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Travel time from Lompoc to San Francisco


Lompoc to San Francisco airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Lompoc 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, 11:56 am:  start in Lompoc
drive for about 54 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:15 pm at the latest

12:50 pm:  Santa Maria Public/Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field (SMX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:45 pm

1:05 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

1:35 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

1:50 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

2:05 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 31 minutes

2:46 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:02 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SMX
fly for about 43 minutes in the air

3:45 pm (local time):  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco is the same time as Lompoc
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

3:49 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

4:22 pm (local time):  arrive in San Francisco

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SMX to SFO 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 Lompoc to San Francisco 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: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Lompoc to San Francisco

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

Flight distance: 242 miles or 390 km

Flight time: 58 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, 26 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 3 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.


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


Best day of the week to fly to San Francisco

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SMX 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 Lompoc to San Francisco

The most common route is SMX 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. SBA to SFO
    Santa Barbara Municipal to San Francisco International
  2. SBP to SFO
    San Luis County Regional to San Francisco International
  3. SMX to SFO
    Santa Maria Public/Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field to San Francisco International


Airlines that fly to San Francisco

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)


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

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 242 miles
flight time of 58 minutes
3 Lompoc travel answers
606 San Francisco travel answers










   
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