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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly San Francisco to Reagan Washington  •  6 h 58 min

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

$168 - $562

8 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Washington Dulles  •  7 h 16 min

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

$184 - $506

Fly Oakland to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 50 min

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

$225 - $716

Fly San Francisco to Baltimore, train  •  7 h 51 min

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

$241 - $633

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Baltimore, train  •  8 h 47 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 Marshall Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak

$236 - $668

Train  •  2 days 23 h

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

$394 - $1,215

Train, bus  •  3 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc 1632 / ...

$371 - $1,098

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

$310 - $816

Drive  •  44 h 6 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Washington 2830.8 miles

$270 - $400

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Washington is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 6 h 58 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 58 min.

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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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It takes approximately 6 h 58 min to get from San Francisco to Washington, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Washington. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca 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 quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 10 min.

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San Francisco to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Las Vegas, Nv 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 58 min

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

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

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Nashville
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Jose to Baltimore via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Francisco to Reagan Washington via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Baltimore via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
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 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Transit Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
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
Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
18 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$220 - $360
Flexible
$430 - $600
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40

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