The flight time from Chicago to San Francisco is 4 hours, 35 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL on time.
17 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 7 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America
82%
United
79%
American
75%
Southwest
70%
Alaska
65%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Chicago
4 hours, 6 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
4h 34m
Southwest
4h 34m
Virgin America
4h 35m
American
4h 36m
Alaska
4h 40m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

149

Distance

1846 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
81
American
38
Southwest
15
Virgin America
13
Alaska
2

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 Chicago on time
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 247 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 2 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 10 minutes. For example, from Chicago to San Francisco, United is 79% reliable, which means that United flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin America 82% 18% 0%
United 79% 21% 0%
American 75% 24% 1%
Southwest 70% 29% 1%
Alaska 65% 33% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago 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)
United 19 244 7 274
Southwest 12 249 9 274
Virgin America 18 248 6 275
American 16 251 5 276
Alaska 19 249 6 280

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
6am 0.92
7am 1.52
8am 2.28
9am 1.18
10am 1.53
11am 0.37
12pm 2.22
1pm 0.68
2pm 2.05
3pm 1.21
4pm 0.52
5pm 1.71
6pm 0.88
7pm 1.72
8pm 1.64
9pm 0.38
10pm 0.34
11pm 0.1

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 540
February 438
March 531
April 566
May 634
June 742
July 761
August 802
September 716
October 722
November 645
December 669

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 21.7
Tuesday 21.8
Wednesday 21.8
Thursday 22.3
Friday 21.9
Saturday 18.8
Sunday 21.1

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 81
American 38
Southwest 15
Virgin America 13
Alaska 2

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)
6am 15 246 9 275
7am 15 252 6 276
8am 16 247 9 277
9am 22 242 8 277
10am 19 245 6 274
11am 15 246 6 270
12pm 20 246 6 275
1pm 16 254 5 278
2pm 17 246 6 271
3pm 18 244 6 271
4pm 17 248 5 273
5pm 17 251 6 278
6pm 20 245 7 274
7pm 18 246 8 276
8pm 17 246 7 274
9pm 17 248 5 273
10pm 17 237 6 260
11pm 15 248 5 271
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.