Brownsville to Santa Clara Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Brownsville to Santa Clara Drive: Road Trip Tips & Info

Santa Clara (/ˌsæntəˈklærə/) is a city in Santa Clara County, California. The city's population was 116,468 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 Clara.

How far is Santa Clara from Brownsville?

As the crow flies, it’s roughly 151 miles between Brownsville and Santa Clara. 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 187 miles or 301 km between Brownsville and Santa Clara. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.

Brownsville to Santa Clara drive hours

In terms of travel time by car, the 187 miles drive from Brownsville to Santa Clara takes 3 hours 27 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Brownsville and end in Santa Clara.

As 187 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.

Brownsville to Santa Clara road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Brownsville to Santa Clara, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Santa Clara, 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.

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Santa Clara, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 days of driving

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

Travel time: 3 hours 27 minutes on the road

Itinerary

Start at Brownsville.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Pleasanton, Alameda County and stay for about 2 hours. Finally, drive for about 0.5 hours and arrive in Santa Clara.

Brownsville to Santa Clara 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: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

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 SJC 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: 11 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Brownsville to Santa Clara 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: 3 hours 44 minutes

Flying non-stop from Brownsville to Santa Clara

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Brownsville and Santa Clara. 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 Clara, California is 18 minutes 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.