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

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA on time.
16 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 35 minutes in the air
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 5 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Southwest
88%
American
84%
United
81%
Virgin
81%
Frontier
75%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
4h
United
4h 2m
Virgin
4h 7m
American
4h 8m
Frontier
4h 16m
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, 31 minutes

Flights Per Week

173

Distance

1846 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01020

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
94
American
41
Southwest
16
Virgin
16
Frontier
5

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 16 minutes
In the Air 215 minutes
Taxiing In 11 minutes
Arrives Chicago 5 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, Southwest is 88% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 88% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Southwest 88% 11% 1%
American 84% 15% 1%
United 81% 18% 1%
Virgin 81% 19% 0%
Frontier 75% 24% 1%

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 14 218 6 240
United 17 213 10 242
Virgin 14 217 15 247
American 16 218 13 248
Frontier 18 218 16 256

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 0.93
1am 0.11
5am 0.93
6am 2.34
7am 2.1
8am 1.38
9am 1.8
10am 1.47
11am 2.04
12pm 0.92
1pm 1.21
2pm 2.14
3pm 0.59
4pm 1.93
5pm 0.62
6pm 0.71
7pm 0.47
10pm 0.55
11pm 2.34

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 627
February 570
March 651
April 680
May 774
June 816
July 858
August 884
September 825
October 823
November 726
December 743

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 25.1
Tuesday 26.2
Wednesday 26
Thursday 25.6
Friday 25.8
Saturday 20
Sunday 24

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 94
American 41
Southwest 16
Virgin 16
Frontier 5

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 14 216 8 238
1am 14 217 17 255
5am 13 218 12 244
6am 17 217 9 244
7am 16 218 13 248
8am 19 214 11 245
9am 17 215 13 248
10am 17 215 13 248
11am 19 216 16 253
12pm 18 215 14 249
1pm 18 215 14 247
2pm 17 217 11 246
3pm 15 215 7 239
4pm 16 213 9 240
5pm 16 213 6 236
6pm 15 213 6 235
7pm 17 212 6 237
10pm 18 210 7 237
11pm 16 213 8 238
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.