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Travel time from Oklahoma to Bakersfield

Oklahoma to Bakersfield airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Oklahoma 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.

Thursday, 12:12 pm:  start in Oklahoma
drive for about 2 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:05 pm at the latest

2:10 pm:  Will Rogers World (OKC)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:35 pm

2:40 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

3:40 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

4:10 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

4:25 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:35 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

4:56 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 10 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:06 pm:  wheels up! take-off from OKC
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

5:26 pm (local time):  Denver International (DEN)
Denver, CO is 1 hour behind Oklahoma City, OK
so the time in Oklahoma is actually 6:26 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

5:33 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:21 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 48 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:36 pm (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:46 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:06 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 2 hours in the air

8:18 pm (local time):  Meadows Field (BFL)
Bakersfield is 1 hour behind Denver, CO
and 2 hours behind Oklahoma
so the time in Oklahoma is actually 10:18 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

8:23 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

8:37 pm (local time):  arrive in Bakersfield

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from OKC to BFL 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 Oklahoma to Bakersfield 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: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Oklahoma to Bakersfield

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

Flight distance: 1,244 miles or 2001 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 59 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, 25 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.2x faster, and saves you about 8.5 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 medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.

Bakersfield Airports
  1. Meadows Field

Best day of the week to fly to Bakersfield

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from OKC to DEN, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from DEN 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 Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Oklahoma to Bakersfield

The most common route is OKC to DEN, then connecting to BFL, 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. OKC to DEN to BFL
    Will Rogers World to Denver International to Meadows Field
  2. OKC to PHX to BFL
    Will Rogers World to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Meadows Field
  3. OKC to SFO to BFL
    Will Rogers World to San Francisco International to Meadows Field
  4. OKC to IAH to BFL
    Will Rogers World to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Meadows Field

Airlines that fly to Bakersfield

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your connecting 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. 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 Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma to Bakersfield road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Oklahoma to Bakersfield?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,244 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 59 minutes
Bakersfield is 2 hours behind Oklahoma
5 Oklahoma travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers

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