Distance between San Francisco CA and San Diego CA

The distance from San Francisco to San Diego is 501 miles by road including 499 miles on motorways. Road takes approximately 7 hours and 39 minutes and goes through Oakland, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Downey and Norwalk.

Shortest distance by air 459 mi ✈️
Car route length 501.4 mi 🚗
Driving time 7 h 39 min
Fuel amount 17 gal
Fuel cost 66.1 USD
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City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
Unclassified
Point Distance Time Fuel
San Francisco 0 mi 0:00 00 min 0.0 gal
I 80 I 5 349 mi, 5 h 15 min
Santa Clarita 349 mi 5:15 5 h 15 min 11.7 gal
I 5 13 mi, 12 min
Los Angeles 362 mi 5:27 5 h 27 min 12.1 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Burbank 370 mi 5:35 5 h 35 min 12.5 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Glendale 373 mi 5:37 5 h 37 min 12.7 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Los Angeles 380 mi 5:44 5 h 44 min 12.7 gal
I 5 13 mi, 12 min
Downey 393 mi 5:56 5 h 56 min 13.3 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Norwalk 396 mi 6:00 6 h 00 min 13.4 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Santa Fe Springs 400 mi 6:03 6 h 03 min 13.6 gal
I 5 1 mi, 00 min
La Mirada 400 mi 6:04 6 h 04 min 13.6 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
Buena Park 401 mi 6:06 6 h 06 min 13.6 gal
I 5 1 mi, 01 min
Fullerton 403 mi 6:07 6 h 07 min 13.7 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Anaheim 406 mi 6:10 6 h 10 min 13.7 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Orange 410 mi 6:13 6 h 13 min 13.9 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Santa Ana 413 mi 6:16 6 h 16 min 14.0 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Irvine 421 mi 6:24 6 h 24 min 14.2 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Mission Viejo 431 mi 6:33 6 h 33 min 14.6 gal
I 5 11 mi, 10 min
San Clemente 442 mi 6:43 6 h 43 min 14.9 gal
I 5 22 mi, 20 min
Oceanside 464 mi 7:03 7 h 03 min 15.7 gal
I 5 37 mi, 35 min
San Diego 501 mi 7:39 7 h 39 min 16.3 gal
City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
Unclassified
Point Distance Time Fuel
San Francisco 0 mi 0:00 00 min 0.0 gal
I 80 14 mi, 15 min
San Leandro 14 mi 0:15 15 min 0.2 gal
I 580 11 mi, 10 min
Castro Valley 25 mi 0:26 26 min 0.9 gal
I 580 10 mi, 09 min
Pleasanton 35 mi 0:35 35 min 1.1 gal
I 580 8 mi, 07 min
Livermore 43 mi 0:42 42 min 1.3 gal
I 580 18 mi, 16 min
Tracy 62 mi 0:59 59 min 2.0 gal
I 580 I 5 236 mi, 3 h 28 min
Wheeler Ridge 297 mi 4:27 4 h 27 min 10.1 gal
I 5 4 mi, 04 min
Grapevine 301 mi 4:31 4 h 31 min 10.3 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Lebec 308 mi 4:37 4 h 37 min 10.3 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Gorman 315 mi 4:44 4 h 44 min 10.6 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Caswell 321 mi 4:49 4 h 49 min 10.9 gal
I 5 22 mi, 20 min
Ninetynine Oaks 343 mi 5:09 5 h 09 min 11.6 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Santa Clarita 349 mi 5:14 5 h 14 min 11.7 gal
I 5 13 mi, 12 min
Los Angeles 362 mi 5:26 5 h 26 min 12.1 gal
I 5 9 mi, 08 min
Burbank 370 mi 5:35 5 h 35 min 12.5 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Glendale 373 mi 5:37 5 h 37 min 12.7 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Los Angeles 380 mi 5:43 5 h 43 min 12.7 gal
I 5 9 mi, 09 min
Commerce 389 mi 5:53 5 h 53 min 13.2 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Downey 393 mi 5:56 5 h 56 min 13.3 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Norwalk 396 mi 6:00 6 h 00 min 13.4 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Santa Fe Springs 400 mi 6:03 6 h 03 min 13.6 gal
I 5 1 mi, 00 min
La Mirada 400 mi 6:04 6 h 04 min 13.6 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
Buena Park 401 mi 6:05 6 h 05 min 13.6 gal
I 5 1 mi, 01 min
Fullerton 403 mi 6:07 6 h 07 min 13.7 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Anaheim 406 mi 6:10 6 h 10 min 13.7 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Orange 410 mi 6:13 6 h 13 min 13.9 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Santa Ana 413 mi 6:16 6 h 16 min 14.0 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Tustin 416 mi 6:19 6 h 19 min 14.1 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Irvine 421 mi 6:24 6 h 24 min 14.2 gal
I 5 6 mi, 05 min
Laguna Hills 428 mi 6:29 6 h 29 min 14.5 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
Mission Viejo 431 mi 6:32 6 h 32 min 14.6 gal
I 5 4 mi, 04 min
San Juan Capistrano 435 mi 6:37 6 h 37 min 14.7 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Dana Point 439 mi 6:40 6 h 40 min 14.9 gal
I 5 3 mi, 03 min
San Clemente 442 mi 6:43 6 h 43 min 14.9 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
San Onofre 449 mi 6:49 6 h 49 min 15.2 gal
I 5 4 mi, 03 min
Agra 452 mi 6:52 6 h 52 min 15.3 gal
I 5 4 mi, 04 min
Las Flores 457 mi 6:56 6 h 56 min 15.5 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Stuart 459 mi 6:59 6 h 59 min 15.6 gal
I 5 2 mi, 02 min
Fallbrook Junction 462 mi 7:01 7 h 01 min 15.7 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
Oceanside 464 mi 7:03 7 h 03 min 15.7 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Carlsbad 470 mi 7:09 7 h 09 min 15.8 gal
I 5 7 mi, 06 min
Encinitas 478 mi 7:16 7 h 16 min 16.2 gal
I 5 2 mi, 01 min
Solana Beach 480 mi 7:18 7 h 18 min 16.3 gal
I 5 21 mi, 20 min
San Diego 501 mi 7:38 7 h 38 min 16.3 gal

