The flight time from New York to San Francisco is 6 hours, 21 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 2 minutes early.
24 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 47 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 10 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Time By Airline ?

6h 15m
6h 21m
6h 24m
6h 24m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Reverse Journey

5 hours, 27 minutes

Flights Per Week



2586 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 24 minutes
In the Air 347 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 10 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 New York to San Francisco, Virgin is 81% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 81% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 85% 14% 1%
JetBlue 83% 17% 0%
Virgin 81% 18% 1%
American 76% 23% 1%

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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Virgin 20 345 6 375
JetBlue 23 345 9 381
Delta 26 346 7 384
American 24 352 5 384

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 0.5
7am 3.19
8am 1.6
9am 1.84
10am 1.71
11am 2.73
3pm 1.88
4pm 1.81
5pm 1.33
6pm 2.31
7pm 0.92
8pm 1.17
9pm 0.82

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 612
February 637
March 695
April 648
May 690
June 682
July 698
August 720
September 657
October 678
November 640
December 634

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 23.3
Tuesday 22
Wednesday 23.4
Thursday 23.7
Friday 22.7
Saturday 15.7
Sunday 22.8

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 47
JetBlue 39
American 35
Virgin 33

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 20 352 8 382
7am 22 344 6 374
8am 24 347 7 383
9am 21 345 9 381
10am 19 346 6 373
11am 19 345 7 374
3pm 29 349 8 389
4pm 24 349 7 385
5pm 26 352 6 388
6pm 29 348 7 388
7pm 29 345 8 390
8pm 31 347 7 389
9pm 27 345 8 383
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.