The flight time from Nashville to San Francisco is 4 hours, 49 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BNA Nashville, TN on time.
15 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 23 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Alaska
75%
United
73%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Nashville to San Francisco is 4 hours, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 23 minutes.

The flight distance from Nashville to San Francisco is 1969 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Nashville
4 hours, 17 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Alaska
4h 48m
United
4h 49m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

18

Distance

1969 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01234

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
12
Alaska
5

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Nashville from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Nashville to San Francisco by plane is 1969 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Nashville to San Francisco?

The flight time from Nashville to San Francisco is 4 hours, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 23 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Alaska being the fastest taking 4 hours, 48 minutes, and United the slowest taking 4 hours, 49 minutes.

What airlines fly from Nashville to San Francisco?

United and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from Nashville to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Nashville to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from Nashville (BNA) to San Francisco (SFO). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 Nashville on time
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 263 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 20 minutes. For example, from Nashville to San Francisco, Alaska is 75% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 75% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Alaska 75% 23% 2%
United 73% 27% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Nashville 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)
Alaska 16 264 6 288
United 14 263 7 289

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
7pm 1.12
5pm 0.14
3pm 0.05
7am 0.11
9am 0.21
6am 0.42
8am 0.22
6pm 0.36

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Nashville 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 95
February 88
March 101
April 90
May 98
June 76
July 76
August 85
September 81
October 86
November 54
December 35

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Nashville 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 2.9
Tuesday 2.6
Wednesday 2.42
Thursday 2.88
Friday 3.1
Saturday 2.08
Sunday 2.58

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 0
Alaska 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)
7pm 15 260 7 286
5pm 16 265 7 293
3pm 16 260 5 284
7am 15 258 10 288
9am 15 266 6 291
6am 14 264 8 291
8am 14 269 8 293
6pm 14 269 7 292
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.