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Travel time from Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey)



Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Newark (New Jersey), 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, 11:29 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 1:00 pm at the latest

12:05 pm:  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 1:30 pm

12:35 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

2:05 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

2:20 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 1 minute

2:31 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:52 pm:  wheels up! take-off from LAX
fly for about 5 hours in the air

10:38 pm (local time):  John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
Newark (New Jersey) is 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles
so the time in Los Angeles is actually 7:38 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

10:46 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at JFK
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

11:50 pm (local time):  arrive in Newark (New Jersey)

Total travel time: 9 hours




Flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey)

How far is Newark (New Jersey) 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: 2,442 miles or 3930 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 46 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 9 hours, 21 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.3x faster, and saves you about 5.5 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. 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 fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, 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 Newark (New Jersey)

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from LAX to JFK, 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 Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey)

The most common route is LAX to JFK, 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. LAX to JFK
    Los Angeles International to John F. Kennedy International
  2. LAX to EWR
    Los Angeles International to Newark Liberty International
  3. SNA to EWR
    John Wayne Airport-Orange County to Newark Liberty International
  4. LGB to JFK
    Long Beach Airport to John F. Kennedy International
  5. BUR to JFK
    Bob Hope to John F. Kennedy International




Airlines that fly to Newark (New Jersey)

We picked American 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. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  3. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  4. Virgin America (VX)




Plan a trip to Newark (New Jersey)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Newark, New Jersey. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Newark (New Jersey). If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Jane Hotel. A great place to eat might be Locanda Verde. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Newark (New Jersey) like Statue of Liberty. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Newark (New Jersey) like Best transportation from Newark Air Port to Times Swuare. Click the button below to explore Newark (New Jersey) 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 Newark (New Jersey) 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 Newark (New Jersey) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Los Angeles to Newark (New Jersey)?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,442 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 46 minutes
Newark (New Jersey) is 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles
564 Los Angeles travel answers
12 Newark (New Jersey) travel answers

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Newark (New Jersey) Airports
  1. Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Teterboro Airport
  3. Morristown Municipal Airport
  4. LaGuardia Airport
  5. John F. Kennedy International Airport
  6. Westchester County Airport
  7. Trenton-Mercer Airport



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