The flight time from New York to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 3 minutes early.
24 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 51 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Alaska
82%
Delta
81%
JetBlue
79%
American
77%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from New York to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 51 minutes.

The flight distance from New York to San Francisco is 2586 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to New York
5 hours, 27 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

JetBlue
6h 25m
Alaska
6h 27m
American
6h 28m
Delta
6h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h6h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Flights Per Week

146

Distance

2586 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
47
JetBlue
40
American
31
Alaska
27

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is New York from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from New York to San Francisco by plane is 2586 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from New York to San Francisco?

The flight time from New York to San Francisco is 6 hours, 28 minutes. The time spent in the air is 5 hours, 51 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 6 hours, 25 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 6 hours, 30 minutes.

What airlines fly from New York to San Francisco?

American, Alaska, JetBlue, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from New York to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from New York to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from New York (JFK) 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 New York 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 24 minutes
In the Air 351 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 11 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 New York to San Francisco, Alaska is 82% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 82% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Alaska 82% 17% 1%
Delta 81% 19% 0%
JetBlue 79% 21% 0%
American 77% 21% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between New York 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)
JetBlue 22 349 10 385
Alaska 26 351 6 387
American 23 354 6 388
Delta 25 351 8 390

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 0.56
8pm 1.07
3pm 1.79
9pm 1.96
7am 2.99
7pm 0.61
11am 3.22
8am 0.99
9am 2.73
6pm 0.76
4pm 2.08
10am 0.7
2pm 0.03
5pm 1.28

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from New York 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 620
February 578
March 667
April 642
May 657
June 642
July 653
August 671
September 617
October 657
November 612
December 617

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from New York 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 21.96
Tuesday 21.38
Wednesday 21.65
Thursday 22.52
Friday 22.12
Saturday 15.37
Sunday 21.79

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
Delta 1
JetBlue 1
American 1
Alaska 1

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)
6am 17 345 9 370
8pm 29 349 10 395
3pm 26 354 7 392
9pm 24 348 7 385
7am 22 352 7 383
7pm 31 358 8 400
11am 23 351 7 384
8am 26 351 13 396
9am 22 349 9 383
6pm 27 356 8 399
4pm 28 356 6 396
10am 18 343 9 373
2pm 27 374 8 421
5pm 27 352 8 396
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.