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

Average Timeline

Leaves JFK New York, NY 3 minutes early.
25 minutes taxiing out
5 hours, 50 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to New York
5 hours, 25 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin America
6h 23m
6h 26m
6h 27m
6h 29m
6h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



2586 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 25 minutes
In the Air 350 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 9 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 America is 78% reliable, which means that Virgin America flights are on time 78% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Alaska 80% 20% 0%
Delta 80% 19% 1%
Virgin America 78% 20% 2%
JetBlue 78% 21% 1%
American 78% 20% 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Virgin America 25 348 6 383
Alaska 26 347 7 386
JetBlue 24 348 10 387
American 24 355 5 389
Delta 26 351 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
7am 3.47
8am 0.97
9am 2.22
10am 0.53
11am 3.27
12pm 0.54
3pm 1.74
4pm 2.2
5pm 1.37
6pm 1.81
7pm 0.85
8pm 1.13
9pm 0.99

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 579
March 645
April 670
May 689
June 655
July 672
August 686
September 633
October 671
November 612
December 606

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 22.9
Tuesday 21.8
Wednesday 21.9
Thursday 22.7
Friday 21.9
Saturday 15.4
Sunday 22.3

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 30
Virgin America 27
Alaska 6

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
7am 21 349 6 379
8am 24 346 17 394
9am 21 350 9 384
10am 19 338 7 368
11am 22 350 6 383
12pm 22 342 10 376
3pm 32 353 9 397
4pm 28 354 6 393
5pm 30 355 7 399
6pm 32 356 7 400
7pm 35 349 8 399
8pm 31 352 10 394
9pm 28 347 8 388
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.