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There are 9 ways to get from San Francisco to Chicago by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare  •  6h 14m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SFO - ORD

$75 - $315

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Fly Oakland to Chicago O'Hare  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) OAK - ORD

$73 - $357

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Fly San Francisco to Chicago Midway  •  6h 9m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SFO - MDW

$170 - $565

Fly Oakland to Chicago Midway  •  6h 17m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Chicago Midway (MDW) OAK - MDW

$173 - $817

BART to San Jose, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  7h 41m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) SJC - ORD

$112 - $307

BART to San Jose, fly to Chicago Midway  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Chicago Midway (MDW) SJC - MDW

$332 - $667

Train  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the train from Richmond to Chicago Union Station California Zephyr

$214 - $306

Bus  •  2 days 11h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Sta to San Bernardino
  3. Take the bus from San Bernardino to Indianapolis
  4. Take the bus from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL

$276 - $389

Drive  •  32h 40m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Chicago 2144.1 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Chicago is to fly which costs $75 - $320 and takes 6h 14m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Chicago is to fly. Taking this option will cost $170 - $600 and takes 6h 9m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Chicago. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Chicago, IL via Broadway & Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles Union Sta, San Bernardino and Indianapolis, IN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 11h.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arriving at Chicago Union Station via Richmond. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 1866 miles. The road distance is 2144.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 2 days 5h and costs $210 - $310.

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It takes approximately 6h 14m to get from San Francisco to Chicago, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Chicago bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, depart from San Francisco, CA station.

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San Francisco to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Richmond station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Chicago is to fly which takes 6h 14m and costs $75 - $320. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $210 - $310 and takes 2 days 5h, you could also bus, which costs $270 - $390 and takes 2 days 11h.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 1865.7 miles
  • Duration: 6h 14m

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Chicago, IL, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Francisco to Chicago every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Richmond to Chicago Union Station once daily. Tickets cost $210 - $300 and the journey takes 2 days 3h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago Midway via Burbank
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $380
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $450
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $450
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $360
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $400
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $280
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $380
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $360
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $360
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $320
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Flights from San Jose to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $430
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Portland
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from San Jose to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $400
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Oakland to Chicago O'Hare via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
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 Richmond to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700
Bus operators
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
xedohoang.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 Los Angeles Union Sta to San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from San Bernardino to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
43h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $270
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $270
Flexible
$280 - $400
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Book at
ourbus.com

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 57m.

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San Francisco to Chicago bus services, operated by OurBus, arrive at Chicago, IL station.

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Chicago is 2h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 1:32 PM in San Francisco and 3:32 PM in Chicago.

San Francisco to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Chicago is 2144 miles. It takes approximately 32h 40m to drive from San Francisco to Chicago.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 315+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $8 - $10.

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