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

Flight distance from San Francisco to Washington D.C. (San Francisco International Airport – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) is 2442 miles / 3930 kilometers / 2122 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 5 hours 7 minutes.

Driving distance from San Francisco (SFO) to Washington D.C. (DCA) is 2827 miles / 4550 kilometers and travel time by car is about 46 hours 56 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

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

There are several ways to calculate distances between San Francisco and Washington D.C.. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 2442.211 miles
  • 3930.357 kilometers
  • 2122.223 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
  • 2436.368 miles
  • 3920.954 kilometers
  • 2117.146 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 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

B Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City: Washington D.C.
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DCA
ICAO Code: KDCA
Coordinates: 38°51′7″N, 77°2′15″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between San Francisco and Washington D.C. is 3 hours. Washington D.C. is 3 hours ahead of San Francisco.

Time Difference

San Francisco, CA

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Washington D.C.

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 268 kg (592 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

San Francisco (SFO) → Washington D.C. (DCA).

Distance:
2442
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
2442

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