The flight time from Chicago, Illinois to San Francisco, California is:

4 hours, 13 minutes

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In-air flight time: 4 hours, 13 minutes
From gate to gate: 4 hours, 32 minutes
Constant 500 mph: 3 hours, 43 minutes

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Flying time from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA

The total flight duration from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is 4 hours, 13 minutes.

This is the average in-air flight time (wheels up to wheels down on the runway) based on actual flights taken over the past year, including routes like MDW to SFO. It covers the entire time on a typical commercial flight including take-off and landing.

If you're planning a trip, you should also factor in extra time for the plane to pull back from the gate and taxi to the runway, as well as reaching the destination gate after landing. If you include this extra time on the tarmac, the average total elapsed time from gate to gate flying from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is 4 hours, 32 minutes.

Finally, pilots might want to estimate the flight time using an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/h or 434 knots. If you don't add any extra time to increase or decrease speed for take-off and landing, then at constant speed your flight time would be 3 hours, 43 minutes.

If you're booking a flight, make sure you check the scheduled departure and arrival times. You should also factor in airport wait times and possible equipment or weather delays. If you're trying to figure out what time you'll arrive at the destination, you may want to see if there's a time difference between Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA.

The calculation of flight time is based on the straight line flight distance from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA ("as the crow flies"), which is about 1,859 miles or 2 992 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Chicago, Illinois.
It ends in San Francisco, California.

Your flight direction from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is West (-87 degrees from North).

The flight time calculator measures the average flight duration between points. It uses the great circle formula to compute the travel mileage.

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and one of the largest Chinatowns in the United States. You get 24 blocks of exotic shops, restaurants, food markets, temples, herb shops and more to explore. The main entrance is at Grand Avenue and Bush Street. Enter through the Dragon’s Gate and walk right into the world of dim sum, dumplings, noodle soups and sizzling hot stir fries.

Some landmark buildings to look out for are Bank of Canton (formerly Chinese Telephone Exchange), Sing Chong Building and Sin Fat Building (across from Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral) and Bank of America. The old Chinese Telephone Exchange was built in 1891 and was the first public telephone pay station in Chinatown.

Interestingly, San Francisco’s first Catholic cathedral, The Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, dedicated in 1854, was built from granite excavated in China. San Francisco Chinatown has been a tourist attraction since the late 1800s.

Check out the street that used to be called “15 Cent Street” because long ago you could get a haircut for 15 cents. Now named Waverly Place, this vibrant street is filled with colors, people and smell.

Learn about fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory located on Ross Alley. Each day about 20,000 fortune cookies are handmade here. See the conveyor belt, miniature waffle irons, women at work and buy a bag of freshly made cookies to go. Admission is free and it is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm.

Chicago, Illinois

City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States
Category: cities

San Francisco, California

City: San Francisco
State: California
Country: United States
Category: cities

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