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Travel time from San Francisco to Palm Springs



San Francisco to Palm Springs airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Francisco to Palm Springs? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Palm Springs, 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, 10:27 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 11:55 am at the latest

11:00 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 12:25 pm

11:30 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

12:30 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

1:00 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

1:15 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:25 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

1:37 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:57 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SFO
fly for about 59 minutes in the air

2:56 pm (local time):  Palm Springs International (PSP)
Palm Springs is the same time as San Francisco
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

3:02 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PSP
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 7 minutes to your destination

3:09 pm (local time):  arrive in Palm Springs

Total travel time: 5 hours




Flying non-stop from San Francisco to Palm Springs

How far is Palm Springs 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: 427 miles or 688 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 4 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 4 hours, 42 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 4.7x 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.

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 Palm Springs

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to PSP, 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 Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.




Airlines that fly to Palm Springs

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Alaska Airlines Inc. (AS)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)




Plan a trip to Palm Springs

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Palm Springs, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Palm Springs. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Cheeky's. A great place to eat might be Trio Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Palm Springs like Palm Springs Art Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Palm Springs like Best hotel pools in Palm Springs? Click the button below to explore Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Francisco to Palm Springs?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 427 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 4 minutes
608 San Francisco travel answers
47 Palm Springs travel answers

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Palm Springs Airports
  1. Palm Springs International Airport



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