The flight time from Denver to San Francisco is 2 hours, 37 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DEN Denver, CO on time.
14 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 12 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America
80%
United
79%
Southwest
72%
Frontier
68%
Alaska
67%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Denver
2 hours, 25 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
2h 36m
Virgin America
2h 37m
United
2h 37m
Alaska
2h 37m
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)

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Flights Per Week

134

Distance

967 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
71
Southwest
31
Virgin America
15
Frontier
14
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 Denver on time
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 132 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 3 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 Denver to San Francisco, Southwest is 72% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 72% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin America 80% 19% 1%
United 79% 21% 0%
Southwest 72% 28% 0%
Frontier 68% 32% 0%
Alaska 67% 30% 3%

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 13 133 8 156
Virgin America 14 133 6 157
United 14 131 7 157
Alaska 14 133 5 157
Frontier 14 134 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
5am 0.55
6am 0.9
7am 1.07
8am 1.64
9am 0.74
10am 0.64
11am 1.22
12pm 2.43
1pm 0.5
2pm 1.03
3pm 1.3
4pm 0.66
5pm 1.77
6pm 1.32
7pm 0.51
8pm 0.59
9pm 0.25
10pm 1.92

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 517
February 449
March 513
April 504
May 536
June 636
July 647
August 690
September 622
October 637
November 591
December 620

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 20
Tuesday 18.9
Wednesday 20
Thursday 20.7
Friday 20.1
Saturday 16.5
Sunday 17.8

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 71
Southwest 31
Virgin America 15
Frontier 14
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)
5am 11 131 5 150
6am 14 132 6 159
7am 15 134 8 164
8am 17 132 8 162
9am 15 131 9 161
10am 15 135 8 163
11am 16 130 8 158
12pm 13 133 7 156
1pm 12 132 6 156
2pm 13 132 6 155
3pm 14 131 9 158
4pm 13 137 8 160
5pm 14 131 7 154
6pm 15 131 7 155
7pm 17 129 10 158
8pm 13 130 8 154
9pm 12 137 9 160
10pm 13 133 8 155
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.