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Travel time from San Jose to West Yellowstone



San Jose to West Yellowstone airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Jose to West Yellowstone? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach West Yellowstone, 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, 4:31 am:  start in San Jose
drive for about 9 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:35 am at the latest

4:40 am:  Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 6:05 am

5:10 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

6:10 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

6:40 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

6:55 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:05 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 18 minutes

7:23 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:38 am:  wheels up! take-off from SJC
fly for about 51 minutes in the air

8:29 am:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as San Jose, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

8:39 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

9:05 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 26 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

9:20 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:30 am:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 35 minutes

10:05 am:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:26 am:  wheels up again! take-off from SLC
fly for about 2 hours in the air

1:34 pm (local time):  Bozeman Yellowstone International (BZN)
West Yellowstone is 1 hour ahead of San Jose
so the time in San Jose is actually 12:34 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 17 minutes to the gate

1:51 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BZN
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 4 hours to your destination

5:42 pm (local time):  arrive in West Yellowstone

Total travel time: 12 hours




Flying non-stop from San Jose to West Yellowstone

How far is West Yellowstone 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: 756 miles or 1217 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 36 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 12 hours, 11 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 12.2x faster, and saves you about 11 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 medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.



Best day of the week to fly to West Yellowstone

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from SJC to LAX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to BZN, 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.




Alternate flights from San Jose to West Yellowstone

The most common route is SJC to LAX, then connecting to BZN, 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. SJC to LAX to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Los Angeles International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  2. SJC to SEA to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Seattle/Tacoma International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  3. SJC to DEN to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Denver International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  4. SJC to SLC to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Salt Lake City International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  5. SJC to ORD to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Chicago O'Hare International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  6. SJC to MSP to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  7. SJC to ATL to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  8. SJC to IAH to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  9. SJC to EWR to BZN
    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International to Newark Liberty International to Bozeman Yellowstone International




Airlines that fly to West Yellowstone

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




Plan a trip to West Yellowstone

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to West Yellowstone, Montana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in West Yellowstone. Click the button below to explore West Yellowstone 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 West Yellowstone 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 West Yellowstone road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Jose to West Yellowstone?

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 756 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 36 minutes
West Yellowstone is 1 hour ahead of San Jose
37 San Jose travel answers
6 West Yellowstone travel answers

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West Yellowstone Airports
  1. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
  2. Idaho Falls Regional Airport
  3. Jackson Hole Airport



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