How long does it really take to fly from Palm Springs to Washington, DC? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Washington, DC, 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.
Wednesday, 9:30 am: start in Palm Springs
drive for about 7 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:32 am at the latest
9:37 am: Palm Springs International (PSP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:02 am
10:07 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
11:07 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
11:37 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
11:52 am: board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
12:02 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 48 minutes
12:50 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway
1:06 pm: wheels up! take-off from PSP
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air
2:22 pm: San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as Palm Springs, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate
2:28 pm: arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight
3:01 pm: get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 33 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run
3:16 pm: board United Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
3:26 pm: scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 22 minutes
3:48 pm: actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway
4:02 pm: wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 4.5 hours in the air
11:28 pm (local time): Washington Dulles International (IAD)
Washington, DC is 3 hours ahead of Palm Springs
so the time in Palm Springs is actually 8:28 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate
11:35 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at IAD
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
Thursday, 12:41 am (local time): arrive in Washington, DC
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from PSP 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 Springs to Washington, DC 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: 8 hours
How far is Washington, DC from Palm Springs? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 2,213 miles or 3562 km
Flight time: 4 hours, 56 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 12 hours, 10 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 3x faster, and saves you about 8 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.
Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from PSP to SFO, and connecting flights on United Air Lines Inc. from SFO to IAD, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.
The most common route is PSP to SFO, then connecting to IAD, 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:
We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and United Air Lines 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:
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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 Washington, DC to Palm Springs, 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 Springs to Washington, DC road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Palm Springs to Washington, DC?
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