The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 12 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 5 minutes early.
13 minutes taxiing out
54 minutes in the air
4 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 17 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Southwest
97%
Alaska
96%
United
96%
Delta
95%
American
95%
JetBlue
82%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 12 minutes. The time spent in the air is 54 minutes.

The flight distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 337 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Los Angeles
1 hour, 16 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 6m
Delta
1h 10m
Alaska
1h 14m
United
1h 14m
JetBlue
1h 14m
American
1h 16m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 15m 30m 45m1h1h 15m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

138

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Alaska
42
Delta
31
United
29
Southwest
20
American
13
JetBlue
1

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Los Angeles from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco by plane is 337 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 12 minutes. The time spent in the air is 54 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 6 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 16 minutes.

What airlines fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Delta, United, Southwest, American, Alaska, and JetBlue are the airlines with direct flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO). On average, they have 20 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 Los Angeles 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 13 minutes
In the Air 54 minutes
Taxiing In 4 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 17 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 Los Angeles to San Francisco, Delta is 95% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 95% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Southwest 97% 2% 1%
United 96% 4% 0%
Alaska 96% 4% 0%
Delta 95% 5% 0%
American 95% 5% 0%
JetBlue 82% 11% 7%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Los Angeles 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 8 53 4 66
Delta 10 55 4 70
United 14 54 4 74
Alaska 14 55 4 74
JetBlue 15 55 4 74
American 16 54 5 76

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
5pm 1.75
8am 1.99
12pm 0.37
9pm 0.89
5am 0.01
11am 0.69
1pm 1.22
2pm 1.78
8pm 1.35
10am 2.35
6am 0.73
9am 0.88
7pm 1.33
10pm 0.12
4pm 1.45
6pm 0.95
7am 1.39
3pm 0.84

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 608
February 552
March 628
April 653
May 736
June 471
July 588
August 642
September 626
October 632
November 623
December 601

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Los Angeles 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 20.68
Tuesday 19.66
Wednesday 19.85
Thursday 19.89
Friday 20.02
Saturday 18.42
Sunday 20.36

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
Alaska 1
Delta 1
United 1
Southwest 0
American 0
JetBlue 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)
5pm 10 54 4 69
8am 16 56 4 77
12pm 11 53 4 68
9pm 13 55 5 74
5am 17 55 3 76
11am 12 53 4 70
1pm 14 53 4 72
2pm 10 54 4 70
8pm 12 54 4 71
10am 13 55 4 73
6am 13 54 4 72
9am 14 55 4 73
7pm 12 54 4 71
10pm 14 55 3 75
4pm 15 55 4 75
6pm 13 54 4 71
7am 12 55 4 71
3pm 14 55 4 72
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.