The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 21 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes late.
19 minutes taxiing out
55 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 4 minutes late.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
76%
American
72%
Delta
71%
Virgin
59%
Southwest
59%
SkyWest
51%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin
1h 15m
Southwest
1h 16m
American
1h 23m
United
1h 24m
Delta
1h 24m
SkyWest
1h 29m
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 ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

1 hour, 31 minutes

Flights Per Week

302

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun010203040

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
88
Virgin
66
Southwest
56
Delta
41
SkyWest
34
American
19

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 late
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 55 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 4 minutes late

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, Virgin is 59% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 59% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 76% 23% 1%
American 72% 27% 1%
Delta 71% 29% 0%
Virgin 59% 38% 3%
Southwest 59% 31% 10%
SkyWest 51% 46% 3%

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)
Virgin 13 55 6 75
Southwest 13 55 6 76
American 22 54 4 83
United 22 55 5 84
Delta 22 54 5 84
SkyWest 24 57 5 89

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 0.19
6am 2.06
7am 2.96
8am 1.48
9am 2.74
10am 2.82
11am 3.57
12pm 2.98
1pm 2.81
2pm 2.6
3pm 1.98
4pm 2.44
5pm 3.07
6pm 2.92
7pm 2.85
8pm 2.33
9pm 1.8
10pm 1.39

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 1180
February 1092
March 1324
April 1249
May 1259
June 1240
July 1471
August 1562
September 1372
October 1365
November 1344
December 1250

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 46
Tuesday 45.9
Wednesday 46.2
Thursday 45.9
Friday 47.5
Saturday 31.2
Sunday 39.4

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 88
Virgin 66
Southwest 56
Delta 41
SkyWest 34
American 19

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 56 7 75
6am 16 55 6 79
7am 18 55 6 81
8am 26 57 5 93
9am 20 55 6 85
10am 21 55 6 85
11am 21 55 5 84
12pm 19 55 6 81
1pm 20 55 5 82
2pm 18 55 5 80
3pm 17 55 5 78
4pm 18 54 5 78
5pm 22 55 5 82
6pm 18 55 5 79
7pm 18 55 6 80
8pm 17 55 6 80
9pm 15 54 6 78
10pm 20 54 5 81
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.