Skip to navigationSkip to content

How many minutes away from your dream destination are you, via Elon Musk’s new spacecraft?

Quartz reached out to SpaceX to ask how it calculated these estimates but did not receive an immediate reply.
Reuters/Bret Hartman
All aboard.
  • Josh Horwitz
By Josh Horwitz

Asia Correspondent

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

On Sep. 29 at the International Astronautic Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk unveiled a new spacecraft as SpaceX continues to set its sights on Mars. Dubbed the BFR, the vehicle can carry 150 tons of cargo into orbit and is almost entirely re-usable.

Musk hasn’t designed the vehicle solely for Mars or the moon. Toward the end of his address, Musk said that he plans to use the BFR for earth-bound travel too. In his vision of the future, humans will travel from New York to Paris in 30 minutes, or from London to Hong Kong in 34 minutes—sitting inside the same rocket that could potentially propel them to another planet.

“If we’re building this thing to go to the moon and Mars, why not go to other places as well?” he asked the audience. He then played an animated video illustrating a future wherein people hop on a spacecraft to travel across the globe in minutes.

Musk detractors will likely find this among the most far-fetched proposals the entrepreneur has ever touted, and will write it off as yet another marketing stunt. His supporters, as usual, will continue to wait patiently to see if his ambitions turn into reality.

In this rocket-propelled future, how many minutes away from your dream destination are you? Below is the full list of travel time estimates Musk presented in his video, matched against their real-life travel time via plane. Quartz reached out to SpaceX to ask how it calculated these estimates but did not receive an immediate reply.

TripDistanceFlight TimeMusk’s Time
Hong Kong to Singapore2568km3h 41m22m
Los Angeles to Toronto3498km4h 37m25m
Los Angeles to New York3979km5h 11m25m
Los Angeles to Honolulu4113km5h 20m25m
Bangkok to Dubai4909km6h 17m27m
Tokyo to Singapore5364km6h 49m28m
London to Dubai5503km6h 58m29m
London to New York City5546km7h 1m29m
New York to Paris5840km7h 24m30m
Honolulu to Tokyo6144km7h 44m30m
Tokyo to Delhi5916km7h 28m30m
Melbourne to Singapore6040km7h 36m30m
Sydney to Singapore6300km7h 55m31m
Los Angeles to London8769km10h 49m32m
Los Angeles to Tokyo8764km10h 49m32m
London to Hong Kong9641km11h 31m34m
London to Cape Town9693km11h 34m34m
Sydney to Tokyo7841km10h 3m35m
Los Angeles to Buenos Aires9873km12h 7m35m
Los Angeles to Shanghai10427km12h 46m36m
Sydney to Delhi10446km12h 47m36m
New York to Tokyo10843km13h 15m37m
Sydney to Johannesburg11037km13h 29m37m
Delhi to San Francisco12395km15h 5m40m
Sydney to Dubai12057km14h 41m40m
Los Angeles to Adelaide13165km15h 59m42m
Delhi to Auckland12516km15h 13m45m
Sydney to Athens15324km18h 32m47m
New York to Sydney16032km19h 22m49m
Los Angeles to Johannesburg16724km20h 11m50m
Sydney to Zurich16586km20h 1m50m
Sydney to London17039km20h 33m51m


📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.