The flight time from New York, New York to San Francisco, California is:

5 hours, 43 minutes

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In-air flight time: 5 hours, 43 minutes
From gate to gate: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Constant 500 mph: 5 hours, 9 minutes

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Flying time from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA

The total flight duration from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA is 5 hours, 43 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 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 New York, NY to San Francisco, CA is 6 hours, 15 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 5 hours, 9 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 San Francisco, CA.

The calculation of flight time is based on the straight line flight distance from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA ("as the crow flies"), which is about 2,572 miles or 4 139 kilometers.

Your trip begins in New York, New York.
It ends in San Francisco, California.

Your flight direction from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA is West (-78 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 offers plenty of transportation options for visitors to get from the airport to San Francisco city center and other cities in the area.

Check out Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Super Shuttle SFO, GO Lorrie’s Shuttle, American Airporter Shuttle, Gateway Global and Pure Luxury Transportation Services.

BART is fast, low-cost and it’s the best means of transportation if you need to avoid rush hour traffic. It only takes about a half-hour ride from San Francisco Airport (SFO) or Oakland Airport (OAK) to the city center.

Besides the world famous cable cars in the city, Tideline Water Taxi allows visitors to hop on and hop off at various loop locations throughout the day. The Golden Gate Ferry provides frequent service to Larkspur (on a 30-minute route) and also Sausalito (on a 30-minute route) from behind the south end of the Ferry Building.

If you like unique and alternative ways to explore the city, check out Cabrio Taxi Pedicabs. They offer high-tech pedicabs and fun and knowledgeable guides to take you and show you around San Francisco.

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New York, New York

City: New York
State: New York
Country: United States
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San Francisco, California

City: San Francisco
State: California
Country: United States
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