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Travel time from Savannah to San Diego


Savannah to San Diego airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Savannah to San Diego? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach San Diego, 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, 2:01 pm:  start in Savannah
drive for about 20 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:16 pm at the latest

2:21 pm:  Savannah/Hilton Head International (SAV)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:46 pm

2:51 pm:  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

3:51 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

4:21 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

4:36 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:46 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 8 minutes

4:54 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:11 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SAV
fly for about 42 minutes in the air

5:53 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Savannah, GA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

6:02 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

6:35 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 33 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:50 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:00 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

7:13 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:30 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 4.5 hours in the air

8:48 pm (local time):  San Diego International (SAN)
San Diego is 3 hours behind Savannah
so the time in Savannah is actually 11:48 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

8:52 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SAN
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

8:59 pm (local time):  arrive in San Diego

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SAV to SAN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Savannah to San Diego including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Savannah to San Diego

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

Flight distance: 2,098 miles or 3376 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 42 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 9 hours, 58 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.5x faster, and saves you about 6 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.


San Diego Airports
  1. San Diego International Airport
  2. Tijuana International Airport
  3. McClellan-Palomar Airport


Best day of the week to fly to San Diego

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from SAV to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to SAN, 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 Savannah to San Diego


Airlines that fly to San Diego

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


Plan a trip to San Diego

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to San Diego, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in San Diego. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hotel Del Coronado. A great place to eat might be The Prado at Balboa Park. Trippy members can suggest things to do in San Diego like Balboa Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about San Diego like Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!). Click the button below to explore San Diego 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 San Diego to Savannah, 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 Savannah to San Diego road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Savannah to San Diego?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,098 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 42 minutes
San Diego is 3 hours behind Savannah
92 Savannah travel answers
222 San Diego travel answers










   
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