Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights drive hours

Santa Ana Heights is a community in Orange County, California. The eastern part is located within the city limits of Newport Beach. The community is surrounded by John Wayne Airport and Costa Mesa.

If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Brownsville and Santa Ana Heights.

How far is Santa Ana Heights from Brownsville?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 444 miles between Brownsville and Santa Ana Heights. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.

For driving, it is roughly 498 miles or 801 km between Brownsville and Santa Ana Heights. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 498 miles drive from Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights takes 8 hours 27 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Brownsville and end in Santa Ana Heights.

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.

Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Santa Ana Heights, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 8 hours 27 minutes on the road with 2 overnights


Start at Brownsville.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Stanislaus County and stay for about 2 hours. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Los Angeles County. Stay overnight.

Finally, drive for about 1.5 hours and arrive in Santa Ana Heights.

Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights airports and flights

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Arrival airport: John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport (SNA)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 1 hour 29 minutes

Getting to your destination:

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SMF to SNA and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 49 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 4 hours 22 minutes

Flying non-stop from Brownsville to Santa Ana Heights

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Brownsville and Santa Ana Heights. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight time from Brownsville, California to Santa Ana Heights, California is 1 hour under avarage conditions.

Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.

Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.