The Longest Distance Traveled Where the Destination is the Same Time

Hi. I’m Brian Cohen. You may remember me from such articles as Have You Ever Celebrated Your Birthday During the Opposite Season? and Have You Forgotten The Simple Wonders of Travel? and Thoughts on a Passion For Travel and Our Mortality.

Sorry. I thought I would channel my inner Troy McClure for the introduction of this article.

The Longest Distance Traveled Where the Destination is the Same Time

I recently traveled between Atlanta and Santiago — a route which is 4713 miles and takes nine hours and 51 minutes as a nonstop flight — and yet, the time was the same in Santiago as it was in Atlanta.

How a flight between Atlanta and Santiago with a stop in Buenos Aires can cost $5,740.03 for a seat in the economy class cabin — the departure is on Monday, August 5, 2019 with a return flight on Monday, August 12, 2019 — puzzles me…

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Delta Air Lines.

…but I digress.

Of course, one can travel from New York nonstop or Boston one stop to Santiago and travel even further while time remains the same. Plenty of combinations of originations and destinations present plenty of possibilities of constructing a trip of a distance of thousands of miles while the time remains the same in both places.

Although jet lag rarely affects me, I do wonder how many people suffer from it even though they travel between two places where the time is the same when the distance is thousands of miles.


Travel can be amazing, magical and a curiosity.

Although the farthest distance between two points which share the same time theoretically is between the North Pole and the South Pole, there are no commercial flights between the two places.

What is the longest distance you have traveled between the origination and destination where the time is the same in both places? If you prefer, you can use time instead of distance — for example, traveling ten hours to stay in the same time or time zone.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “The Longest Distance Traveled Where the Destination is the Same Time”

  1. jens says:

    FRA-JNB has roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes of block time and there is no time difference.

  2. jens says:

    FRA-CPT has a block time of 11:30 minutes and no time difference (haven’t flown that one yet).

  3. JakePB says:

    Tasty but deadly, the Lead Paint Story

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