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One can fly from London (YXU) to London (LHR) (via Toronto), from Glasgow (GGW) to Glasgow (GLA) (multiple stops), or from Moscow (PUW) to Moscow (SVO) (via Seattle). There are others (Sydney, Manchester, Portland, ...; I'm not aiming for a complete list here). For trains, once a week, there is a direct train which stops first at Frankfurt (am Main) and then at Frankfurt (an der Oder).

But are there, or have there ever been, any direct scheduled flights between two cities of the same name?

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    It wouldn't surprise me if there had at one point been non-stop service between Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. But the names aren't quite identical, and there's no such service currently. – Michael Seifert Feb 7 at 12:49
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    You can add Sydney Nova Scotia and Sydney Australia to your name pairs. Multiple stops. – Kate Gregory Feb 7 at 13:42
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    There's direct flights from DCA (Arlington, VA) to Dallas/Fort Worth, where Arlington TX is right in between, does that count? – Azor Ahai -- he him Feb 7 at 20:48
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    Pretty sure you can find a bus from Kansas City to Kansas City, but I don't know if that counts. – Mark Feb 7 at 21:31
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    @KateGregory Sydney is a classic. Once every other year someone makes the mistake. – ZeroTheHero Feb 7 at 23:34
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Alaska Airlines flies nonstop from San Jose, CA USA to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico.

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    I was actually in line for a San Jose flight last December, only to realise that I actually need the del Cabo one :) – JonathanReez Feb 7 at 21:15
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    Reminds me of the British couple who thought they found a good deal on a flight to Birmingham and ended up in Alabama. – Glen Yates Feb 7 at 23:01
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    @NeanDerThal Depends on how well you know Spanish – Azor Ahai -- he him Feb 8 at 1:06
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    "San Jose" and "San Jose del Cabo" are not the same name. This would be like someone posting an answer about Alex, OK USA to Alexandria, IN USA via Alexander, AL USA (if such a flight existed). – Nij Feb 8 at 9:03
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    @Nij Yes, the formal (complete) names are different. Many travelers and residents, however, refer to the Mexican city as San Jose. – DavidSupportsMonica Feb 8 at 16:38
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Newark, NJ to Newark, DE by Amtrak train.

5:15 PMNewark Penn Station Acela Express 2167 towards Washington Union Station 6:27 PM 6:40 PMWilmington Station Wilmington/Newark Line 3257 towards Newark 6:59 PMNewark (Newark, Delaware)

Direct flight from EWR (Newark, NJ) to ILG Greater Wilmington Area (7 miles from Newark, DE) https://www.flights.com/flights/wilmington-ilg-to-newark-ewr/

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    Is it the same name if it's pronounced differently, as is the case here? – phoog Feb 8 at 5:52
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    A few more Amtrak connections (42 Pennsylvanian, 30 Capital Limited, 6 California Zephyr, and 524 Capitol Corridor), and you can pass through Newark, CA. No station there, though, so you’d have to get off in adjacent Fremont. Or continue through to San Jose and hop a plane for @ajd’s answer. – rickster Feb 8 at 6:31
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    Your link shows that are aren't any flights from EWR to ILG, so this doesn't seem to qualify. And the question specifies "flights", so the train doesn't count either. – Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 22:56
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    If trains did count, the Amtrak Cascades stops at Vancouver, WA and Vancouver, BC. – Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 23:20
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    I was confused how that could be a train journey, until I realised DE is Delaware, not Deutschland. :) – user253751 Feb 10 at 13:14
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Funny start?

Springfield SFY (MA) to Springfield SPI (IL) doesn't result in any connection for my booking advisor, neither to Springfield SGF (MO) nor Springfield VSF (VT). Neither does any other combination yield results, nor does Marshall MLL (AK) to the Marshall Islands MAJ nor St. Petersburg PIE (FL) to St. Petersburg/Leningrad LED (Russia)too bad, we could have listened to the song of the same name on the flight, nor could any combination of Newcastle/New Castle to New Castle be found.

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To get from Alexandria AEX (LA, USA) to Alexandria HBE (Egypt) it takes 3 to 4 stops, so sadly that's out. Most ancient Alexandrias lack airports.

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Glasgow GLA (Scotland) to Glasgow GCW (MT) has 3 stops. As is Trinidad (TTD) to Trinidad-Tobago, a country, using Port of Spain POS as a mark. Or Armenia AXM in Colombia to Yereven EVN in Armenia.

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From Lebanon LEB (NH), it's 2 stops to Beirut BEI in Lebanon, so... kinda on/off the mark again? But remember Newcastle? Newcastle NCL (England) connects with Newcastle NTL (Australia) via 2 stops. Melbournde MEL (Australia) to Melbourne MLB (FL) has, once again, 2 stops. Roma RMA (Australia) to Roma ROM (Italy) usually has 2 or 3 stops.

More 2 stop: La Paz LPB (Bolivia) to La Paz LAP (Mexico). Sydney YQY (NS) to Sydney SYD (Australia). Augusta AGS (GA) to Augusta AUG (ME). Aberdeen ABZ (Scotland) to Aberdeen ABR (SD). Kandahar KDH (Afganistan) to Alexandria HBE (Egypt), because Kandahar is one of the 20-something Alexandrias. Or Kandahar KDH to Khujand LBD (Tajikistan), also founded as... Alexandria. Or from Khujand LBD to Termez TMJ (Uzbekistan)...

