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Travel time from San Jose to Gilroy

San Jose to Gilroy airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Jose to Gilroy? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Gilroy, 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, 6:06 am:  start in San Jose
drive for about 1.5 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:40 am at the latest

7:45 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 9:10 am

8:15 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

9:15 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

9:45 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

10:00 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:10 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

10:13 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 23 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:36 am:  wheels up! take-off from SFO
fly for about 21 minutes in the air

10:57 am (local time):  Monterey Regional (MRY)
Gilroy is the same time as San Jose
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

11:01 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at MRY
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 1.5 hours to your destination

12:39 pm (local time):  arrive in Gilroy

Total travel time: 7 hours

Flying non-stop from San Jose to Gilroy

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

Flight distance: 29 miles or 47 km

Flight time: 9 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 6 hours, 33 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 23.2x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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 Gilroy

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to MRY, 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 Gilroy

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)

Plan a trip to Gilroy

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Gilroy, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Gilroy. A great place to eat might be Vertigo Coffee. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Gilroy like Gilroy Premium Outlets. Click the button below to explore Gilroy 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 Gilroy to San Jose, 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 Jose to Gilroy road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Jose to Gilroy?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 29 miles
flight time of 9 minutes
39 San Jose travel answers
4 Gilroy travel answers


Gilroy Airports
  1. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
  2. Monterey Regional Airport

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