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

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Recommended option

Fly Reagan Washington to San Francisco  •  7 h 50 min

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

$169 - $562

8 alternative options

Fly Washington Dulles to San Francisco  •  8 h 15 min

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

$185 - $509

Train to Baltimore, fly to Oakland  •  7 h 55 min

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

$226 - $711

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 53 min

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

$242 - $629

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  9 h 26 min

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

$236 - $663

Bus  •  2 days 22 h

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

$290 - $755

Train  •  2 days 23 h

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

$402 - $1,210

Bus, train  •  3 days 3 h

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago Amtrak, Il 4447
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station Amtrak California Zephyr

$371 - $1,097

Drive  •  43 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Washington to San Francisco 2830.2 miles

$270 - $400

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to San Francisco is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7 h 50 min and costs $160 - $600.

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The distance between Washington and San Francisco is 3919 km. The road distance is 4528 km.

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It takes approximately 7 h 50 min to get from Washington to San Francisco, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at San Francisco, Ca via Harrisburg, Pa, Las Vegas, Nv and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 22 h.

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

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and three other airlines fly from Washington to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to San Francisco via Harrisburg, Pa, Las Vegas, Nv, and Oakland, Ca in around 2 days 22 h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Austin
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 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
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Richmond Transit 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
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Washington, Dc to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
2 days 4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$210 - $360
Flexible
$420 - $550
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150
Bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
21 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $200
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $200

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