Flight Time to Hawaii From California

Hawaii's natural treasures are just a flight away from the west coast.
Hawaii's natural treasures are just a flight away from the west coast. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The flight time from major California airports to Honolulu, Hawaii, ranges between five and six hours. Of course, it depends on the location of the airport, weather, headwinds or tailwinds, and air traffic. The length of the flight is also affected by which airport you fly in or out of, because ground time at the airport is included in the flight time.

Los Angeles International

A flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu averages about five and a half hours. Direct flights to Maui from LAX are about 15 minutes shorter.

Los Angeles Regional Airports

There are no nonstop flights to Honolulu or Maui from other Los Angeles area airports. However, there are connecting flights out of several smaller airports, including John Wayne (Santa Ana) and Ontario. These flights take a minimum of seven hours and 45 minutes to reach Hawaii.

San Diego International

Flying from San Diego International Airport to Honolulu takes about five hours and 40 minutes. No direct flights exist from San Diego to Maui.

San Francisco International

Flights from San Francisco International Airport to Honolulu, Hawaii usually last about five hours and 15 minutes.

San Francisco Bay Area

Direct flights to Honolulu are available from San Francisco Bay Area regional airports, including Oakland and Sacramento, and take about five hours and 15 minutes. Nonstop flights to Maui, when available, are up to a half-hour shorter.

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