The flight time from San Francisco to Chicago is 4 hours, 3 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA on time.
18 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 32 minutes in the air
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives MDW Chicago, IL 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
83%
Southwest
82%
Virgin
82%
United
79%
Frontier
72%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
4h 1m
United
4h 1m
Virgin
4h 6m
American
4h 8m
Frontier
4h 13m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0123

Reverse Journey

4 hours, 35 minutes

Flights Per Week

161

Distance

1855 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0510152025

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
88
American
39
Southwest
16
Virgin
15
Frontier
3

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 San Francisco on time
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 212 minutes
Taxiing In 11 minutes
Arrives Chicago 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 10 minutes. For example, from San Francisco to Chicago, United is 79% reliable, which means that United flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 83% 15% 2%
Southwest 82% 17% 1%
Virgin 82% 18% 0%
United 79% 21% 0%
Frontier 72% 26% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Chicago, 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 17 216 6 241
United 19 210 11 241
Virgin 16 215 14 246
American 18 215 13 248
Frontier 15 210 18 253

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
0am 1.17
1am 0.25
5am 0.37
6am 2.35
7am 1.38
8am 1.78
9am 1.81
10am 1.19
11am 1.82
12pm 0.8
1pm 1.12
2pm 2.07
3pm 0.7
4pm 2.04
5pm 0.39
6pm 0.62
7pm 0.48
10pm 0.35
11pm 2.22

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Chicago 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 584
February 515
March 606
April 605
May 653
June 747
July 766
August 804
September 825
October 823
November 726
December 712

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Chicago 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 23.6
Tuesday 23.5
Wednesday 23.4
Thursday 24.6
Friday 24
Saturday 19.4
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
United 88
American 39
Southwest 16
Virgin 15
Frontier 3

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)
0am 15 211 9 237
1am 14 209 19 253
5am 14 217 9 241
6am 21 214 10 246
7am 16 216 13 246
8am 19 214 13 246
9am 19 213 14 249
10am 21 209 14 246
11am 22 214 16 254
12pm 17 212 13 244
1pm 19 213 12 246
2pm 19 214 11 247
3pm 16 212 8 239
4pm 17 211 9 239
5pm 15 212 7 235
6pm 16 208 6 232
7pm 18 210 7 236
10pm 19 209 7 235
11pm 17 209 8 236
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.