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Travelers usually depart from O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago, IL - Union Station, Chicago Rockford International, or Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station when they travel from Chicago to San Francisco. Book your trip to arrive at San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA Bus Stop, San Francisco, CA - Salesforce Plaza, San Francisco, CA Train Station, or San Francisco, CA - Fisherman’s Wharf. The distance between Chicago and San Francisco is 2968 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. Chicago and San Francisco have 268 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Alcatraz, Big Sur, and Golden Gate Bridge.

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San Francisco travel tips

1) Walk through San Francisco's Alamo Park among the Painted Ladies Victorian mansions

The Victorian buildings of Alamo Park, Painted Ladies, are often seen on postcards with local attractions. They are also called "six sisters". These buildings survived the 1906 earthquake. Some buildings house museums. Inside the walls are red, as they are made of sequoia. You can take part in a walking tour of the park but be prepared to walk a lot.

2) Head to Silicon Valley from San Francisco

You can go to the IT specialists' mecca, Silicon Valley, on the CalTrain. The average cost of a trip to Palo Alto is $10 (€8.50). The train runs every 30 minutes on weekdays.

3) Taste craft beer in San Francisco pubs

If you love craft beer, then this city is a perfect match for you. San Francisco is bursting with microbreweries experimenting with different flavors and trendsetting beer culture across the states. You may want to have a beer at places like Cellarmaker Brewing Co, Mikkeller, or Church Key.

United States COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Most travelers from Chicago, ORD can enter San Francisco, SFO.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Chicago to San Francisco?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Chicago and San Francisco takes around 4.8 hours.
What is the flight distance between Chicago and San Francisco?
The flight distance between Chicago and San Francisco is 2968 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Chicago and San Francisco?
Several carriers operate flights between Chicago and San Francisco. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and London, Manchester, Athens, Dublin, New York, Las Vegas, Vilnius, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Austin, Edinburgh, Paris, Nashville, Atlanta, Glasgow, Riga, Madrid.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and London, Dublin, Manchester, Manila, Athens, Tallinn, New Delhi, Las Vegas, Edinburgh, Denpasar, Bengaluru, Riga, Chennai, Atlanta, Bangkok, Washington, D.C., Hyderabad, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit.
Which airports are there in Chicago?
Chicago is mainly served by O Hare International. But there are other airports nearby, including Chicago Midway International, Chicago Rockford International.
What airports are near Chicago?
The main airport in Chicago is O Hare International. It is also served by Gerald R. Ford International, General Mitchell International, Dane County Regional, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, Fort Wayne International, Quad City International, South Bend International, Central Illinois Regional, Muskegon County, Decatur.
What airports are near San Francisco?
The main airport in San Francisco is San Francisco International. It is also served by San Francisco International, Sacramento International, Oakland International, San Jose International, Stockton Metropolitan, Monterey Regional, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Merced Regional, Buchanan Field.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Chicago and San Francisco?
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