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There are 12 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  •  8h 27m

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

$173 - $716

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Fly Philadelphia to Oakland  •  10h 21m

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

$217 - $668

Train to Newark, fly to San Francisco  •  9h 28m

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

$182 - $572

Train to Newark, fly to Oakland  •  9h 30m

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

$306 - $1,024

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Francisco  •  9h 23m

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

$269 - $701

Train to Baltimore, fly to Oakland  •  9h 40m

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

$253 - $783

Train to Reagan Washington, fly to San Francisco  •  10h 9m

  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  •  10h 39m

  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 20h

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv 1675
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas Downtown to San Francisco FlixBus

$255 - $615

Train via Washington Union Station  •  3 days 2h

  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 Amtrak

$487 - $1,461

Train  •  3 days 8h

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

$433 - $1,305

Drive  •  44h 41m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to San Francisco 2893.7 miles

$280 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco is to fly which costs $210 - $700 and takes 10h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 8h 27m.

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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 San Francisco via Bonanza @ Bruce and Las Vegas Downtown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 20h.

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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 20h and costs $250 - $650.

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It takes approximately 8h 27m 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 8h 27m and costs $170 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $250 - $650 and takes 2 days 20h, you could also train, which costs $480 - $1,500 and takes 3 days 2h.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 6h 23m.

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Philadelphia to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2531.6 miles
  • Duration: 8h 27m

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, Bonanza @ Bruce, BTC Bay #10, and Las Vegas Downtown in around 2 days 20h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,500
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Newark to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
8h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 52m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 52m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8h 19m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Seattle
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,500
Flights from Newark to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 36m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 14m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Newark to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,400
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Oakland via Boston
Ave. Duration
10h 26m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
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
1h 47m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
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 Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
Twice 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
26h 45m
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 Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 days 7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$220 - $380
Flexible
$440 - $600
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Las Vegas Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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San Francisco is 3h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 12:25 PM in Philadelphia and 9:25 AM in San Francisco.

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

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Delta, American Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 624+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $7.

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