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There are 10 ways to get from Raleigh to California by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Raleigh/Durham to San Diego  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to San Diego (SAN) RDU - SAN

$174 - $426

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Fly Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Los Angeles (LAX) RDU - LAX

$188 - $481

Fly Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to San Francisco (SFO) RDU - SFO

$218 - $442

Fly Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach  •  10 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Long Beach (LGB) RDU - LGB

$224 - $455

Train to Charlotte, fly to San Diego  •  10 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Charlotte Amtrak
  2. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to San Diego (SAN) CLT - SAN

$202 - $696

Fly Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana  •  11 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Santa Ana (SNA) RDU - SNA

$211 - $422

Train to Charlotte, fly to Los Angeles  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Charlotte Amtrak
  2. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Los Angeles (LAX) CLT - LAX

$226 - $601

Bus  •  2 days 17 h

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Atlanta, Ga
  2. Take the bus from Atlanta, Ga to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca

$267 - $694

Train  •  2 days 22 h

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center
  2. Take the train from Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
  3. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak

$378 - $1,147

Drive  •  40 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Los Angeles 2556.9 miles

$250 - $370

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The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to California is to fly which costs $170 - $430 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to California is to fly which costs $170 - $430 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh station to California. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Main / 1st via Raleigh, Nc, Atlanta, Ga, St Louis, Mo and Main / 7th. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 17 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Raleigh to California station. However, there are services departing from Raleigh Amtrak and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak via Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center and New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 22 h.

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The distance between Raleigh and California is 2233 miles. The road distance is 2556.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to California without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 17 h and costs $260 - $700.

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It takes approximately 7 h 14 min to get from Raleigh to California, including transfers.

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Raleigh to California bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Raleigh, Nc station.

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

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The best way to get from Raleigh to California is to fly which takes 7 h 14 min and costs $170 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $260 - $700 and takes 2 days 17 h, you could also train, which costs $370 - $1,200 and takes 2 days 22 h.

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to California.
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  • Distance: 2233.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 14 min

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and California, USA?

Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Raleigh to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Raleigh to Los Angeles via Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh, Nc, Atlanta, Ga, St Louis, Mo, Los Angls Amtrak, Ca, and Main / 7th in around 2 days 17 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Denver, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Chicago Midway, Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Baltimore, Denver
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Kansas City, Denver
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Nashville, Denver
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Chicago O'Hare, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Charlotte, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
9 h 54 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Charlotte to San Diego
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Austin
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Columbus
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Charlotte to San Diego via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,300
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $900
Flights from Charlotte to San Diego via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Charlotte to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $800
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via Boston
Ave. Duration
9 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Long Beach via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
12 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Diego
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,400
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Charlotte Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $90
Room
$190 - $260
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Greensboro Galyon Transportation Center to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $340
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Business Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Room
$470 - $650
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
46 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$240 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$440 - $650
Business Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Room
$900 - $1,300
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 Raleigh, Nc to Atlanta, Ga
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
Bus from Atlanta, Ga to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Los Angls Amtrak, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$170 - $440
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$170 - $280
Flexible
$330 - $440

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The quickest flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 13 min.

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

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California is 3 h behind Raleigh. It is currently 8:40 PM in Raleigh and 5:40 PM in California.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to California is 2557 miles. It takes approximately 40 h 31 min to drive from Raleigh to California.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Raleigh/Durham 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 Raleigh to Raleigh/Durham Airport is to line 100 bus which takes 25 min and costs $2 - $3.

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