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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Flight distance from Des Moines to San Francisco (Des Moines International Airport – San Francisco International Airport) is 1549 miles / 2493 kilometers / 1346 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 3 hours 25 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to San Francisco (SFO) is 1813 miles / 2918 kilometers and travel time by car is about 29 hours 15 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

How far is San Francisco from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1549.072 miles
  • 2492.990 kilometers
  • 1346.107 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
  • 1545.427 miles
  • 2487.124 kilometers
  • 1342.939 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 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

Time difference and current local times

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

Time Difference

Des Moines, IA

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San Francisco, CA

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 183 kg (403 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → San Francisco (SFO).

Distance:
1549
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1549

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