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

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

Driving distance from San Francisco (SFO) to Washington D.C. (IAD) is 2819 miles / 4537 kilometers and travel time by car is about 46 hours 49 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 Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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)
  • 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).

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 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

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 266 kg (586 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

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

Distance:
2419
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
2419

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