There are 5 ways to get from San Francisco to Indianapolis by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Oakland  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Indianapolis (IND) OAK - IND

$222 - $563

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Fly from San Francisco  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Indianapolis (IND) SFO - IND

$168 - $660

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Reno
  2. Take the bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
  3. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Indianapolis, IN

$239 - $478

Train, bus  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Chicago Union Station California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN Chicago

$329 - $960

Drive  •  34 h 54 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Indianapolis 2285.2 miles

$220 - $330

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Indianapolis. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Indianapolis, IN via Reno, Nv and Denver, CO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5 h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Indianapolis is 1956 miles. The road distance is 2285.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Indianapolis without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 5 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 40 min to get from San Francisco to Indianapolis, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Indianapolis is to fly which takes 6 h 40 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 5 h.

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Indianapolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h.

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San Francisco to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Indianapolis, IN station.

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Indianapolis is 3 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 1:56 AM in San Francisco and 4:56 AM in Indianapolis.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Indianapolis is 2285 miles. It takes approximately 34 h 54 min to drive from San Francisco to Indianapolis.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Indianapolis.
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  • Distance: 1956.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 40 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Indianapolis, IN, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from San Francisco to Indianapolis hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Reno, Reno, Nv, Denver, Co, and Denver, CO in around 2 days 5 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,600
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Oakland to Indianapolis via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,100
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 Richmond Transit Station to Chicago Union 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
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
Burlington Trailways

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Delta, Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Oakland Airport to Indianapolis Airport.

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There are 239+ hotels available in Indianapolis. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs .

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