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Travel time from Newark (New Jersey) to Los Angeles



Newark (New Jersey) to Los Angeles airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Newark (New Jersey) 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.


Sunday, 8:32 am:  start in Newark (New Jersey)
drive for about 1 hour
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:30 am at the latest

9:35 am:  John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:00 am

10:05 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

11:05 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

11:35 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

11:50 am:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes

12:20 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:47 pm:  wheels up! take-off from JFK
fly for about 6 hours in the air

3:35 pm (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles is 3 hours behind Newark (New Jersey)
so the time in Newark (New Jersey) is actually 6:35 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 16 minutes to the gate

3:51 pm (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

4:28 pm (local time):  arrive in Los Angeles

Total travel time: 11 hours




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

How far is Los Angeles from Newark (New Jersey)? 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: 5 hours, 22 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, 56 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.2x 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 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 Los Angeles

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from JFK 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 Sunday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Newark (New Jersey) to Los Angeles

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




Airlines that fly to Los Angeles

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 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 Newark (New Jersey), 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 Newark (New Jersey) to Los Angeles road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Newark (New Jersey) to Los Angeles?

If you happen to know Newark (New Jersey), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Newark (New Jersey)!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,442 miles
flight time of 5 hours, 22 minutes
Los Angeles is 3 hours behind Newark (New Jersey)
12 Newark (New Jersey) travel answers
564 Los Angeles travel answers

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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



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