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Fuel cost: 66.1 USD

This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 501.4 mi) / (Fuel consumption 29.4 mpg) * (Fuel price 3.88 USD / gal)

You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.

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

Driving time: 7 h 39 min

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

  • 245 mi with a maximum speed 68 mph = 3 h 36 min
  • 231 mi with a maximum speed 65 mph = 3 h 32 min
  • 14 mi with a maximum speed 55 mph = 15 min
  • 6 mi with a maximum speed 50 mph = 7 min
  • 4 mi with a maximum speed 50 mph = 4 min
  • 1 mi with a maximum speed 31 mph = 2 min

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

How far is San Francisco to San Diego by land?

The distance between San Francisco and San Diego is 501.4 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 Francisco and San Diego respectively.

How far is San Francisco to San Diego by plane?

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

How many hours is San Francisco from San Diego 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 Francisco to San Diego?

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 Francisco and San Diego?

The halfway point between San Francisco and San Diego is Wheeler Ridge. It is located about 47 mi from the exact midpoint by road.

The distance from Wheeler Ridge to San Francisco is 297 mi and driving will take about 4 h 27 min. The road between Wheeler Ridge and San Diego has length 204 mi and will take approximately 3 h 11 min.

The other cities located close to halfway point:

  • Grapevine is in 301 mi from San Francisco and 199 mi from San Diego
  • Lebec is in 308 mi from San Francisco and 193 mi from San Diego
  • Gorman is in 315 mi from San Francisco and 186 mi from San Diego

Where is San Francisco in relation to San Diego?

San Francisco is located 459 mi north-west of San Diego.

San Francisco has geographic coordinates: latitude 37.77928, longitude -122.41924.

San Diego has geographic coordinates: latitude 32.71741, longitude -117.16277.

Which highway goes from San Francisco to San Diego?

The route from San Francisco to San Diego follows I 5, I 580.

Other minor sections pass along the road:

  • CA 33: 12 mi
  • I 80: 6 mi
  • I 5 Truck: 2 mi
  • CA 126: 1 mi
  • CA 57: 1 mi
  • I 10: 1 mi
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