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Distance between Washington D.C. (IAD) and San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Flight distance from Washington D.C. to San Francisco (Washington Dulles International Airport – San Francisco International Airport) is 2419 miles / 3893 kilometers / 2102 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 5 hours 4 minutes.

Driving distance from Washington D.C. (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO) is 2820 miles / 4538 kilometers and travel time by car is about 49 hours 47 minutes.

Washington D.C. – San Francisco

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2419
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2102
Nautical miles

How far is San Francisco from Washington D.C.?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 2418.828 miles
  • 3892.726 kilometers
  • 2101.904 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
  • 2413.037 miles
  • 3883.407 kilometers
  • 2096.872 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 Washington Dulles International Airport to San Francisco International Airport is 5 hours 4 minutes.

Time difference

The time difference between Washington D.C. and San Francisco is 3 hours. San Francisco is 3 hours behind Washington D.C..
Washington D.C. time to San Francisco time converter

Carbon dioxide emissions

On average flying from Washington D.C. to San Francisco generates about 266 kg of CO2 per passenger, 266 kilograms is equal to 586 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Washington D.C. to San Francisco

Shortest flight path between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Airport information

Origin Washington Dulles International Airport
City: Washington D.C.
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: IAD
ICAO Code: KIAD
Coordinates: 38°56′40″N, 77°27′20″W
Destination 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

Airlines flying from Washington D.C. (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO)

United Airlines
Virgin America