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).
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.
Des Moines, IA
San Francisco, CA
Carbon dioxide emissions
Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 183 kg (403 pounds).
Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator
Des Moines (DSM) → San Francisco (SFO).