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Distance between San Diego, CA (SAN) and Chicago, IL (MDW)

Flight distance from San Diego to Chicago (San Diego International Airport – Chicago Midway International Airport) is 1728 miles / 2781 kilometers / 1502 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 3 hours 46 minutes.

Driving distance from San Diego (SAN) to Chicago (MDW) is 2075 miles / 3339 kilometers and travel time by car is about 34 hours 18 minutes.

Map of flight path and driving directions from San Diego to Chicago.

Shortest flight path between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

How far is Chicago from San Diego?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1728.013 miles
  • 2780.967 kilometers
  • 1501.602 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
  • 1724.929 miles
  • 2776.004 kilometers
  • 1498.922 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 San Diego International Airport
City: San Diego, CA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: SAN
ICAO Code: KSAN
Coordinates: 32°44′0″N, 117°11′24″W

B Chicago Midway International Airport
City: Chicago, IL
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: MDW
ICAO Code: KMDW
Coordinates: 41°47′9″N, 87°45′8″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between San Diego and Chicago is 2 hours. Chicago is 2 hours ahead of San Diego.

Time Difference

San Diego, CA

 PDT

Chicago, IL

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 195 kg (429 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

San Diego (SAN) → Chicago (MDW).

Distance:
1728
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
1728

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