The flight time from Los Angeles to San Francisco is 1 hour, 19 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves LAX Los Angeles, CA on time.
18 minutes taxiing out
55 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA on time.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
82%
SkyWest
72%
American
71%
Delta
70%
Virgin
67%
Southwest
67%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin
1h 13m
Southwest
1h 14m
United
1h 21m
American
1h 22m
Delta
1h 24m
SkyWest
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 ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

1 hour, 27 minutes

Flights Per Week

326

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01020304050

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
80
Delta
73
Virgin
67
Southwest
57
American
40
SkyWest
9

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 on time
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 55 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives San Francisco on time

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 67% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 67% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 82% 17% 1%
SkyWest 72% 27% 1%
American 71% 28% 1%
Delta 70% 29% 1%
Virgin 67% 32% 1%
Southwest 67% 24% 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Virgin 12 55 5 73
Southwest 12 55 5 74
United 19 54 5 81
American 21 55 4 82
Delta 22 55 5 84
SkyWest 23 57 4 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
5am 0.23
6am 1.93
7am 2.97
8am 2.02
9am 2.78
10am 2.63
11am 3.6
12pm 2.99
1pm 3.03
2pm 1.93
3pm 2.15
4pm 3.35
5pm 3.72
6pm 3.4
7pm 3.33
8pm 2.98
9pm 1.91
10pm 1.48

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 1380
February 1344
March 1464
April 1435
May 1458
June 1442
July 1471
August 1562
September 1372
October 1365
November 1344
December 1313

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 49.2
Tuesday 49.6
Wednesday 50.4
Thursday 48.8
Friday 49.4
Saturday 34.6
Sunday 43.9

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 80
Delta 73
Virgin 67
Southwest 57
American 40
SkyWest 9

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 12 55 5 73
6am 15 55 6 78
7am 16 55 5 78
8am 24 56 5 88
9am 19 55 5 83
10am 20 55 5 83
11am 19 55 5 80
12pm 18 54 5 79
1pm 17 55 5 78
2pm 17 54 5 77
3pm 14 55 5 75
4pm 17 55 5 77
5pm 20 55 5 80
6pm 18 55 5 78
7pm 17 55 5 79
8pm 17 55 6 79
9pm 15 54 6 77
10pm 20 53 5 79
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.