The flight time from Charlotte to San Francisco is 5 hours, 28 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves CLT Charlotte, NC 3 minutes late.
17 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 2 minutes in the air
6 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
72%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Charlotte to San Francisco is 5 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 2 minutes.

The flight distance from Charlotte to San Francisco is 2296 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Charlotte
4 hours, 55 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

American
5h 28m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h6h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.20.40.60.81.0

Flights Per Week

31

Distance

2296 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun012345

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
31

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Charlotte from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Charlotte to San Francisco by plane is 2296 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Charlotte to San Francisco?

The flight time from Charlotte to San Francisco is 5 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 2 minutes. These numbers are averages.

What airlines fly from Charlotte to San Francisco?

American is the only airline with direct flights from Charlotte to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Charlotte to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from Charlotte (CLT) 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 Charlotte 3 minutes late
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 302 minutes
Taxiing In 6 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 1 minute 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 Charlotte to San Francisco, American is 72% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 72% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 72% 26% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Charlotte 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
American 17 302 6 328

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
11am 0.65
8pm 0.55
3pm 0.71
1pm 0.01
7am 0.87
6pm 0.97
8am 0.02
4pm 0.58
10pm 0.1
9am 0.01
2pm 0

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Charlotte 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 127
February 110
March 124
April 120
May 150
June 150
July 153
August 153
September 142
October 148
November 144
December 139

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Charlotte 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 4.69
Tuesday 4.6
Wednesday 4.54
Thursday 4.56
Friday 4.69
Saturday 4.35
Sunday 4.5

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
American 1

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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
11am 16 298 6 322
8pm 19 308 6 338
3pm 16 299 6 324
1pm 25 330 7 362
7am 17 304 6 329
6pm 18 304 7 334
8am 18 300 5 322
4pm 17 301 6 327
10pm 15 301 4 324
9am 20 304 7 329
2pm 26 328 4 358
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.