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

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

Driving distance from Los Angeles (LAX) to Detroit (DTW) is 2282 miles / 3672 kilometers and travel time by car is about 37 hours 43 minutes.

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

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

How far is Detroit from Los Angeles?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Los Angeles and Detroit. 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).

Airport information


A 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

B 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

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Los Angeles and Detroit is 3 hours. Detroit is 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Time Difference

Los Angeles, CA

 PDT

Detroit, MI

 EDT

Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 216 kg (475 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Los Angeles (LAX) → Detroit (DTW).

Distance:
1979
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1979

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