Oakland  •  8 h 52 min

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

$253 - $783

Train to Reagan Washington, fly to San Francisco  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to San Francisco (SFO) DCA - SFO

$264 - $812

Train to Washington Dulles, fly to San Francisco  •  10 h 12 min

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

$280 - $759

Bus  •  2 days 22 h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv 1675
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca 6774

$287 - $727

Bus via Los Angls Amtrak, Ca  •  3 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca 1683
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA

$286 - $693

Train via Washington Union Station  •  3 days 2 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 Richmond Transit Station

$487 - $1,461

Train  •  3 days 8 h

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Transit Station California Zephyr

$433 - $1,305

Drive  •  44 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to San Francisco 2893.7 miles

$280 - $410

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco is to fly which costs $210 - $700 and takes 9 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 7 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Market St:South Van Ness Av via Las Vegas, Nv and Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 22 h.

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The distance between Philadelphia and San Francisco is 2532 miles. The road distance is 2893.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 22 h and costs $280 - $750.

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It takes approximately 7 h 52 min to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7 h 52 min and costs $170 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $750 and takes 2 days 22 h, you could also train, which costs $480 - $1,500 and takes 3 days 2 h.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 51 min.

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

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San Francisco is 3 h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 7:02 AM in Philadelphia and 4:02 AM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to San Francisco is 2894 miles. It takes approximately 44 h 41 min to drive from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

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  • Distance: 2531.6 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 52 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and three other airlines fly from Philadelphia to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Las Vegas, Nv, Oakland, Ca, and Thomas L Berkley Way in around 2 days 22 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Dallas
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Newark to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Eagle
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
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 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 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 days 7 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$220 - $380
Flexible
$440 - $600
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150
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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