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Distance between Detroit, MI (DTW) and Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Flight distance from Detroit to Los Angeles (Detroit Metropolitan Airport – Los Angeles International Airport) is 1979 miles / 3185 kilometers / 1720 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 4 hours 14 minutes.

Driving distance from Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX) is 2280 miles / 3670 kilometers and travel time by car is about 40 hours 11 minutes.

Detroit – Los Angeles

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1979
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3185
Kilometers
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1720
Nautical miles

How far is Los Angeles from Detroit?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1978.781 miles
  • 3184.540 kilometers
  • 1719.514 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
  • 1974.744 miles
  • 3178.042 kilometers
  • 1716.006 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).

Flight Duration

Estimated flight time from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Los Angeles International Airport is 4 hours 14 minutes.

Time difference

The time difference between Detroit and Los Angeles is 3 hours. Los Angeles is 3 hours behind Detroit.
Detroit time to Los Angeles time converter

Carbon dioxide emissions

On average flying from Detroit to Los Angeles generates about 216 kg of CO2 per passenger, 216 kilograms is equal to 475 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Detroit to Los Angeles

Shortest flight path between Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Airport information

Origin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
City: Detroit, MI
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DTW
ICAO Code: KDTW
Coordinates: 42°12′44″N, 83°21′12″W
Destination 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

Airlines flying from Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX)

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