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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Los Angeles (Des Moines International Airport – Los Angeles International Airport) is 1447 miles / 2328 kilometers / 1257 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 3 hours 14 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Los Angeles (LAX) is 1703 miles / 2741 kilometers and travel time by car is about 27 hours 48 minutes.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Des Moines to Los Angeles.

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

How far is Los Angeles from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1446.568 miles
  • 2328.026 kilometers
  • 1257.033 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
  • 1443.939 miles
  • 2323.795 kilometers
  • 1254.749 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).

Airport information


A Des Moines International Airport
City: Des Moines, IA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DSM
ICAO Code: KDSM
Coordinates: 41°32′2″N, 93°39′47″W

B Los Angeles International Airport
City: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: LAX
ICAO Code: KLAX
Coordinates: 33°56′33″N, 118°24′28″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Des Moines and Los Angeles is 2 hours. Los Angeles is 2 hours behind Des Moines.

Time Difference

Des Moines, IA

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Los Angeles, CA

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 176 kg (388 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Los Angeles (LAX).

Distance:
1447
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1447

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