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Travelers usually depart from San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA-Salesforce Plaza, or San Francisco Train Station when they travel from San Francisco to Chicago. Book your trip to arrive at O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago Rockford International, Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station, or Chicago - Cabrini St Parking. The distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. San Francisco and Chicago have 179 direct flights per week.

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NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingAirport check-in closesOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesUnknownNo
American AirlinesAALAAYesUnknownNo
Southwest AirlinesSWAWNNoUnknownNo
Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoUnknownNo
Delta Air LinesDALDLYesUnknownNo

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from San Francisco to Chicago?

A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between San Francisco and Chicago takes around 4.2 hours.

What is the flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago?

The flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km.

What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between San Francisco and Chicago?

Several carriers operate flights between San Francisco and Chicago. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines.

What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?

Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles International, McCarran International, Denver International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, George Bush Intercontinental, Seattle–Tacoma International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International, Vancouver International, San Diego International, Salt Lake City International.

What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?

Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and Los Angeles International, McCarran International, Miami International, Orlando International, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International, Denver International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, Logan International, Tampa International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International.

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.

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, Fort Wayne International, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, South Bend International, Central Illinois Regional, Quad City International, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International, Decatur.

What buses and trains depart from San Francisco?

A number of bus and train companies depart from San Francisco, including Greyhound.

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