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

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Fly Reagan Washington to San Francisco  •  8 h 3 min

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

$169 - $562

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Fly Washington Dulles to San Francisco  •  8 h 24 min

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

$185 - $509

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Francisco  •  8 h 10 min

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

$242 - $629

Train to Baltimore, fly to Oakland  •  8 h 34 min

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

$226 - $711

Train to Baltimore, fly to San Jose  •  10 h 22 min

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

$277 - $704

Train to Philadelphia, fly to San Francisco  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Francisco (SFO) PHL - SFO

$267 - $962

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

$285 - $742

Train  •  2 days 23 h

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

$402 - $1,210

Drive  •  43 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Washington to San Francisco 2830.2 miles

$270 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to San Francisco is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 8 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to San Francisco is to fly which costs $160 - $600 and takes 8 h 3 min.

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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 Salesforce Transit Center via Harrisburg, Pa, Las Vegas, Nv and Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 22 h.

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The distance between Washington and San Francisco is 2449 miles. The road distance is 2830.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 22 h and costs $280 - $750.

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It takes approximately 8 h 3 min to get from Washington to San Francisco, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Washington to San Francisco is to fly which takes 8 h 3 min and costs $160 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $750 and takes 2 days 22 h, you could also train, which costs $400 - $1,300 and takes 2 days 23 h.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 6 h 14 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Washington to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 2449.3 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 3 min

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

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and four 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, Oakland, Ca, and Thomas L Berkley Way 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 55 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Dallas
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Baltimore to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
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 Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
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 Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
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 to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Twice 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

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 Washington, Dc to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
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
Once daily
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150

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San Francisco is 3 h behind Washington. It is currently 2:58 PM in Washington and 11:58 AM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Washington to San Francisco is 2830 miles. It takes approximately 43 h 49 min to drive from Washington to San Francisco.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Delta, Air Canada and three other airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 612+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $104 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $4.

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