The flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 1 hour, 21 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 5 minutes early.
15 minutes taxiing out
56 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 17 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

JetBlue
93%
United
86%
Delta
86%
Alaska
85%
American
82%
Southwest
81%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 1 hour, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 56 minutes.

The flight distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 337 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to San Francisco
1 hour, 15 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

JetBlue
1h 11m
Southwest
1h 12m
Delta
1h 17m
United
1h 23m
Alaska
1h 23m
American
1h 27m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

196

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0102030

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
48
Alaska
48
Delta
35
Southwest
34
American
29
JetBlue
0

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is San Francisco from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles by plane is 337 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 Los Angeles?

The flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 1 hour, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 56 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 1 hour, 11 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 27 minutes.

What airlines fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

American, Delta, Alaska, United, Southwest, and JetBlue are the airlines with direct flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Yes! Southwest does fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX). On average, they have 34 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 56 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 17 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 20 minutes. For example, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Delta is 86% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
JetBlue 93% 0% 7%
Delta 86% 10% 4%
United 86% 8% 6%
Alaska 85% 11% 4%
American 82% 14% 4%
Southwest 81% 7% 12%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Los Angeles, 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)
JetBlue 9 54 5 71
Southwest 10 55 5 72
Delta 13 55 7 77
United 16 55 10 83
Alaska 16 56 10 83
American 17 56 12 87

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
8am 1.89
6pm 1.52
11pm 0.05
12pm 1.96
9am 1.87
10am 1.91
7am 1.86
7pm 1.62
11am 1.49
6am 1.96
9pm 0.88
5am 0.07
2pm 1.57
10pm 0.29
8pm 1.01
4pm 1.36
3pm 1.3
1pm 0.88
5pm 2.87

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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 1315
February 1264
March 1319
April 533
May 291
June 472
July 586
August 644
September 628
October 634
November 1276
December 1279

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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 29.02
Tuesday 28.12
Wednesday 28.04
Thursday 28.33
Friday 29.35
Saturday 26.33
Sunday 27.77

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
Alaska 1
Delta 1
Southwest 1
American 1
JetBlue 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)
8am 14 56 8 79
6pm 16 55 10 83
11pm 16 53 8 80
12pm 16 56 9 82
9am 19 55 11 88
10am 14 56 8 79
7am 15 56 9 83
7pm 14 55 8 79
11am 15 55 8 80
6am 16 55 10 83
9pm 14 55 10 80
5am 12 53 8 74
2pm 16 55 9 82
10pm 18 53 8 79
8pm 19 54 12 88
4pm 15 56 9 81
3pm 14 56 8 79
1pm 11 57 7 75
5pm 13 56 7 77
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.