The flight time from Denver to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 21 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DEN Denver, CO on time.
14 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 57 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Denver to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 57 minutes.

The flight distance from Denver to Los Angeles is 862 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Denver
2 hours, 14 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 17m
2h 21m
2h 23m
2h 24m
2h 25m
2h 26m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



862 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Denver from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Denver to Los Angeles by plane is 862 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Denver to Los Angeles?

The flight time from Denver to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 57 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 2 hours, 17 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 26 minutes.

What airlines fly from Denver to Los Angeles?

American, Spirit, Frontier, Delta, Southwest, and United are the airlines with direct flights from Denver to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from Denver to Los Angeles?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Denver (DEN) to Los Angeles (LAX). On average, they have 32 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 Denver on time
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 117 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 4 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 Denver to Los Angeles, Delta is 84% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Frontier 87% 11% 2%
Spirit 85% 11% 4%
Delta 84% 15% 1%
American 83% 15% 2%
United 81% 17% 2%
Southwest 74% 23% 3%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Denver 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
Southwest 12 117 6 137
United 15 116 7 141
Spirit 15 117 9 143
American 16 118 8 144
Delta 14 119 9 145
Frontier 14 119 10 146

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
7pm 1.76
8am 0.47
10am 0.53
3pm 0.55
2pm 0.89
10pm 0.48
4pm 1.51
9am 0.91
9pm 1.1
8pm 0.63
11am 1.5
0am 0.01
5am 0.4
1pm 1.55
7am 1.56
6am 1.75
6pm 1.28
12pm 1.21
5pm 0.71

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver 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 569
February 385
March 502
April 517
May 563
June 629
July 628
August 642
September 634
October 657
November 634
December 653

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver 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 20.15
Tuesday 19.44
Wednesday 19.19
Thursday 19.94
Friday 19.58
Saturday 17.48
Sunday 19.08

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
Southwest 1
Delta 0
American 0
Frontier 0
Spirit 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
7pm 16 116 7 142
8am 13 116 8 139
10am 14 117 7 140
3pm 13 118 7 141
2pm 12 116 6 136
10pm 14 120 10 147
4pm 14 117 8 141
9am 14 117 7 140
9pm 13 116 6 137
8pm 15 116 7 140
11am 15 116 7 141
0am 11 113 9 134
5am 11 120 6 140
1pm 15 118 6 141
7am 15 116 8 142
6am 15 118 8 144
6pm 15 120 8 146
12pm 14 119 9 145
5pm 14 115 7 138
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.