I've read about hyperspace travel over the years, sometimes to try and answer questions on here, and something I've always come up against is how long any particular hyperspace trip actually takes. I rarely find direct evidence to answer this, and while I understand that it may often either be irrelevant to the plot, or is kept intentionally uncertain, I was wondering if there is any evidence in current Canon to show how long a hyperspace trip actually takes in-universe.

As far as I can tell, hyperspace travel times in the Star Wars galaxy depend on multiple factors such as:

  • The class of hyperdrive your ship has
  • The origin, the destination, and the distance between them
  • The quality of your navicomputer and the information that it will be using to make its calculations
  • The route you take and how many times you have to drop out of hyperspace, recalculate, possibly fly a bit to get to a new starting point, and then go back into hyperspace
  • Whether you take one of the main hyperlanes, or not

However, this is only 'in theory'. My question has more to do with actual examples of travel time in the Star Wars galaxy, not how long they theoretically take. The consensus that I have found here and elsewhere is that hyperspace trips usually take in the order of hours to days to complete, but are there any specific examples in Canon as to how long particular journeys actually took in-universe?

Note 1: If there are any specific examples from Legends relating to this, please include them as it is useful to understand the practice of hyperspace travel in general, but the emphasis should be on Canon examples (should they exist.)

Note 2: My question may be a duplicate of two other ones I have found on here - I have referenced both of them below and why I think my question is different - but I thought it worth asking just in-case.

  • The first question deals with trying to source information for the speed of traversing the entire galaxy in general, which, while helpful, is different from asking for specific examples of hyperspace trip lengths.
  • The second question really only deals with how fast a ship can go in hyperspace, which is only one aspect of answering my overall question of sourcing examples of how long specific trips actually took in-universe.

Note 3: This question seems tangential to mine and provides some interesting information as well.

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    The RPGs have a whole bunch of info about how long trips take. Get ready for fun with maths!
    – Valorum
    Oct 14 '19 at 21:09
  • I've not seen any definitive source in current canon (films, shows, or novels) that can provide any reliably accurate method of calculating travel times. The RPG source books are the closest I've found, and even those don't always seem to be consistent. Even the hyperspace calculation web sites can't seem to give consistent measurements. I'm definitely interested in finding a legitimate canon answer, though... Oct 14 '19 at 21:49

There are none as far as I know. (Given the wealth of material available, I would certainly not claim to know it all.)

It seems that, for all intents and purposes, ships travel at the speed of plot, and arrive, or not, when the plot requires it for dramatic tension.

I do not recall any indication of travel time being given in the movies or in the series, and only some indication of distances in some books, but without adding how long it would take to travel said distance, rendering them meaningless. Not to mention that a Star Destroyer does not travel at the same speed that an X-Wing fighter or the Millennium Falcon does.

The RPG books from West End Games tried to give some indications of travel time in an Astrogation Chart, but it was woefully incoherent: in some cases, you could cut travel time by 90% by making two steps at other planets instead of taking the direct routes.

Since we are never told the exact speed of ships (The Falcon can go 0.5 above lightspeed, but 0.5 of what?) nor the distances (How far is Alderaan from Tatooine?) there is absolutely no way to know hyperspace travel time.

  • There's a further complication (at least in new canon) in that distances in hyperspace are different than distances in realspace. Essentially there's no correlation to actual distance travelled and travel time, so concievably a one-second trip could take you from one side of the galaxy to the other if you found a viable hyperspace route. Oct 15 '19 at 16:51

Apparently the hyperdrive trip of the Death Star from the Alderaan system to the Yavin System took less than one Star Wars day.

The Millennium Falcon appeared in the Alderaan system and was taken aboard the Death Star that was still lurking there.

Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader fought. The Millennium Falcon escaped and headed for the rebel base. And Darth Vader said something like "this is a day that will long be remembered. It has seen the death of Kenobi and it will see the destruction of the rebellion."

This implies that the hyperdrive trip from Alderaan to Yavin takes less than one Star Wars day for both the Millennium Falcon and the pursuing Death Star.

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    This answer is meaningless, doesn't answer the question and is essentially a comment unless you state the distance between the two locations. It doesn't really give us any meaningful information.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Oct 15 '19 at 14:39
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    It's not meaningless. It can't be generalized, but the question didn't ask how fast the ship travelled, only how long it took to make the trip. This answer provides a specific jump (Alderaan to Yavin, assuming at least the Death Star didn't travel significantly out of the Alderaan system in the meantime), and provides an upper bound on the time it took based on a reasonable interpretation of in-movie dialog.
    – chepner
    Oct 15 '19 at 17:32
  • 'A day to be remembered' is an expression, not proof that the travel between Alderaan to Yavin took a day.
    – Sava
    Oct 21 '19 at 7:38

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