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There are 9 ways to get from Raleigh 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 Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco  •  7 h 54 min

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

$218 - $442

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Fly Raleigh/Durham to Oakland  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Oakland (OAK) RDU - OAK

$222 - $564

Fly Raleigh/Durham to San Jose  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to San Jose (SJC) RDU - SJC

$273 - $757

Train to Charlotte, fly to San Francisco  •  11 h 15 min

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

$236 - $602

Train  •  3 days 6 h

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak 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

$446 - $1,350

Bus, train  •  3 days 7 h

  1. Take the bus from Durham, NC to Atlanta GA
  2. Take the bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Transit Station

$392 - $1,056

Train via Alexandria Amtrak  •  3 days 11 h

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Richmond Transit Station

$465 - $1,387

Bus  •  3 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Newark, Nj
  2. Take the bus from Newark, Nj to Las Vegas, Nv
  3. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca

$334 - $874

Drive  •  45 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to San Francisco 2898.5 miles

$280 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to San Francisco is to fly which costs $210 - $450 and takes 7 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to San Francisco is to fly which costs $210 - $450 and takes 7 h 54 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh station to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Salesforce Transit Center via Raleigh, Nc, Newark, Nj, Las Vegas, Nv and Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 14 h.

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The distance between Raleigh and San Francisco is 2419 miles. The road distance is 2898.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to San Francisco without a car is to train which takes 3 days 6 h and costs $440 - $1,400.

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It takes approximately 7 h 54 min to get from Raleigh to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Raleigh to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7 h 54 min and costs $210 - $450. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $440 - $1,400 and takes 3 days 6 h, you could also bus, which costs $330 - $900 and takes 3 days 14 h.

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The quickest flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 49 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2418.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 54 min

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and three other airlines fly from Raleigh to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Raleigh to San Francisco via Washington Union Station, Chicago Union Station, Richmond Transit Station, and Richmond BART Station in around 3 days 6 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
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 Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via Orlando
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Oakland via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Dallas
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Orlando
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $950
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
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 Oakland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,200
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$470 - $1,200
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
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 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 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 Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
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 Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,000
Flights from Charlotte to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $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 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 Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
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 Raleigh Amtrak to Alexandria Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Train from Alexandria Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 h 41 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Durham, NC to Atlanta GA
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Book at
megabus.com
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 Newark, Nj
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $120
Bus from Newark, Nj to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 days 10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$230 - $390
Flexible
$460 - $600
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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San Francisco is 3 h behind Raleigh. It is currently 5:10 PM in Raleigh and 2:10 PM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to San Francisco is 2898 miles. It takes approximately 45 h 29 min to drive from Raleigh to San Francisco.

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

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There are 613+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $111 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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