Distance from San Francisco (US) to San Diego (US)

Name San Francisco San Diego
Country United States United States
Country ISO codes US / USA US / USA
Continent North America North America
Continent code NA NA
DD coordinates 37.774930 / -122.419416 32.715329 / -117.157255
Time zone America/Los_Angeles America/Los_Angeles
Airports 1 7
Miles from San Francisco to San Diego: 458
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There are many ways to find how far is San Francisco from San Diego, the distance calculated in kilometers and miles by Haversine formula - distance between coordinates: 37.774930 / -122.419416 and 32.715329 / -117.157255.


When planning a trip on your own, you want to know how many hours it would take to get to your destination and find the shortest way between your current location and the target point. Our service is designed to deliver fast and accurate information on how far San Francisco (US) from San Diego (US) is for you to make a sound decision as to the best transportation mode and other details of your journey.

The distance from San Francisco to San Diego amounts to 738 km / 458 mil. It is calculated as an air miles distance since this is the fastest and most direct path between two points. However, it is not exactly a straight line because the trigonometric formula used in the calculations takes into account the curvature of the Earth’s surface. We have factored in the actual sites occupied by the cities and figured the distance by taking coordinates from 37.774930 / -122.419416 and coordinates to 32.715329 / -117.157255.

The flight time of 0 hours, 52 minutes is calculated based on the average speed of modern commercial aircraft. However, you are not limited to traveling from San Francisco (US) to San Diego (US) by plane and can estimate your drive time and backward distance if you opt for traveling by car. Also, note the time zones of the cities, which are America/Los_Angeles / America/Los_Angeles.

Reverse direction from San Diego to San Francisco.

Travel time by different modes of transport

Depart from San Francisco (US)
Arrives in San Diego (US)
Distance between 738 km / 458 mil
Avg car duration 8 hours, 11 minutes (90 km/h)
Avg bus duration 12 hours, 17 minutes (60 km/h)
Avg train duration 7 hours, 22 minutes (100 km/h)
Avg flight duration 0 hours, 49 minutes (900 km/h)

* Estimated time when driving in a straight line at the same speed.

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People also ask - FAQ

The shortest distance between San Francisco and San Diego is 738 kilometers = 458 miles, the calculation is carried out using the formula Haversine between latitude / longitude points on the Earth's surface, using an ellipsoidal model.
The shortest flight distance from San Francisco (37.774930 / -122.419416) to San Diego (32.715329 / -117.157255) is 458 miles. If you travel by airplane (average speed of 560 miles) flight time to San Diego takes approximately 0 hours, 49 minutes.
It will take you about 12 hours, 17 minutes to drive from San Francisco, US to San Diego, US, plus time for stops like food breaks, bathroom breaks, gas breaks and overnight stays.
Yes, but conditions apply when entering San Diego.