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Travel time from Oakland to Bakersfield

Oakland to Bakersfield airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Oakland to Bakersfield? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Bakersfield, 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.

Tuesday, 7:52 am:  start in Oakland
drive for about 43 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:30 am at the latest

8:35 am:  San Francisco International (SFO)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:00 am

9:05 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

10:05 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

10:35 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

10:50 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:00 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 8 minutes

11:08 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 25 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:33 am:  wheels up! take-off from SFO
fly for about 40 minutes in the air

12:13 pm (local time):  Meadows Field (BFL)
Bakersfield is the same time as Oakland
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

12:18 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BFL
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 14 minutes to your destination

12:32 pm (local time):  arrive in Bakersfield

Total travel time: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Oakland to Bakersfield

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

Flight distance: 247 miles or 397 km

Flight time: 57 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, 39 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 3.5 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.

Bakersfield Airports
  1. Meadows Field

Best day of the week to fly to Bakersfield

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to BFL, 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 Tuesday for the flight itinerary above.

Airlines that fly to Bakersfield

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 Bakersfield

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Bakersfield, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Bakersfield. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Bakersfield like Best free things to do in Bakersfield? Click the button below to explore Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield to Oakland, 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 Oakland to Bakersfield road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Oakland to Bakersfield?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 247 miles
flight time of 57 minutes
57 Oakland travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers

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