There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Columbus by plane, bus, train or car

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Recommended option

Fly to Columbus  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Columbus (CMH) SAN - CMH

$174 - $368

5 alternative options

Fly to Dayton, bus  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Dayton (DAY) SAN - DAY
  2. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Columbus, Oh

$219 - $486

Fly to Covington, bus  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Covington (CVG) SAN - CVG
  2. Take the bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Columbus, Oh

$251 - $406

Bus  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca 7000 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Columbus, Oh 1684

$217 - $588

Train, bus  •  2 days 5 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 Toledo Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh

$365 - $1,085

Drive  •  35 h 49 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Columbus 2277.8 miles

$220 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Columbus is to fly which costs $170 - $370 and takes 7 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Columbus is to fly which costs $170 - $370 and takes 7 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Columbus. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Columbus, Oh via San Bernardino, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 3 h.

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The distance between San Diego and Columbus is 1965 miles. The road distance is 2277.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Columbus without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 3 h and costs $210 - $600.

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It takes approximately 7 h 16 min to get from San Diego to Columbus, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Columbus is to fly which takes 7 h 16 min and costs $170 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $210 - $600 and takes 2 days 3 h.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Columbus Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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San Diego to Columbus bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Columbus, Oh station.

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Columbus is 3 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 8:46 PM in San Diego and 11:46 PM in Columbus.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Columbus is 2278 miles. It takes approximately 35 h 49 min to drive from San Diego to Columbus.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 1964.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 16 min

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Diego to Columbus hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Columbus via San Bernardino, Ca in around 2 days 3 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Newark
Ave. Duration
8 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Columbus via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Dayton via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Diego to Covington
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $350
Flights from San Diego to Covington via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $350
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 Toledo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $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 Dayton Trotwood, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
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 Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50

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