The flight time from Boston to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 1 minute early.
19 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 58 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 10 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 58 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to San Francisco is 2704 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Boston
5 hours, 33 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

6h 24m
6h 29m
6h 32m
6h 36m
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



2704 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Boston from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Boston to San Francisco by plane is 2704 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 San Francisco?

The flight time from Boston to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 58 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 6 hours, 24 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 6 hours, 36 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to San Francisco?

United, Alaska, Delta, and JetBlue are the airlines with direct flights from Boston to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Boston to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO). 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 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 358 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 10 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 San Francisco, Alaska is 82% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 82% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 83% 16% 1%
United 83% 15% 2%
Alaska 82% 17% 1%
JetBlue 76% 24% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Boston and San Francisco, 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 17 356 7 384
JetBlue 18 359 8 389
Alaska 26 356 5 392
Delta 23 363 7 396

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
10pm 0.02
3pm 0.21
2pm 0
6am 1.56
1pm 0.68
9am 0.56
8am 1.64
10am 0.44
7pm 0.17
6pm 1.58
11am 0.71
8pm 0.75
4pm 0.28
5pm 1.68
5am 0.04
9pm 0.64
7am 1.62

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to San Francisco 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 335
February 305
March 361
April 343
May 415
June 427
July 435
August 443
September 450
October 438
November 345
December 343

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to San Francisco 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 13.21
Tuesday 12.58
Wednesday 12.85
Thursday 13.21
Friday 13.25
Saturday 10.96
Sunday 13.17

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
United 1
JetBlue 1
Delta 0
Alaska 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
10pm 15 370 5 393
3pm 19 359 7 384
2pm 17 389 5 411
6am 18 359 8 388
1pm 16 353 5 378
9am 17 361 7 388
8am 18 358 8 389
10am 16 354 8 380
7pm 18 356 6 387
6pm 21 360 7 390
11am 15 354 6 376
8pm 17 352 7 378
4pm 21 359 8 390
5pm 24 361 6 397
5am 15 355 11 386
9pm 16 368 6 392
7am 22 357 7 390
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.