Distance between San Diego CA and Los Angeles CA

The distance from San Diego to Los Angeles is 121 miles by road including 119 miles on motorways. Road takes approximately 1 hour and 53 minutes and goes through Oceanside, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange and Anaheim.

Shortest distance by air 112 mi ✈️
Car route length 120.5 mi 🚗
Driving time 1 h 53 min
Fuel amount 4.1 gal
Fuel cost 15.5 USD
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City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
Unclassified
Point Distance Time Fuel
San Diego 0 mi 0:00 00 min 0.0 gal
I 5 37 mi, 34 min
Oceanside 37 mi 0:34 34 min 1.2 gal
I 5 22 mi, 20 min
San Clemente 59 mi 0:55 55 min 1.9 gal
I 5 12 mi, 11 min
Mission Viejo 71 mi 1:06 1 h 06 min 2.4 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Irvine 81 mi 1:15 1 h 15 min 2.6 gal
I 5 8 mi, 08 min
Santa Ana 89 mi 1:23 1 h 23 min 3.0 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Orange 91 mi 1:25 1 h 25 min 3.1 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Anaheim 95 mi 1:29 1 h 29 min 3.1 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Fullerton 98 mi 1:32 1 h 32 min 3.3 gal
I 5 1 mi, 01 min
Buena Park 99 mi 1:33 1 h 33 min 3.3 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
La Mirada 101 mi 1:35 1 h 35 min 3.4 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Santa Fe Springs 105 mi 1:38 1 h 38 min 3.5 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Downey 109 mi 1:42 1 h 42 min 3.7 gal
I 5 11 mi, 11 min
Los Angeles 121 mi 1:53 1 h 53 min 3.9 gal
City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
Unclassified
Point Distance Time Fuel
San Diego 0 mi 0:00 00 min 0.0 gal
I 5 21 mi, 20 min
Solana Beach 21 mi 0:20 20 min 0.7 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Encinitas 24 mi 0:22 22 min 0.7 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Carlsbad 30 mi 0:28 28 min 0.9 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Oceanside 37 mi 0:34 34 min 1.2 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Fallbrook Junction 39 mi 0:36 36 min 1.3 gal
I 5 3 mi, 02 min
Stuart 42 mi 0:39 39 min 1.4 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Las Flores 45 mi 0:41 41 min 1.5 gal
I 5 5 mi, 04 min
Agra 49 mi 0:45 45 min 1.6 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
San Onofre 53 mi 0:49 49 min 1.7 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
San Clemente 59 mi 0:55 55 min 1.9 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Dana Point 63 mi 0:58 58 min 2.1 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
San Juan Capistrano 66 mi 1:01 1 h 01 min 2.1 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Mission Viejo 71 mi 1:06 1 h 06 min 2.4 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Lake Forest 75 mi 1:10 1 h 10 min 2.5 gal
I 5 5 mi, 05 min
Irvine 81 mi 1:15 1 h 15 min 2.6 gal
I 5 5 mi, 04 min
Tustin 86 mi 1:20 1 h 20 min 2.9 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Santa Ana 89 mi 1:23 1 h 23 min 3.0 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Orange 91 mi 1:25 1 h 25 min 3.1 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Anaheim 95 mi 1:29 1 h 29 min 3.1 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Fullerton 98 mi 1:32 1 h 32 min 3.3 gal
I 5 1 mi, 01 min
Buena Park 99 mi 1:33 1 h 33 min 3.3 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
La Mirada 101 mi 1:35 1 h 35 min 3.4 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Santa Fe Springs 105 mi 1:38 1 h 38 min 3.5 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Downey 109 mi 1:42 1 h 42 min 3.7 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Commerce 112 mi 1:45 1 h 45 min 3.7 gal
I 5 8 mi, 07 min
Los Angeles 121 mi 1:53 1 h 53 min 3.9 gal

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Fuel cost: 15.5 USD

This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 120.5 mi) / (Fuel consumption 29.4 mpg) * (Fuel price 3.8 USD / gal)

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How long is a car ride from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Driving time: 1 h 53 min

This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.

  • 109 mi with a maximum speed 65 mph = 1 h 41 min
  • 3 mi with a maximum speed 55 mph = 3 min
  • 7 mi with a maximum speed 50 mph = 9 min

The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.

How far is San Diego to Los Angeles by land?

The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is 120.5 mi by road including 119.3 mi on motorways.

Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of San Diego and Los Angeles respectively.

How far is San Diego to Los Angeles by plane?

The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between San Diego and Los Angeles is 111.8 mi.

This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a great-circle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of San Diego and Los Angeles respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.

How many hours is San Diego from Los Angeles by plane?

Boeing 737 airliner needs 13 min to cover the distance of 112 mi at a cruising speed of 497 mph.

Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 49 min to flight this distance at average speed of 136 mph.

This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, airport location and other real world factors.

How long is a helicopter ride from San Diego to Los Angeles?

Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH-6 Cayuse" need 45 min to cover the distance of 112 mi at a cruising speed of 149 mph.

Popular "Robinson R44" needs 51 min to flight this distance at average speed of 130 mph.

This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, aerodrome location and other real world factors.

What city is halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles?

The halfway point between San Diego and Los Angeles is San Clemente. It is located about 1 mi from the exact midpoint by road.

The distance from San Clemente to San Diego is 59 mi and driving will take about 55 min. The road between San Clemente and Los Angeles has length 61 mi and will take approximately 58 min.

The other cities located close to halfway point:

  • Dana Point is in 63 mi from San Diego and 58 mi from Los Angeles
  • San Juan Capistrano is in 66 mi from San Diego and 54 mi from Los Angeles
  • San Onofre is in 53 mi from San Diego and 68 mi from Los Angeles

Where is San Diego in relation to Los Angeles?

San Diego is located 112 mi south-east of Los Angeles.

San Diego has geographic coordinates: latitude 32.71741, longitude -117.16277. Click here to see San Diego on map.

Los Angeles has geographic coordinates: latitude 34.05494, longitude -118.24448. Click here to see Los Angeles on map.

Which highway goes from San Diego to Los Angeles?

The route from San Diego to Los Angeles follows I 5.

Other minor sections pass along the road:

  • US 101: 3 mi
The distance between San Diego and Los Angeles is ranked 1,350th in the ranking popularity.
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