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Distance between Washington D.C. (DCA) and San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Flight distance from Washington D.C. to San Francisco (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – San Francisco International Airport) is 2442 miles / 3930 kilometers / 2122 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 5 hours 7 minutes.

Driving distance from Washington D.C. (DCA) to San Francisco (SFO) is 2828 miles / 4551 kilometers and travel time by car is about 49 hours 50 minutes.

Washington D.C. – San Francisco

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2442
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3930
Kilometers
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2122
Nautical miles

How far is San Francisco from Washington D.C.?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 2442.211 miles
  • 3930.357 kilometers
  • 2122.223 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth’s surface, using an ellipsoidal model of the earth.

Haversine formula
  • 2436.368 miles
  • 3920.954 kilometers
  • 2117.146 nautical miles

The haversine formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points assuming a spherical earth (great-circle distance – the shortest distance between two points).

Flight Duration

Estimated flight time from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Francisco International Airport is 5 hours 7 minutes.

Time difference

The time difference between Washington D.C. and San Francisco is 3 hours. San Francisco is 3 hours behind Washington D.C..
Washington D.C. time to San Francisco time converter

Carbon dioxide emissions

On average flying from Washington D.C. to San Francisco generates about 268 kg of CO2 per passenger, 268 kilograms is equal to 592 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Washington D.C. to San Francisco

Shortest flight path between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Airport information

Origin Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City: Washington D.C.
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DCA
ICAO Code: KDCA
Coordinates: 38°51′7″N, 77°2′15″W
Destination San Francisco International Airport
City: San Francisco, CA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: SFO
ICAO Code: KSFO
Coordinates: 37°37′8″N, 122°22′30″W

Airlines flying from Washington D.C. (DCA) to San Francisco (SFO)

United Airlines
Virgin America