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).
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.
Des Moines, IA
Los Angeles, CA
Carbon dioxide emissions
Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 176 kg (388 pounds).
Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator
Des Moines (DSM) → Los Angeles (LAX).