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Travelers usually depart from O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago Rockford International, Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station, or Chicago Union Station when they travel from Chicago to San Francisco. Book your trip to arrive at San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA-Salesforce Plaza, or San Francisco Train Station. The distance between Chicago and San Francisco is 2968 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Chicago and San Francisco have 211 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, and Alcatraz.

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NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingAirport check-in closesOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesUnknownOpens 1 days before flight
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Southwest AirlinesSWAWNNoUnknownOpens 1 days before flight
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American AirlinesAALAAYesUnknownNo
Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoUnknownOpens 1 days before flight
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Spirit AirlinesNKSNKNo10 min before flightOpens 1 days before flight
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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 4.7 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 United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines.

What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?

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

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, Newark Liberty International, McCarran International, Denver International, George Bush Intercontinental, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, O Hare International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International, Nashville International, Portland International.

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, South Bend International, Central Illinois Regional, Quad City International, Fort Wayne International, Muskegon County, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek 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, Monterey Regional, Stockton Metropolitan, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Merced Regional, Buchanan Field.

What buses and trains depart from Chicago?

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

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