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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, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and American Airlines. Chicago and San Francisco have 401 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Big Sur.

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United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
Alaska AirlinesASAASYesOpens 24 days before flight
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Delta Air LinesDALDLYesOpens 24 days before flight
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Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoOpens 24 days before flight
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American AirlinesAALAAYesNo

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.

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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 Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and Las Vegas, Guadalajara, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix, Mexico City, Paris, Barcelona, Tampa, Miami, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Madrid, Fort Myers, Athens, New York, Austin, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and Las Vegas, Denver, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, London, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Rome, Orlando, Mexico City, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Lisbon, 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, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, Dane County Regional, Fort Wayne International, Central Illinois Regional, South Bend International, Quad City International, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International, 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.
What buses and trains depart from Chicago?
A number of bus and train companies depart from Chicago, including Greyhound.
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