The flight time from Denver to San Francisco is 2 hours, 36 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves DEN Denver, CO 2 minutes late.
14 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 11 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
74%
Southwest
71%
Frontier
63%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Denver to San Francisco is 2 hours, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 11 minutes.

The flight distance from Denver to San Francisco is 967 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Denver
2 hours, 28 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
2h 35m
United
2h 36m
Frontier
2h 42m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

105

Distance

967 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun051015

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
66
Southwest
26
Frontier
12

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Denver from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Denver to San Francisco by plane is 967 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 San Francisco?

The flight time from Denver to San Francisco is 2 hours, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 11 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 2 hours, 35 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 42 minutes.

What airlines fly from Denver to San Francisco?

Southwest, Frontier, and United are the airlines with direct flights from Denver to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Denver to San Francisco?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Denver (DEN) to San Francisco (SFO). On average, they have 26 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 2 minutes late
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 131 minutes
Taxiing In 7 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 Denver to San Francisco, Southwest is 71% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 71% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 74% 25% 1%
Southwest 71% 27% 2%
Frontier 63% 36% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Denver 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)
Southwest 12 132 8 155
United 15 131 7 156
Frontier 16 132 11 162

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
12pm 0.49
9am 0.82
6pm 0.85
8am 1.04
3pm 1.01
1pm 0.83
7pm 0.7
8pm 0.54
10pm 1.95
9pm 0.35
7am 1.26
10am 0.72
2pm 1.18
6am 0.89
5pm 1.21
11pm 0.01
4pm 0.18
11am 0.76
5am 0.04

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver 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 382
February 335
March 412
April 393
May 432
June 508
July 546
August 601
September 463
October 505
November 465
December 444

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Denver 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 15.9
Tuesday 14.71
Wednesday 15.69
Thursday 15.67
Friday 15.9
Saturday 12.48
Sunday 15.13

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
Frontier 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
12pm 12 132 7 154
9am 19 130 8 160
6pm 16 129 8 156
8am 16 132 8 160
3pm 14 133 6 155
1pm 13 131 7 155
7pm 16 128 8 157
8pm 15 130 8 155
10pm 14 131 9 156
9pm 13 133 8 159
7am 16 133 9 165
10am 14 130 7 156
2pm 13 131 8 154
6am 13 131 6 153
5pm 14 131 6 154
11pm 15 132 6 159
4pm 13 131 7 155
11am 14 131 7 155
5am 12 132 4 150
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.