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How far is San Diego, CA, from Des Moines, IA?

The distance between Des Moines (Des Moines International Airport) and San Diego (San Diego International Airport) is 1428 miles / 2297 kilometers / 1240 nautical miles. The estimated flight time is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to San Diego (SAN) is 1750 miles / 2817 kilometers and travel time by car is about 30 hours 27 minutes.

Des Moines International Airport – San Diego International Airport

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Distance from Des Moines to San Diego

There are several ways to calculate the distance from Des Moines to San Diego. Here are two standard methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1427.536 miles
  • 2297.396 kilometers
  • 1240.495 nautical miles

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

Haversine formula
  • 1425.307 miles
  • 2293.809 kilometers
  • 1238.558 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).

How long does it take to fly from Des Moines to San Diego?

The estimated flight time from Des Moines International Airport to San Diego International Airport is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

What is the time difference between Des Moines and San Diego?

The time difference between Des Moines and San Diego is 2 hours. San Diego is 2 hours behind Des Moines.

Flight carbon footprint between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and San Diego International Airport (SAN)

On average, flying from Des Moines to San Diego generates about 175 kg of CO2 per passenger, and 175 kilograms equals 386 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Des Moines to San Diego

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).

Airport information

Origin 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
Destination San Diego International Airport
City: San Diego, CA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: SAN
ICAO Code: KSAN
Coordinates: 32°44′0″N, 117°11′24″W