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Travel time from Baton Rouge to San Francisco

Baton Rouge to San Francisco airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Baton Rouge to San Francisco? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach San Francisco, 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, 9:09 am:  start in Baton Rouge
drive for about 15 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:19 am at the latest

9:24 am:  Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field (BTR)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:49 am

9:54 am:  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

10:54 am:  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

11:24 am:  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

11:39 am:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:49 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 11 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:00 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BTR
fly for about 1 hour in the air

1:05 pm:  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX is the same time as Baton Rouge, LA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

1:14 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

2:29 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 75 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:44 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:54 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

2:57 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:16 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from DFW
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air

4:42 pm (local time):  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco is 2 hours behind Baton Rouge
so the time in Baton Rouge is actually 6:42 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

4:47 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SFO
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 33 minutes to your destination

5:20 pm (local time):  arrive in San Francisco

Total travel time: 10 hours

Flying non-stop from Baton Rouge to San Francisco

How far is San Francisco from Baton Rouge? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,853 miles or 2982 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 12 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 10 hours, 11 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.5x faster, and saves you about 6 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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking 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.

Best day of the week to fly to San Francisco

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from BTR to DFW, and connecting flights on American Airlines Inc. from DFW to SFO, 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 Baton Rouge to San Francisco

The most common route is BTR to DFW, then connecting to SFO, 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. BTR to DFW to SFO
    Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field to Dallas/Fort Worth International to San Francisco International
  2. BTR to ATL to SFO
    Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to San Francisco International
  3. BTR to IAH to SFO
    Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to San Francisco International
  4. BTR to CLT to SFO
    Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field to Charlotte Douglas International to San Francisco International
  5. BTR to DCA to SFO
    Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field to Ronald Reagan Washington National to San Francisco International

Airlines that fly to San Francisco

We picked ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and American Airlines 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  2. Envoy Air (MQ)
  3. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  5. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)

Plan a trip to San Francisco

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to San Francisco, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in San Francisco. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Top of the Mark. 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.

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 San Francisco to Baton Rouge, 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 Baton Rouge to San Francisco road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Baton Rouge to San Francisco?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,853 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 12 minutes
San Francisco is 2 hours behind Baton Rouge
14 Baton Rouge travel answers
602 San Francisco travel answers


San Francisco Airports
  1. San Francisco International Airport
  2. Oakland International Airport
  3. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

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