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

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Fly San Francisco to Detroit  •  6h 17m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Detroit (DTW) SFO - DTW

$118 - $445

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Fly Oakland to Detroit  •  6h 23m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Detroit (DTW) OAK - DTW

$131 - $557

Fly San Francisco to Lansing  •  8h 32m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Lansing (LAN) SFO - LAN

$230 - $962

BART to San Jose, fly to Detroit  •  7h 46m

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

$180 - $387

Fly San Francisco to Grand Rapids  •  9h 19m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Grand Rapids (GRR) SFO - GRR

$162 - $564

Fly Oakland to Grand Rapids  •  9h

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Grand Rapids (GRR) OAK - GRR

$195 - $666

Train  •  2 days 11h

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

$256 - $368

Bus  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to El Monte, CA
  2. Take the bus from El Monte to Dayton Trotwood
  3. Take the bus from Dayton Trotwood to Detroit

$280 - $391

Drive  •  36h 59m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Detroit 2410.6 miles

$230 - $350

San Francisco to Michigan by subway, train and bus

The journey time between San Francisco and Michigan is around 3 days 8h and covers a distance of around 2711 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3 days 8h. Operated by BART, Amtrak and Southeast Michigan SMART, the San Francisco to Michigan service departs from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arrives in Cass + Michigan. Typically only one service runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3 days 8h
Fastest journey time:
3 days 8h
Services per week:
1
Cheapest price:
$256
Carbon emissions:
229 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:13
Last service departs at:
08:13

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Francisco to Michigan subway, train and bus schedules

San Francisco → Michigan
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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Michigan is to fly which costs $110 - $450 and takes 6h 17m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Michigan is to fly. Taking this option will cost $110 - $450 and takes 6h 17m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Michigan. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Detroit via Rosemead / Fern, El Monte and Dayton Trotwood. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 15h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Michigan is 2011 miles. The road distance is 2410.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Michigan without a car is to train which takes 2 days 11h and costs $250 - $370.

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It takes approximately 6h 17m to get from San Francisco to Michigan, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Michigan is to fly which takes 6h 17m and costs $110 - $450. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $250 - $370 and takes 2 days 11h, you could also bus, which costs $280 - $400 and takes 2 days 15h.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 29m.

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San Francisco to Michigan bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Detroit station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Michigan.
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  • Distance: 2011.4 miles
  • Duration: 6h 17m

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

Delta, United Airlines and four other airlines fly from San Francisco to Livonia every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Detroit via Richmond, Richmond, Chicago Union Station, Dearborn, and Dearborn Transit Center in around 2 days 11h.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Los Angeles, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Salt Lake City, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
9h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Jose to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Salt Lake City, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
9h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Denver, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Long Beach, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Seattle, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Reno, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Phoenix, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via San Diego, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Oakland to Grand Rapids via Las Vegas, Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Denver, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Boise, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 46m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Detroit via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Grand Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Detroit via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $800
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
Train from Chicago Union Station to Dearborn
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Bus operators
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to El Monte, CA
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
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 El Monte to Dayton Trotwood
Ave. Duration
47h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$210 - $290
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$210 - $290
Flexible
$300 - $430
Bus from Dayton Trotwood to Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $70

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Michigan is 3h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 10:49 AM in San Francisco and 1:49 PM in Michigan.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Michigan is 2411 miles. It takes approximately 36h 59m to drive from San Francisco to Michigan.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Detroit Airport.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Michigan. 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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