How long does it really take to fly from Palm Beach to California? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach California, 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, 8:38 am: start in Palm Beach
drive for about 2 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 11:45 am at the latest
10:50 am: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 12:15 pm
11:20 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
12:20 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
12:50 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
1:05 pm: board JetBlue Airways flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
1:15 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway
1:30 pm: wheels up! take-off from FLL
fly for about 2 hours in the air
3:31 pm (local time): Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)
California is the same time as Palm Beach
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate
3:34 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at DCA
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 2.5 hours to your destination
5:57 pm (local time): arrive in California
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from FLL to DCA 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 Palm Beach to California 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: 9 hours
How far is California from Palm Beach? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 825 miles or 1328 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 54 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, 19 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 9.3x 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.
Looking at flights on JetBlue Airways from FLL to DCA, 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 JetBlue Airways 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 California, Maryland. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in California. Check out some of the questions people have asked about California like Any "must see" places to go to while staying in California? Click the button below to explore California 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 California to Palm Beach, 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 Palm Beach to California road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Palm Beach to California?
If you happen to know Palm Beach, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Palm Beach!