The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 11 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 3 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 41 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 15 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 11 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 41 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to Los Angeles is 2611 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Boston
5 hours, 20 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

6h 3m
6h 10m
6h 12m
6h 12m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



2611 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Boston from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Boston to Los Angeles by plane is 2611 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Boston to Los Angeles?

The flight time from Boston to Los Angeles is 6 hours, 11 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 41 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 6 hours, 3 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 6 hours, 12 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Los Angeles?

United, American, JetBlue, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Boston to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from Boston to Los Angeles?

Southwest does not fly from Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Boston 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 341 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 15 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Boston to Los Angeles, American is 89% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 89% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 89% 10% 1%
United 88% 9% 3%
JetBlue 86% 12% 2%
Delta 85% 14% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Boston and Los Angeles, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
In the Air
Taxiing In
United 15 338 8 363
JetBlue 15 341 9 370
American 19 342 8 372
Delta 17 342 10 372

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
10am 0.17
1pm 0.18
8pm 0.46
3pm 0.63
9pm 0.17
7pm 0.42
12pm 0.01
5pm 1.17
9am 0.55
6am 1.18
5am 0.04
6pm 1.09
7am 1.26
8am 1.06
11am 0.48
4pm 0.88

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to Los Angeles that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 324
February 101
March 174
April 163
May 210
June 299
July 395
August 435
September 360
October 382
November 388
December 376

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to Los Angeles that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 10.71
Tuesday 9.58
Wednesday 9.4
Thursday 10.62
Friday 10.65
Saturday 7.79
Sunday 10.62

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
JetBlue 0
Delta 0
American 0
United 0

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
In the Air
Taxi In
10am 16 346 10 377
1pm 15 349 6 372
8pm 15 337 10 371
3pm 16 345 9 373
9pm 15 342 11 375
7pm 17 339 14 379
12pm 20 327 10 355
5pm 16 344 9 375
9am 16 342 7 369
6am 16 337 11 369
5am 11 351 8 380
6pm 18 341 9 372
7am 18 339 9 369
8am 17 348 8 376
11am 15 334 8 360
4pm 16 335 7 361
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.