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Travel time from Bakersfield to Las Vegas

Bakersfield to Las Vegas airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Bakersfield to Las Vegas? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Las Vegas, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Thursday, 1:00 pm:  start in Bakersfield
drive for about 14 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:39 pm at the latest

1:14 pm:  Meadows Field (BFL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:09 pm

1:29 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

1:59 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

2:14 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

2:29 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:39 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 17 minutes

2:56 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:17 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BFL
fly for about 47 minutes in the air

4:04 pm:  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as Bakersfield, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:08 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

4:30 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 22 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

4:45 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:55 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

5:16 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:34 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:36 pm (local time):  McCarran International (LAS)
Las Vegas is the same time as Bakersfield
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

6:45 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at LAS
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 20 minutes to your destination

7:04 pm (local time):  arrive in Las Vegas

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from BFL to LAS and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Bakersfield to Las Vegas 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

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Flying non-stop from Bakersfield to Las Vegas

How far is Las Vegas from Bakersfield? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 225 miles or 362 km

Flight time: 57 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 6 hours, 4 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.4x faster, and saves you about 5 hours in your total travel time.

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.

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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Las Vegas Airports
  1. McCarran International Airport
  2. Boulder City Municipal Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Las Vegas

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from BFL to SFO, and connecting flights on United Air Lines Inc. from SFO to LAS, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Bakersfield to Las Vegas

The most common route is BFL to SFO, then connecting to LAS, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. BFL to SFO to LAS
    Meadows Field to San Francisco International to McCarran International
  2. BFL to DEN to LAS
    Meadows Field to Denver International to McCarran International
  3. BFL to PHX to LAS
    Meadows Field to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to McCarran International
  4. BFL to IAH to LAS
    Meadows Field to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to McCarran International

Airlines that fly to Las Vegas

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and United Air Lines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  5. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  6. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)

Plan a trip to Las Vegas

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What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Las Vegas to Bakersfield, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Bakersfield to Las Vegas road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Bakersfield to Las Vegas?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 225 miles
flight time of 57 minutes
16 Bakersfield travel answers
305 Las Vegas travel answers

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