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Travel time from La Jolla to Los Angeles


La Jolla to Los Angeles airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from La Jolla to Los Angeles? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Los Angeles, 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, 7:08 am:  start in La Jolla
drive for about 28 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:31 am at the latest

7:36 am:  San Diego International (SAN)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:01 am

8:06 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

9:06 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

9:36 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

9:51 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:01 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

10:11 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:38 am:  wheels up! take-off from SAN
fly for about 27 minutes in the air

11:05 am (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles is the same time as La Jolla
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

11:15 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at LAX
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 36 minutes to your destination

11:51 am (local time):  arrive in Los Angeles

Total travel time: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from La Jolla to Los Angeles

How far is Los Angeles from La Jolla? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 100 miles or 161 km

Flight time: 24 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 4 hours, 43 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.6x faster, and saves you about 4 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.


Los Angeles Airports
  1. Bob Hope Airport
  2. Los Angeles International Airport
  3. Long Beach Airport
  4. LA/Ontario International Airport
  5. John Wayne Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Los Angeles

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SAN to LAX, 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.



Airlines that fly to Los Angeles

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main 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. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)


Plan a trip to Los Angeles

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Los Angeles, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Los Angeles. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Shutters On the Beach. A great place to eat might be Gjelina. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Los Angeles like Santa Monica Pier. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Los Angeles like Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.? Click the button below to explore Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to La Jolla, 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 La Jolla to Los Angeles road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from La Jolla to Los Angeles?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 100 miles
flight time of 24 minutes
30 La Jolla travel answers
610 Los Angeles travel answers










   
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