The flight time from San Francisco to Detroit is 4 hours, 26 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
20 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 55 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DTW Detroit, MI 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
90%
United
73%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

Detroit to San Francisco
5 hours, 6 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
4h 26m
United
4h 27m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

34

Distance

2079 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND050100150

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0246

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
28
United
7

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 235 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Detroit 7 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 Detroit, Delta is 90% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 90% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 90% 10% 0%
United 73% 27% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Detroit, 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)
Delta 20 236 8 266
United 24 235 7 267

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
6am 0.16
7am 0.84
9am 0.36
10am 0.51
11am 1.42
1pm 0.73
10pm 0.7
11pm 0.11

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Detroit 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 129
February 119
March 141
April 143
May 148
June 141
July 176
August 177
September 157
October 161
November 149
December 148

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Detroit 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 5.2
Tuesday 4.8
Wednesday 4.8
Thursday 5.3
Friday 5.3
Saturday 3.9
Sunday 5.1

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
Delta 28
United 7

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)
6am 20 243 7 273
7am 18 236 8 263
9am 18 237 8 266
10am 19 236 7 266
11am 24 236 7 269
1pm 20 234 8 264
10pm 21 233 8 264
11pm 20 238 8 263
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.