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Travel time from San Diego to Phoenix



San Diego to Phoenix airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Diego to Phoenix? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Phoenix, 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, 7:04 am:  start in San Diego
drive for about 6 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:05 am at the latest

7:10 am:  San Diego International (SAN)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 8:35 am

7:40 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

8:40 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

9:10 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

9:25 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:35 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 11 minutes

9:46 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:58 am:  wheels up! take-off from SAN
fly for about 48 minutes in the air

10:46 am (local time):  Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Phoenix is the same time as San Diego
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

10:53 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at PHX
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 11 minutes to your destination

11:04 am (local time):  arrive in Phoenix

Total travel time: 4 hours




Flying non-stop from San Diego to Phoenix

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

Flight distance: 299 miles or 481 km

Flight time: 50 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 3 hours, 60 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.4x faster, and saves you about 3 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Phoenix

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from SAN to PHX, 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.




Airlines that fly to Phoenix

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)




Plan a trip to Phoenix

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Phoenix. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. A great place to eat might be Chelsea's Kitchen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Phoenix like Piestewa Peak. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Phoenix like What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix? Click the button below to explore Phoenix 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 Phoenix to San Diego, 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 San Diego to Phoenix road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Diego to Phoenix?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 299 miles
flight time of 50 minutes
216 San Diego travel answers
102 Phoenix travel answers

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Phoenix Airports
  1. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  2. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport



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