# The flight time from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to San Francisco International Airport is:

### 4 hours, 35 minutes

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In-air flight time: 4 hours, 35 minutes
From gate to gate: 5 hours, 3 minutes
Constant 500 mph: 4 hours, 9 minutes

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take-off and landing: minutes

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## Flying time from DTW to SFO

The total flight duration from DTW to SFO is 4 hours, 35 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. 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 DTW to SFO is 5 hours, 3 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, 9 minutes.

Note that if you fly the other direction, the flight time from SFO to DTW would be 4 hours due to the effect of winds and the jet stream.

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 DTW and SFO.

The calculation of flight time is based on the straight line distance from DTW to SFO ("as the crow flies"), which is about 2,079 miles or 3 345 kilometers.

Your trip begins at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan.
It ends at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California.

Your flight direction from DTW to SFO 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.

## Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

IATA: DTW
ICAO: KDTW
FAA: DTW
City: Detroit
State: Michigan
Zip code: 48242
Country: United States
Category: airports

## San Francisco International Airport

IATA: SFO
ICAO: KSFO
FAA: SFO
City: San Francisco
State: California
Zip code: 94128
Country: United States
Category: airports