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Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus

The journey from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus is 1,855.87 mi and takes 63 hr 42 min. There are 13 connections per day, with the first departure at 9:00 AM and the last at 11:00 PM. It is possible to travel from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus for as little as $120.03 or as much as $250.62. The best price for this journey is $120.03.

Lowest Price$120.03
Journey Duration63 hr 42 min
Connection per Day13
Lowest Price$120.03
Highest Price$250.62
First Departure9:00 AM
Last Departure11:00 PM
Distance1,855.87 mi
DepartureChicago, IL
ArrivalSan Francisco, CA
CarriersGreyhound, FlixBus

Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA Bus Times

Departure date
Sunday, Apr 14, 2024

Traveling from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA with Virail

Virail helps thousands of travelers plan their journeys every year. How? It's easy. Just enter the dates on which you plan to travel from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA. Our powerful engine will look at the data from thousands of travel providers, then show you all the available routes. You can choose to travel however you want. Decide on the type of transport you want to use, what time of day you'd like to set off and whether you'd like a direct journey or one with connections. When you've found your ideal route, Virail will redirect you to the web page of the provider. There, you can make your booking, then it's time to prepare for your trip.

How much does it cost to get from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus?

The cheapest bus tickets from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA cost $120.03. On average, you can expect to spend around $179.21 for your bus ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper bus tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA.
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On average, you can expect to spend around $179.21 for your bus ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper bus tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA.

How long does the journey from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA take by bus?

Traveling from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus will usually take 63 hr 42 min. This journey covers a distance of 1,855.87 mi . When planning your trip, bear in mind that 63 hr 42 min is an average, and route times may vary from day to day. Weather conditions, issues with transport, unexpected diversions, and local events could all cause delays to your journey. Please keep the possibility of these exceptional events in mind when making travel plans. The distance between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA is around 1,855.87 mi. Depending on the exact route and provider you travel with, your journey time can vary. On average, this journey will take approximately 63 hr 42 min. However, the fastest routes between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA take 58 hr 15 min. If a fast journey is a priority for you when traveling, look out for express services that may get you there faster. Some flexibility may be necessary when booking. Often, these services only leave at particular times of day - or even on certain days of the week. You may also find a faster journey by taking an indirect route and connecting in another station along the way.

What time are the departures from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?

If you prefer to travel early, you will usually find the first departure from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA leaving at 9:00 AM. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last daily departure leaves at 11:00 PM.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays. If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA, which usually leaves at 9:00 AM. The last scheduled departure of the night is normally at 11:00 PM. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year.

How many daily journeys are there from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?

You will be able to travel from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA using companies such as . Combined, these providers offer an average of 13 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, 0 direct connections from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 13 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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The cheapest Chicago, IL - San Francisco, CA bus tickets can be found for as low as $217.89 if you’re lucky, or $254.16 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $277.66.

Find the best day to travel to San Francisco, CA by bus

When travelling to San Francisco, CA by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

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Greyhound is a bus company that provides intercity transportation services across North America. Founded in 1914, it is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in the United States and Canada, serving over 3,800 destinations. Greyhound operates on popular routes such as New York to Boston, Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and Boston to New York.

Services on board Greyhound and FlixBus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA
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Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA CO2 Emissions by Bus

Ecology
Train
209.07kg
Bus
224.01kg
Flight
597.35kg
Car
477.88kg

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?
A bus ticket from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is $179.21. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $120.03.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is $120.03. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA by bus?
Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is 1,855.87 mi.
How long does the bus between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA take?
Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is on average 63 hr 42 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 58 hr 15 min.
Which companies operate from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?
The bus journey from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is covered by 1 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Greyhound and FlixBus.
How many bus connections per day go from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?
Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA has 13 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA leave?
The earliest bus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA departs at 9:00 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA depart?
The latest bus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA departs at 11:00 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is $120.03 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
What's the fastest journey time between Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA is 58 hr 15 min.
Is there a direct bus from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA?
Yes, there is a direct bus between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA by bus?
The bus journey from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA creates 224.01kg of CO2 emissions.

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