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Distance between Sacramento and Susanville

Driving non-stop from Sacramento to Susanville

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

Nonstop drive: 185 miles or 298 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 25 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.


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Flying non-stop from Sacramento to Susanville

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Sacramento, California and Susanville, 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: 134 miles or 216 km

Flight time: 30 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 51 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 1/4th 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.


Sacramento to Susanville road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Susanville, 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 Sacramento.

Drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Nevada City and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 48 minutes then stop in Kingvale and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 52 minutes then stop in Reno and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 50 minutes then stop at Virginia Mountains and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 1 hour and arrive in Susanville.


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:





Sacramento to Susanville 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: Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Arrival airport: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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: 28 minutes

Getting to your destination: 236 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SMF connecting through SFO and arriving at RNO flying on United Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 49 minutes

Connecting airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Connection flight time: 57 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Sacramento to Susanville including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 10 hours


To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:





Plan a trip to Susanville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Susanville, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Susanville. Click the button below to explore Susanville 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 Susanville to Sacramento, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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





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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 185 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 25 minutes
flight distance is 134 miles
flight time of 30 minutes
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