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There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to Washington by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly San Francisco to Reagan Washington  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Reagan Washington (DCA) SFO - DCA

$168 - $562

7 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Washington Dulles  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Washington Dulles (IAD) SFO - IAD

$184 - $506

Fly San Francisco to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Baltimore (BWI) SFO - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station

$241 - $633

Fly Oakland to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Baltimore (BWI) OAK - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station

$225 - $716

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Baltimore, train  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Baltimore (BWI) SJC - BWI
  3. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station

$236 - $671

Train  •  2 days 23 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Chicago Union Station California Zephyr
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station Capitol Limited

$394 - $1,215

Bus  •  3 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Harrisburg, Pa
  3. Take the bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Washington, Dc

$304 - $802

Drive  •  44 h 6 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Washington 2830.8 miles

$270 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Washington is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 6 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Washington is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 6 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Washington. However, there are services departing from Salesforce Transit Center and arriving at Washington, Dc via Oakland, Ca, Las Vegas, Nv and Harrisburg, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 1 h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Washington is 2449 miles. The road distance is 2830.8 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Washington without a car is to train which takes 2 days 23 h and costs $390 - $1,300.

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It takes approximately 6 h 49 min to get from San Francisco to Washington, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oakland, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Washington is to fly which takes 6 h 49 min and costs $160 - $600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $390 - $1,300 and takes 2 days 23 h, you could also bus, which costs $300 - $800 and takes 3 days 1 h.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h.

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San Francisco to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Washington, Dc station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Washington.
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  • Distance: 2449.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 49 min

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

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and four other airlines fly from San Francisco to Washington hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Francisco to Washington via Richmond BART Station, Richmond Transit Station, and Chicago Union Station in around 2 days 23 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Albuquerque
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 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
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
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 Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$65 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $160
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
2 days 5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$220 - $360
Flexible
$430 - $600
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40

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Washington is 3 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 2:33 AM in San Francisco and 5:33 AM in Washington.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Washington is 2831 miles. It takes approximately 44 h 6 min to drive from San Francisco to Washington.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 802+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $80 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 $6 - $9.

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