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Travel time from San Francisco to Lisbon

San Francisco to Lisbon airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Francisco to Lisbon? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Lisbon, 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, 9:20 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 10:48 am at the latest

9:53 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 11:18 am

10:23 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

11:23 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

11:53 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

12:08 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:18 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 17 minutes

12:35 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 24 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:59 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SFO
fly for about 55 minutes in the air

1:54 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as San Francisco, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 17 minutes to the gate

2:11 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

3:35 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 84 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:50 pm:  board Lufthansa German Airlines connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:00 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
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

4:15 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from EWR
fly for about 7.5 hours in the air

Friday, 7:31 am (local time):  Lisboa (LIS)
Lisbon is 8 hours ahead of San Francisco
so the time in San Francisco is actually 11:31 pm
you actually arrive the day after you left
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

7:46 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at LIS
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 13 minutes to your destination

7:59 am (local time):  arrive in Lisbon

Total travel time: 15 hours

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Flying non-stop from San Francisco to Lisbon

How far is Lisbon 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: 5,678 miles or 9138 km

Flight time: 11 hours, 51 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 14 hours, 39 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 1.3x faster, and saves you about 3.5 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 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.

Lisbon Airports
  1. Lisbon Portela Airport

Alternate flights from San Francisco to Lisbon

The most common route is SFO to LAX, then connecting to LIS, 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. SFO to LAX to LIS
    San Francisco International to Los Angeles International to Lisboa
  2. SFO to JFK to LIS
    San Francisco International to John F. Kennedy International to Lisboa
  3. SFO to EWR to LIS
    San Francisco International to Newark Liberty International to Lisboa
  4. SFO to BOS to LIS
    San Francisco International to Logan International to Lisboa
  5. SFO to IAD to LIS
    San Francisco International to Washington Dulles International to Lisboa
  6. SFO to PHL to LIS
    San Francisco International to Philadelphia International to Lisboa
  7. SFO to CLT to LIS
    San Francisco International to Charlotte Douglas International to Lisboa
  8. SFO to MIA to LIS
    San Francisco International to Miami International to Lisboa
  9. SFO to IND to LIS
    San Francisco International to Indianapolis International to Lisboa

Airlines that fly to Lisbon

We picked United Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Lufthansa German Airlines 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. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  2. Virgin America (VX)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  4. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  5. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  6. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  7. Lufthansa German Airlines (LH)

Plan a trip to Lisbon

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Lisbon. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa. A great place to eat might be Pastéis de Belém. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Lisbon like Alfama. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Lisbon like Best free things to do in Lisbon? Click the button below to explore Lisbon 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 Lisbon to San Francisco, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 5,678 miles
flight time of 11 hours, 51 minutes
Lisbon is 8 hours ahead of San Francisco
606 San Francisco travel answers
272 Lisbon travel answers

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