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Distance between Northridge and Malibu

Driving non-stop from Northridge to Malibu

How far is Malibu from Northridge? Here's the quick answer if you make this quick drive without any stops. Of course, traffic is going to make a big difference so make sure you check that before leaving.

Nonstop drive: 31 miles or 50 km

Driving time: 46 minutes

Even on a short drive, it might be more interesting to stop along the way and explore the local area. You can scroll down to see the calculation if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Northridge to Malibu

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Northridge, California and Malibu, 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: 22 miles or 35 km

Flight time: 33 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 9 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/1th 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.

Northridge to Malibu road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Malibu, 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: 59 minutes on the road


Start in Northridge.

Drive for about 16 minutes, then stop at Sagebrush Cantina and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 15 minutes then stop at Malibu Creek State Park and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 13 minutes then stop at Nobu Malibu and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 9 minutes then stop at Malibu Seafood and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 6 minutes and arrive in Malibu.

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:

Plan a trip to Malibu

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Malibu, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Malibu. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Malibu Beach Inn. A great place to eat might be Nobu Malibu. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Malibu like Malibu Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Malibu like Places to eat in Malibu?. Click the button below to explore Malibu 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 Malibu to Northridge, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 31 miles
driving time of 46 minutes
flight distance is 22 miles
flight time of 33 minutes
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65 Malibu travel answers

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