How long does it really take to fly from Los Angeles to Big Sur? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Big Sur, 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, 9:19 am: start in Los Angeles
drive for about 36 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:50 am at the latest
9:55 am: Los Angeles International (LAX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:20 am
10:25 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
11:25 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
11:55 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
12:10 pm: board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
12:20 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes
12:40 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 25 minutes to taxi to the runway
1:05 pm: wheels up! take-off from LAX
fly for about 50 minutes in the air
1:55 pm (local time): Monterey Regional (MRY)
Big Sur is the same time as Los Angeles
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate
1:58 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at MRY
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 1 hour to your destination
3:04 pm (local time): arrive in Big Sur
Total travel time: 6 hours
How far is Big Sur from Los Angeles? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 253 miles or 407 km
Flight time: 45 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 5 hours, 45 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 5.5x faster, and saves you about 4.5 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.
Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to MRY, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.
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:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Big Sur, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Big Sur. Trippy has an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: How Does One Get to Big Sur Via Train and How Does One Get Around?. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Fernwood Resort. A great place to eat might be Nepenthe. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Big Sur like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Big Sur like Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach? Click the button below to explore Big Sur in detail.
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 Big Sur to Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles to Big Sur road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Los Angeles to Big Sur?
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