The flight time from San Francisco to Honolulu is 5 hours, 24 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute late.
20 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 57 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives HNL Honolulu, HI 1 minute early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
100%
Alaska
81%
United
79%
Hawaiian
77%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from San Francisco to Honolulu is 5 hours, 24 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 57 minutes.

The flight distance from San Francisco to Honolulu is 2398 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Honolulu to San Francisco
4 hours, 58 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
5h 21m
Delta
5h 23m
Alaska
5h 35m
Hawaiian
5h 36m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

48

Distance

2398 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun02468

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
33
Hawaiian
7
Alaska
6
Delta
0

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is San Francisco from Honolulu by plane?

The distance from San Francisco to Honolulu by plane is 2398 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Honolulu?

The flight time from San Francisco to Honolulu is 5 hours, 24 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 57 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 5 hours, 21 minutes, and Hawaiian the slowest taking 5 hours, 36 minutes.

What airlines fly from San Francisco to Honolulu?

Alaska, United, Delta, and Hawaiian are the airlines with direct flights from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Does Southwest fly from San Francisco to Honolulu?

Southwest does not fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 1 minute late
Taxi Out Time 20 minutes
In the Air 297 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Honolulu 1 minute 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 20 minutes. For example, from San Francisco to Honolulu, Alaska is 81% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 81% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 100% 0% 0%
Alaska 81% 19% 0%
United 79% 21% 0%
Hawaiian 77% 22% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Honolulu, 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)
United 20 293 5 321
Delta 16 297 7 323
Alaska 21 303 5 335
Hawaiian 18 306 6 336

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
2pm 0.86
7pm 0.59
1pm 0.15
7am 0.21
6pm 0.6
12pm 0.29
4pm 0.86
9am 1.43
10am 0.49
8am 1.02
11am 0.13
5pm 0.21

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Honolulu 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 178
February 160
March 210
April 208
May 190
June 207
July 217
August 223
September 215
October 221
November 214
December 254

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Honolulu 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 6.79
Tuesday 6.52
Wednesday 6.71
Thursday 6.67
Friday 6.83
Saturday 7.85
Sunday 6.65

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 1
Hawaiian 0
Alaska 0
Delta 0

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)
2pm 20 286 4 313
7pm 19 295 5 322
1pm 20 290 4 316
7am 18 307 4 332
6pm 18 301 5 324
12pm 21 293 4 322
4pm 19 290 5 318
9am 21 299 5 329
10am 22 306 5 338
8am 21 301 5 330
11am 23 297 5 329
5pm 19 301 5 326
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.