There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Cleveland by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Cleveland  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Cleveland (CLE) SAN - CLE

$205 - $956

4 alternative options

Fly to Akron, bus  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Akron (CAK) SAN - CAK
  2. Take the bus from Akron, Oh to Cleveland, Oh

$234 - $878

Train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
  2. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Cleveland Amtrak

$355 - $1,065

Bus  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Columbus, Oh
  3. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh

$236 - $638

Drive  •  38 h 6 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Cleveland 2435.8 miles

$230 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Cleveland is to drive which costs $230 - $350 and takes 38 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Cleveland is to fly which costs $200 - $1,000 and takes 6 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Cleveland. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Cleveland, Oh via San Bernardino, Ca and Columbus, Oh. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 6 h.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Cleveland. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Cleveland Amtrak via Fullerton Transportation Center and Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 4 h.

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The distance between San Diego and Cleveland is 2042 miles. The road distance is 2435.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Cleveland without a car is to train which takes 2 days 4 h and costs $350 - $1,100.

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It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from San Diego to Cleveland, including transfers.

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San Diego to Cleveland bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Cleveland.
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  • Distance: 2042.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 22 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Cleveland, OH, USA?

Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Diego to Cleveland hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Diego to Cleveland via Fullerton Transportation Center and Chicago Union Station in around 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $2,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $2,100
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $2,100
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $2,100
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Newark
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $2,400
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $2,400
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Akron via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Diego to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
42 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Business Coach Seat
$550 - $850
Room
$1,000 - $1,400
Train from Chicago Union Station to Cleveland Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$260 - $360
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 Akron, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 days 0 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $340
Flexible
$400 - $550
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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