Distance between San Diego CA and San Francisco CA

The distance from San Diego to San Francisco is 501 miles by road including 499 miles on motorways. Road takes approximately 7 hours and 37 minutes and goes through Oceanside, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange and Anaheim.

There are tolls on the route.
Shortest distance by air 459 mi ✈️
Car route length 500.8 mi 🚗
Driving time 7 h 37 min
Fuel amount 17 gal
Fuel cost 67.8 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 12 mi, 11 min
Los Angeles 122 mi 1:54 1 h 54 min 3.9 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Glendale 129 mi 2:00 2 h 00 min 4.4 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Burbank 130 mi 2:02 2 h 02 min 4.4 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Los Angeles 139 mi 2:10 2 h 10 min 4.5 gal
I 5 13 mi, 12 min
Santa Clarita 153 mi 2:23 2 h 23 min 5.0 gal
I 5 336 mi, 5 h 00 min
Oakland 488 mi 7:23 7 h 23 min 16.3 gal
I 580 13 mi, 13 min
San Francisco 501 mi 7:37 7 h 37 min 16.9 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 9 mi, 08 min
Los Angeles 122 mi 1:54 1 h 54 min 3.9 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Glendale 129 mi 2:00 2 h 00 min 4.4 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Burbank 130 mi 2:02 2 h 02 min 4.4 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Los Angeles 139 mi 2:10 2 h 10 min 4.5 gal
I 5 13 mi, 12 min
Santa Clarita 153 mi 2:23 2 h 23 min 5.0 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Ninetynine Oaks 158 mi 2:28 2 h 28 min 5.3 gal
I 5 22 mi, 19 min
Caswell 180 mi 2:48 2 h 48 min 6.1 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Gorman 186 mi 2:53 2 h 53 min 6.2 gal
I 5 5 mi, 04 min
Lebec 191 mi 2:58 2 h 58 min 6.4 gal
I 5 9 mi, 07 min
Grapevine 199 mi 3:06 3 h 06 min 6.8 gal
I 5 5 mi, 04 min
Wheeler Ridge 204 mi 3:10 3 h 10 min 6.9 gal
I 5 235 mi, 3 h 28 min
Tracy 441 mi 6:38 6 h 38 min 14.9 gal
I 580 17 mi, 16 min
Livermore 458 mi 6:54 6 h 54 min 15.5 gal
I 580 8 mi, 07 min
Pleasanton 465 mi 7:01 7 h 01 min 15.7 gal
I 580 4 mi, 03 min
Dublin 469 mi 7:05 7 h 05 min 15.9 gal
I 580 7 mi, 06 min
Castro Valley 476 mi 7:11 7 h 11 min 16.2 gal
I 580 3 mi, 02 min
San Leandro 479 mi 7:14 7 h 14 min 16.2 gal
I 580 9 mi, 09 min
Oakland 488 mi 7:23 7 h 23 min 16.3 gal
I 580 13 mi, 13 min
San Francisco 501 mi 7:37 7 h 37 min 16.9 gal

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to drive from San Diego to San Francisco?

Fuel cost: 67.8 USD

This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 500.8 mi) / (Fuel consumption 29.4 mpg) * (Fuel price 3.98 USD / gal)

You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.

How long is a car ride from San Diego to San Francisco?

Driving time: 7 h 37 min

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

  • 246 mi with a maximum speed 68 mph = 3 h 37 min
  • 237 mi with a maximum speed 65 mph = 3 h 38 min
  • 7 mi with a maximum speed 50 mph = 8 min
  • 10 mi with a maximum speed 50 mph = 12 min

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

How far is San Diego to San Francisco by land?

The distance between San Diego and San Francisco is 500.8 mi by road including 499 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 San Francisco respectively.

How far is San Diego to San Francisco by plane?

The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between San Diego and San Francisco is 458.6 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 San Francisco respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.

How many hours is San Diego from San Francisco by plane?

Boeing 737 airliner needs 55 min to cover the distance of 459 mi at a cruising speed of 497 mph.

Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 3 h 21 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 San Francisco?

Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH-6 Cayuse" need 3 h 4 min to cover the distance of 459 mi at a cruising speed of 149 mph.

Popular "Robinson R44" needs 3 h 30 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 San Francisco?

The halfway point between San Diego and San Francisco is Wheeler Ridge. It is located about 46 mi from the exact midpoint by road.

The distance from Wheeler Ridge to San Diego is 204 mi and driving will take about 3 h 10 min. The road between Wheeler Ridge and San Francisco has length 296 mi and will take approximately 4 h 27 min.

The other cities located close to halfway point:

Where is San Diego in relation to San Francisco?

San Diego is located 459 mi south-east of San Francisco.

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

San Francisco has geographic coordinates: latitude 37.77928, longitude -122.41924. Click here to see San Francisco on map.

Which highway goes from San Diego to San Francisco?

The route from San Diego to San Francisco follows I 5.

Other minor sections pass along the road:

  • I 580: 62 mi
  • CA 33: 12 mi
  • I 80: 6 mi
  • I 5 Truck: 3 mi
  • CA 126: 1 mi
  • I 10: 1 mi
The distance between San Diego and San Francisco is ranked 5,396th in the ranking popularity.
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