The flight time from San Francisco to Denver is 2 hours, 25 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 58 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DEN Denver, CO 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Denver to San Francisco
2 hours, 37 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 23m
Virgin America
2h 24m
2h 26m
2h 27m
2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



967 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 18 minutes
In the Air 118 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Denver 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 Denver, Southwest is 75% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 75% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 87% 13% 0%
Virgin America 80% 19% 1%
Alaska 80% 17% 3%
Frontier 79% 20% 1%
Southwest 75% 25% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Denver, 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 17 119 6 143
Virgin America 16 119 7 144
United 20 118 6 146
Frontier 17 119 9 147
Alaska 18 121 7 150

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 0.64
5am 1.36
6am 1.4
7am 1.31
8am 1.4
9am 1.53
10am 1.06
11am 0.89
12pm 0.62
1pm 2.18
2pm 0.59
3pm 1.08
4pm 0.34
5pm 0.76
6pm 1.19
7pm 1.28
8pm 0.75
9pm 0.55

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Denver 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 524
February 448
March 507
April 503
May 530
June 633
July 647
August 689
September 616
October 634
November 587
December 624

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Denver 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 19.9
Tuesday 19.2
Wednesday 20
Thursday 20.3
Friday 20.3
Saturday 15.4
Sunday 18.3

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 71
Southwest 31
Virgin America 15
Frontier 14
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
In the Air
Taxi In
0am 14 117 8 140
5am 15 120 6 142
6am 24 121 7 154
7am 17 119 7 144
8am 21 118 6 147
9am 21 119 6 147
10am 21 119 6 147
11am 25 117 7 150
12pm 17 119 7 145
1pm 22 118 6 148
2pm 18 118 7 146
3pm 17 119 8 147
4pm 21 120 6 146
5pm 17 119 6 143
6pm 16 117 6 141
7pm 16 117 6 141
8pm 17 115 6 140
9pm 17 116 5 140
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.