How long does it really take to fly from San Francisco to Anaheim? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Anaheim, 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, 8:42 am: start in San Francisco
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:10 am at the latest
9:15 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 10:40 am
9:45 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
10:45 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
11:15 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
11:30 am: board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
11:40 am: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 22 minutes
12:02 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway
12:18 pm: wheels up! take-off from SFO
fly for about 1 hour in the air
1:20 pm (local time): John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA)
Anaheim is the same time as San Francisco
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate
1:25 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at SNA
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 34 minutes to your destination
1:59 pm (local time): arrive in Anaheim
Total travel time: 5 hours
How far is Anaheim from San Francisco? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 371 miles or 597 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 5 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 5 hours, 17 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 5.3x faster, and saves you about 4.5 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.
Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from SFO to SNA, 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.
The most common route is SFO to SNA, 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 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:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Anaheim, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Anaheim. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. A great place to eat might be House of Blues. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Anaheim like Disneyland. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Anaheim like Disneyland Fireworks - best place to see them NOT at the park. Click the button below to explore Anaheim 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 Anaheim to San Francisco, 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 Francisco to Anaheim road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Francisco to Anaheim?
If you happen to know San Francisco, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about San Francisco!