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Distance between San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Chicago, IL (ORD)

Flight distance from San Francisco to Chicago (San Francisco International Airport – Chicago O'Hare International Airport) is 1846 miles / 2971 kilometers / 1604 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 3 hours 59 minutes.

Driving distance from San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (ORD) is 2140 miles / 3444 kilometers and travel time by car is about 37 hours 7 minutes.

San Francisco – Chicago

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1846
Miles
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2971
Kilometers
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1604
Nautical miles

How far is Chicago from San Francisco?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here are two common 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 earth.

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).

Flight Duration

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

Time difference

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

On average flying from San Francisco to Chicago generates about 204 kg of CO2 per passenger, 204 kilograms is equal to 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)

Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
United Airlines
Virgin America