The flight time from San Francisco to Chicago is 4 hours, 6 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
20 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 34 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
84%
Alaska
83%
United
82%
Southwest
82%
Virgin America
82%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

Chicago to San Francisco
4 hours, 35 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
4h
United
4h 4m
American
4h 11m
Virgin America
4h 11m
Alaska
4h 12m
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)

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Flights Per Week

150

Distance

1846 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
82
American
38
Southwest
15
Virgin America
13
Alaska
2

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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 20 minutes
In the Air 214 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Chicago 4 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 82% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 82% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 84% 15% 1%
Alaska 83% 16% 1%
Southwest 82% 17% 1%
United 82% 18% 0%
Virgin America 82% 18% 0%

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 5 240
United 21 212 10 244
American 20 216 13 251
Virgin America 19 217 13 251
Alaska 16 220 14 252

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 1.35
5am 0.81
6am 2.06
7am 0.44
8am 1.96
9am 1.59
10am 1.26
11am 1.84
12pm 0.99
1pm 0.72
2pm 1.87
3pm 0.48
4pm 2.27
5pm 0.38
6pm 0.7
7pm 0.26
10pm 0.32
11pm 2.07

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 537
February 439
March 539
April 565
May 631
June 747
July 766
August 804
September 723
October 730
November 643
December 674

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 21.5
Tuesday 21.9
Wednesday 21.6
Thursday 22.2
Friday 22.1
Saturday 19.3
Sunday 21.4

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 82
American 38
Southwest 15
Virgin America 13
Alaska 2

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 16 212 9 240
5am 14 217 5 238
6am 25 216 10 252
7am 18 218 13 249
8am 22 215 13 251
9am 21 215 13 251
10am 21 213 13 250
11am 25 216 16 259
12pm 21 214 12 250
1pm 23 214 11 252
2pm 20 215 13 249
3pm 15 215 5 239
4pm 19 212 8 242
5pm 16 212 6 235
6pm 18 211 6 235
7pm 20 208 6 237
10pm 25 211 6 243
11pm 19 209 7 238
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.