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How far is Chicago, IL, from San Francisco, CA?

The distance between San Francisco (San Francisco International Airport) and Chicago (Chicago O'Hare International Airport) is 1846 miles / 2971 kilometers / 1604 nautical miles. The estimated flight time is 3 hours and 59 minutes.

Driving distance from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (ORD) is 2137 miles / 3439 kilometers and travel time by car is about 37 hours 3 minutes.

San Francisco International Airport – Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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1846
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2971
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1604
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Distance from San Francisco to Chicago

There are several ways to calculate the distance from San Francisco to Chicago. Here are two standard methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 1846.120 miles
  • 2971.042 kilometers
  • 1604.235 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth's surface using an ellipsoidal model of the planet.

Haversine formula
  • 1841.724 miles
  • 2963.967 kilometers
  • 1600.414 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).

How long does it take to fly from San Francisco to Chicago?

The estimated flight time from San Francisco International Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 3 hours and 59 minutes.

What is the time difference between San Francisco and Chicago?

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

Flight carbon footprint between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

On average, flying from San Francisco to Chicago generates about 204 kg of CO2 per passenger, and 204 kilograms equals 449 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from San Francisco to Chicago

Shortest flight path between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Airport information

Origin 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
Destination Chicago O'Hare International Airport
City: Chicago, IL
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: ORD
ICAO Code: KORD
Coordinates: 41°58′42″N, 87°54′17″W

Airlines flying from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (ORD)

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