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Kingston KIN (Jamaica) to Kingston YGK (ON, Canada) is 1 or 2 stops, we get better! Same for London LON (England) to London YXU (ON), 1 stop and occasional 2 stops, as is San Jose SJC (CA) to San Jose SJO (Costa Rica), as is from San Jose SJO to San Jose SJD (Mexico), or Santiago SCL (Chile) to Santiago STI (Dominican Republic), or Manchester NHT (NH) to Manchester MAN (England) or Rochester ROC (NY) to Rochester RST (MN). Or Manhatten MHK (KS) to Manhatten, New York NYC (NY), landing in EWK or JFK.

But to get from San Jose SJC (CA) to San Jose SJD (Mexico) or Columbus CMH to Columbus CSG (GA), it's always 1 stop, Again, a little better on the track. Same for Washington (DC) WAS to Washiongton (State) using SEA. Or Saint John YSJ (Canada) to St.John's YYT (Canada). And another case of former-Alexandrias: Kandahar KDH to Herat HEA (both Afganistan) via Kabul.

my winner is:

  • Santa Cruz (de la Palma) SPC Santa Cruz (de la Teneriffe) TCI (both Spain) - which is a 30 mintues nonstop domestic flight in Spain.

Honorable mention

Kaliningrad (since 1996: Korolyov) to Kaliningrad KGD (formerly: Königsberg) in Kaliningrad Oblast would have been a nonstop flight... from Moscow SVO.

The mad Alexandria-dash, always taking 2 stops inbetween ancient Alexandrias: Alexandria HBE - Kandahar KDH - Khujad LBD - Termez TMJ

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  • There are in fact nonstop flights from Washington DC (either DCA or IAD) to Washington State (SEA). Still doesn't count, though. – Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 23:10
  • @NateEldredge sure, but they did not pop up on my flight checker, so I could not include them... – Trish Feb 8 at 23:15
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    The two mentioned Spanish cities have different names, one is named Santa Cruz de la Palma and the other is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Those names have a common root but are not the same. Useless trivia: per law, no two municipalities can have the same name in Spain. – Diego Sánchez Feb 10 at 8:21
  • @DiegoSánchez "De La X" is a geographical location marker to differentiate different cities by the same name, it is like the "am Main" in "Frankfurt am Main", which is shortened to "Frankfurt (Main)". – Trish Feb 10 at 17:52
  • Not in Spain, and definitely not in this case. Ask any Spaniard at random about Santa Cruz, and very few will know what you are talking about unless you specify the full name. I know, I'm Spanish myself. – Diego Sánchez Feb 10 at 18:04
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Pfäffikon SZ and Pfäffikon ZH are two suburbs of Zürich, about 10km from each other. SZ (Schwyz) and ZH (Zürich) refer the the cantons these villages are in. Both are on the Zürich suburban train network, and you can travel between them every half hour. At one time there were even direct trains...

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    The question specifies "flights". – Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 22:54
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    OP indicates trains themselves, so I feel this answer is valid. – Willeke Feb 9 at 7:36
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    I thought the train example was mentioned just for contrast. The last sentence of the question makes it very clear that the criteria are flights, not trains (note the word "but" and the boldface on "flights"). – Nate Eldredge Feb 9 at 20:36
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Since your rules do not mention that flights have to be regular nor commercial, some "test flights" may satisfy yor criteria.

The ticket below was for a direct flight from Toulouse (TLS) to the very same Toulouse (TLS) airport, approx. 10 hours long just to reach the place you were departing from.

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This was the first Airbus A340 flight with passengers, aimed at testing the cabin and its related facilities (intense use of toilets, heating and serving hundreds of meals, etc.). Except that you could not buy the ticket from an airline, it was just like a normal, fully booked, evening flight. You would pop up at the airport 1-2 hrs before, go through security, wait in the terminal and board the plane from a gate. During the flight, the plane just circled above the Pyrénées mountains to make time pass and burn its fuel. It then returned to its original airport in the morning (no jetlag!).

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    Technically the question does say "two cities". Toulouse and Toulouse are one city. – Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 23:00
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    I've also flown from Kiruna to Kiruna on a scientific flight, and many (most?) sightseeing flights start and end at the same place. I admire your creativity, but it's not what I'm looking for. – gerrit Feb 9 at 9:59
  • How did you manage to get that ticket then? – masterX244 Feb 10 at 11:15
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    @NateEldredge Heraclitus ("everything flows") would contend that the Toulouse of 10 hours ago was in fact a different city ;-). Camel, great find. I would say this is an answer to the question the OP didn't even dare ask. (And I remember a satirical traveler's guide suggesting to take a domestic return flight from and to Charles de Gaulle because that was the fastest way between terminals...) – Peter - Reinstate Monica Feb 10 at 12:42
  • What's the point of taking the flight from place A to place A spending 10 hours on a plane? Even if it's free.. – kiradotee Feb 10 at 17:10
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There is now a direct train 041/042 from [Veliky] Novgorod to [Nizhny] Novgorod and back.

And nobody is very happy about it since it messed up former city residents' arrival time to Moscow.

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