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There are 2 ways to get from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area by train or car

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Train  •  2 days 23h

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

$483 - $654

1 alternative option

Drive  •  43h 50m

  1. Drive from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area 2830.1 miles

$270 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area is to drive which costs $270 - $400 and takes 43h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area is to drive which costs $270 - $400 and takes 43h 50m.

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The distance between Washington and San Francisco Bay Area is 2446 miles. The road distance is 2830.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area without a car is to train which takes 2 days 23h and costs $480 - $700.

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It takes approximately 2 days 23h to get from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to San Francisco Bay Area is 2830 miles. It takes approximately 43h 50m to drive from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area.

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There are 642+ hotels available in San Francisco Bay Area. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 2445.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 days 23h

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

You can take a train from Washington to San Francisco Bay Area via ROCKVILLE station, Rockville Amtrak, Chicago Union Station, and Martinez Amtrak Station in around 2 days 23h.

Train operators
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 Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Martinez Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700

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