The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 22 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes early.
20 minutes taxiing out
55 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Los Angeles
1 hour, 31 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 16m
1h 20m
1h 23m
Virgin America
1h 24m
1h 25m
1h 26m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



337 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 20 minutes
In the Air 55 minutes
Taxiing In 5 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 Los Angeles to San Francisco, Southwest is 60% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 60% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 86% 14% 0%
Delta 80% 20% 0%
SkyWest 75% 24% 1%
Virgin America 69% 29% 2%
Alaska 69% 28% 3%
Southwest 60% 31% 9%

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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 14 54 6 76
Delta 17 54 5 80
SkyWest 19 56 5 83
Virgin America 22 54 5 84
United 23 54 5 85
Alaska 23 55 5 86

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 2.66
7am 1.9
8am 2.65
9am 2.29
10am 2.79
11am 2.9
12pm 2.76
1pm 2.28
2pm 2.81
3pm 2.34
4pm 2.58
5pm 2.73
6pm 2.45
7pm 2.19
8pm 1.88
9pm 2.25
10pm 0.61
11pm 1.09

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 1231
February 1175
March 1211
April 1228
May 1276
June 1240
July 1221
August 1351
September 1299
October 1336
November 1256
December 1225

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 44.4
Tuesday 43.1
Wednesday 43.4
Thursday 44.7
Friday 44.4
Saturday 30.1
Sunday 39.3

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 87
Virgin America 59
Southwest 57
SkyWest 46
Delta 29
Alaska 12

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
6am 19 55 6 82
7am 19 55 6 83
8am 24 56 6 90
9am 23 54 6 88
10am 23 55 6 87
11am 23 55 5 85
12pm 21 54 6 83
1pm 20 55 5 83
2pm 19 55 5 80
3pm 18 54 6 79
4pm 20 54 5 80
5pm 20 55 5 81
6pm 19 54 5 79
7pm 17 54 6 79
8pm 21 55 6 84
9pm 18 54 7 83
10pm 24 54 4 83
11pm 21 54 4 80
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.