Charter a private jet from California to Texas with this handy guide that covers the top five cities to fly from and the best airports to land in.

How to fly from California to Texas by private jet charter

Charter a private jet from California to Texas with this handy guide that covers the top five cities to fly from and the best airports to land in.

Private jet airports in the state of California

California is located on the USA’s western coast and bordered by the states of Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, as well as Mexico. The city of Los Angeles is home to Hollywood and the A-list, it’s the world’s largest entertainment industry which dominates global film and television production. To guarantee a discreet departure and stylish start to your trip, hop on a private jet from one of these private jet airports in California.

1. Los Angeles

Home to Hollywood stars and the A-List, Los Angeles is one of the top cities for private jet travel in the U.S. A number of LA airports boast exceptional amenities, such as Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando Valley region and Bob Hope Airport, located three miles from downtown Burbank and 12 miles from downtown LA. Santa Monica Municipal Airport, located just a few miles from Malibu, and Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, Los Angeles County, also have private jet terminals with luxurious lounges.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco is northern California’s cultural, commercial and financial heart. If you want to avoid the crowds of San Francisco International Airport, charter a private jet from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, which is slightly further out but much quieter.

3. Sacramento

Those departing from Sacramento can arrange a private jet charter from Sacramento International Airport, 10 miles northwest of Sacramento’s central business district (CBD). Other options include Sacramento Mather Airport and Sacramento Executive Airport.

4. San Diego

San Diego has a range of airports to choose from, including San Diego International Airport (also known as Lindbergh Field), which sits just over two miles from downtown San Diego. Another option is Gillespie Field, a public-use airport owned by San Diego County that is located 10 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and isn’t served by scheduled passenger airlines.

5. Fresno

Fresno is located at the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, an agricultural region that’s the closest city to Yosemite National Park. Fresno Yosemite International Airport is six miles from the Fresno CBD. Alternatively, you can fly from Sierra Sky Park Airport, which is seven miles northwest.

Top five cities with private jet airports in Texas

Aerial view of Austin, Texas, skyline
Aerial view of Austin, Texas, skyline

Texas is the second largest state in America, measuring in at 268,601 square miles. Referred to as the ‘Lone Star State’ after its flag, which features one white star, Texas officially became a state in 1845. The historic struggle for independence from Mexico is part of the state’s identity and is symbolized by the flag’s three colors: red for courage, white for liberty and blue for loyalty. The white star first appeared on the Texas flag in the 1830s, when Texas and Mexico were in conflict.

The capital, Austin, is the largest city in the state and is celebrated for its country music scene, while Houston has a legacy of winning sporting teams and hosting the Houston Golf Open each year. Texas has more airports than any other state in America, so if you're flying there by private jet charter you won't be stuck for choice!

1. Houston

The largest city in Texas, Houston, has a population of around 2.3 million. In addition to oil, banking and biomedical companies, the city is home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Fly from George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, which is a major Class B international airport 40 minutes’ drive from Houston CBD. Smaller airports include William P. Hobby Airport, Houston County Airport, David Wayne Hooks Airport and West Houston Airport.

2. Austin

Austin, the capital, is where you’ll find the Texas State Capitol building and the main campus of the University of Texas. The “Live Music Capital of the World” is celebrated for its blues, country and western music. South of the city is the Formula One Circuit of the Americas racetrack, where the MotoGP motorcycle racing championship and Formula 1 United States Grand Prix take place. Austin Bergstrom International Airport is located just eight miles from downtown Austin.

3. Dallas

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the main international airport serving the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex area. The airport is famous for having the world's largest parking lot and handles over 900 flights a day. If you're heading to Dallas but want to avoid the crowds, fly to the Dallas CBD Vertiport Airport, a small, publicly-owned facility located under a mile from the Dallas CBD; or Dallas Love Field Airport, seven miles from Downtown.

4. San Antonio

If you’re flying to San Antonio or the Franklin Mountains State Park, San Antonio International Airport is located eight miles north of downtown San Antonio. Another option is Stinson Municipal Airport, which is just seven miles south of downtown San Antonio.

5. El Paso

At the very tip where Texas meets Mexico is the city of El Paso, which has a diverse population and one of the largest bilingual-binational workforces in the western hemisphere. El Paso International Airport is positioned four miles northeast of downtown El Paso.

How long is a flight from California to Texas?

The shortest ‘bird fly’ distance between California and Texas is 1,161 miles. If you travel in an aircraft with an average speed of 560 miles per hour, it will take an estimated two hours and seven minutes to arrive. You can use our aircraft guide to compare different types of aircraft.

Below is a flight duration comparison for three different types of aircraft, flying from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport to Dallas CBD Vertiport Airport.

  • Very Light Jet: 4 hours 3 minutes
  • Midsize Jet: 3 hours 31 minutes
  • Heavy Jet: 3 hours 31 minutes

How much does it cost to charter a private jet from California to Texas?

The cost of a private jet charter from California to Texas depends on a number of factors including the number of passengers traveling, aircraft type and the distance between airports. Contact our team, who will be happy to help or find out more about how much it costs to charter a private jet.

Top 2018 events in Texas

Houston Texas skyline
Houston Texas skyline

Houston boasts major league football, basketball, baseball and soccer teams. Watch the Houston Texans NFL team play at NRG Stadium or visit the Houston Rockets NBA team at Toyota Center in downtown Houston. The NRG Park hosts around 500 events each year at venue including the NRG Stadium, NRG Center, NRG Arena and NRG Astrodome. The Houston Golf Open takes place March 26 - April 1 at the Golf Club of Houston, followed by the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course from April 16 - 22.

Also in April is the Crossroads of Texas Film and Music Festival, a four-day event in Waxahachie that starts on April 19. In October, the Wings Over Houston Airshow takes place at Ellington Airport, Houston, with flying stunts and historic aircraft on show.

To book your private jet charter from California to Texas or find out more from one of our aviation experts, contact Air Charter Service.

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