The cost of driving from Chicago, Illinois to San Francisco, California is:

$226.46 one-way / $452.92 round trip

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The total cost of driving from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA (one-way) is $226.46 at current gas prices.

The round trip cost would be $452.92 to go from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA and back to Chicago, IL again.

Regular fuel costs are around $2.65 per gallon for your trip. This calculation assumes that your vehicle gets an average gas mileage of 25 mpg for a mix of city and highway driving.

All currency units are U.S. Dollars. If you prefer international units, the equivalent petrol pump price is 70.1 cents/litre. This assumes a typical fuel economy of 9.4 L/100 km.

You'll go through 85.4 gallons of gas during this trip. This is equal to 323.1 litres.

If you fill your tank with unleaded gasoline, the carbon emissions will be around 1,670 lbs CO2. This is equivalent to 757 kg CO2e or 0.76 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. These numbers may change depending on the exact make and model of your car. If your vehicle uses diesel instead, the CO2 emissions will be around 1,956 lbs CO2, which is equivalent to 887 kg CO2e or 0.89 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents.

These results are based on the actual driving distance from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA, which is 2,134 miles or 3 434 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Chicago, Illinois. The price of regular gas is currently averaging $2.33 in Illinois.

Your trip ends in San Francisco, California. The price of regular gas is around $2.98 in California.

Gas prices were last updated on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. Currently, we only have exact data for locations in the United States. To improve the accuracy of your fuel cost estimate, you can enter the actual price you pay for gas or petrol at the local pump in the table above.

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The following chart displays the difference in total cost of driving given varying fuel grades. If your car requires higher octane gas, you can find out how much more it will cost you to drive between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA.

Fuel grade   Avg Price   Trip Cost
Regular $2.65 $226.46
Mid-Grade $2.90 $247.16
Premium $3.14 $268.33
Diesel $2.70 $230.47

Chicago, Illinois

City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States
Category: cities
Average gas price in Illinois: $2.33

San Francisco, California

City: San Francisco
State: California
Country: United States
Category: cities
Average gas price in California: $2.98

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