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Distance between Reno and San Francisco



Driving non-stop from Reno to San Francisco

How far is San Francisco from Reno? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 218 miles or 351 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 44 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.




Flying non-stop from Reno to San Francisco

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Reno, Nevada and San Francisco, California. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 186 miles or 299 km

Flight time: 45 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 32 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/10th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




Reno to San Francisco road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to San Francisco, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 5 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in Reno.

Drive for about 31 minutes, then stop in Tahoe City and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 58 minutes then stop in Nevada City and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 46 minutes then stop in Placerville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 44 minutes then stop in Sacramento and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 59 minutes then stop in Napa and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 41 minutes then stop at Golden Gate Bridge and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 7 minutes and arrive in San Francisco.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:






Reno to San Francisco airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

Arrival airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 10 minutes

Getting to your destination: 33 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from RNO to SFO on United Airlines and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 1 hour, 7 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Reno to San Francisco including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 4 hours




Plan a trip to San Francisco

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to San Francisco, California. A great place to eat might be Ike's Place. Trippy members can suggest things to do in San Francisco like Golden Gate Bridge. Check out some of the questions people have asked about San Francisco like Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?. Click the button below to explore San Francisco in detail.






How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from San Francisco to Reno, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Reno, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Reno!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 218 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 44 minutes
flight distance is 186 miles
flight time of 45 minutes
20 Reno travel answers
540 San Francisco travel answers





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