The flight time from New York, New York to Los Angeles, California is:

5 hours, 23 minutes

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In-air flight time: 5 hours, 23 minutes
From gate to gate: 5 hours, 58 minutes
Constant 500 mph: 4 hours, 54 minutes

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Flying time from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA

The total flight duration from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA is 5 hours, 23 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 EWR to LAX. 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 New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA is 5 hours, 58 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 4 hours, 54 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 New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

The calculation of flight time is based on the straight line flight distance from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA ("as the crow flies"), which is about 2,451 miles or 3 944 kilometers.

Your trip begins in New York, New York.
It ends in Los Angeles, California.

Your flight direction from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA is West (-86 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.

There are many ways to get from Los Angeles Airport to the city or the surrounding areas.

The LAX FlyAway buses have regular scheduled round trips between terminals and to Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley), Union Station (Downtown Los Angeles), Westwood (West Los Angeles/UCLA), Santa Monica and Hollywood.

If you are heading to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and hotels in the Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove area take Grayline, Shuttle One or Mickey’s Space Ship Shuttle. Central Coast Shuttle travels to Central Coast area like Ventura, Santa Barbara, Buellton and Santa Maria.

For those who have friends and family waiting, LAX has a 24-hour LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot where drivers and passengers can wait for free for up to 2 hours. All you need to do is get to the Lot adjacent to the southwest corner of LAX Economy Parking Lot C. No parking is allowed at the Lot. Find out more at

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New York, New York

City: New York
State: New York
Country: United States
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Los Angeles, California

City: Los Angeles
State: California
Country: United States
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Travelmath provides an online flight time calculator for all types of travel routes. You can enter airports, cities, states, countries, or zip codes to find the flying time between any two points. The database uses the great circle distance and the average airspeed of a commercial airliner to figure out how long a typical flight would take. Find your travel time to estimate the length of a flight between airports, or ask how long it takes to fly from one city to another.