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

Average Timeline

Leaves PHX Phoenix, AZ on time.
13 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 37 minutes in the air
6 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
78%
American
72%
Alaska
72%
Southwest
68%
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, 54 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 56m
United
1h 58m
American
2h 1m
Alaska
2h 6m
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

93

Distance

651 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun051015

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Southwest
30
United
30
American
30
Alaska
1

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, 56 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 2 hours, 6 minutes.

What airlines fly from Phoenix to San Francisco?

Alaska, United, 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 30 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 on time
Taxi Out Time 13 minutes
In the Air 97 minutes
Taxiing In 6 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 Phoenix to San Francisco, Southwest is 68% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 68% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 78% 21% 1%
American 72% 26% 2%
Alaska 72% 26% 2%
Southwest 68% 29% 3%

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 98 6 116
United 13 97 5 118
American 16 96 5 121
Alaska 17 104 5 126

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 0.67
8pm 1.21
4pm 0.45
2pm 0.72
5pm 1.71
9pm 0.76
12pm 0.65
7pm 0.57
0am 0.03
1pm 0.75
6pm 1
10am 0.65
3pm 0.52
9am 0.35
11am 0.82
11pm 0.01
6am 0.49
8am 0.96
10pm 0.23
5am 0.52

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 423
February 394
March 504
April 426
May 419
June 411
July 403
August 455
September 357
October 364
November 342
December 362

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 14.4
Tuesday 13.15
Wednesday 13.48
Thursday 14.27
Friday 14.35
Saturday 10.67
Sunday 13.13

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
Southwest 1
United 1
American 1
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)
7am 13 101 5 122
8pm 14 96 6 119
4pm 12 98 5 116
2pm 13 95 5 114
5pm 13 97 5 116
9pm 12 96 7 117
12pm 12 99 6 117
7pm 11 96 6 115
0am 13 95 5 114
1pm 13 98 5 118
6pm 13 96 6 118
10am 18 95 6 121
3pm 12 96 5 116
9am 15 99 6 123
11am 15 99 5 122
11pm 16 95 4 114
6am 13 101 5 121
8am 16 97 5 121
10pm 8 99 8 119
5am 12 96 6 116
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.