The flight time from Phoenix to San Francisco is 1 hour, 58 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves PHX Phoenix, AZ 2 minutes early.
14 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 37 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
90%
American
88%
Alaska
87%
Frontier
87%
Southwest
78%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Phoenix to San Francisco is 1 hour, 58 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 37 minutes.

The flight distance from Phoenix to San Francisco is 651 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Phoenix
1 hour, 53 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 51m
United
1h 59m
American
1h 59m
Alaska
2h 2m
Frontier
2h 3m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

77

Distance

651 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0510

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
24
United
22
Southwest
19
Alaska
6
Frontier
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Phoenix from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Phoenix to San Francisco by plane is 651 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Phoenix to San Francisco?

The flight time from Phoenix to San Francisco is 1 hour, 58 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 37 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 51 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 3 minutes.

What airlines fly from Phoenix to San Francisco?

Alaska, United, Frontier, Southwest, and American are the airlines with direct flights from Phoenix to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Phoenix to San Francisco?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Phoenix (PHX) to San Francisco (SFO). On average, they have 19 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 Phoenix 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 97 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 7 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 Phoenix to San Francisco, Frontier is 87% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 87% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 90% 9% 1%
American 88% 11% 1%
Frontier 87% 13% 0%
Alaska 87% 9% 4%
Southwest 78% 21% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Phoenix 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)
Southwest 10 96 4 111
United 15 99 4 119
American 15 96 7 119
Alaska 16 101 3 122
Frontier 14 98 9 123

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 0.74
8pm 0.71
4pm 0.34
2pm 0.5
5pm 0.38
9pm 0.6
12pm 0.34
7pm 0.8
1pm 0.58
6pm 0.61
10am 0.57
3pm 1.37
9am 0.77
11am 0.69
6am 0.33
8am 1.4
10pm 0.03
5am 0.2

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Phoenix 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 308
February 207
March 311
April 321
May 331
June 338
July 386
August 385
September 360
October 357
November 382
December 361

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Phoenix 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 11.88
Tuesday 10.04
Wednesday 10.46
Thursday 11.46
Friday 11.81
Saturday 10.83
Sunday 11.35

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
American 0
United 0
Southwest 0
Alaska 0
Frontier 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)
7am 14 102 4 123
8pm 11 95 5 113
4pm 11 99 4 114
2pm 13 97 4 115
5pm 12 100 5 118
9pm 12 94 5 112
12pm 12 98 4 116
7pm 13 96 7 117
1pm 14 96 5 115
6pm 13 98 6 117
10am 18 103 4 125
3pm 14 95 5 115
9am 18 99 4 123
11am 17 96 6 120
6am 14 98 5 119
8am 16 98 6 122
10pm 10 97 6 116
5am 16 100 4 120
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.