The flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 1 hour, 31 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.
21 minutes taxiing out
56 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 5 minutes late.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
81%
Delta
76%
United
73%
Virgin
65%
SkyWest
60%
Southwest
56%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin
1h 26m
Southwest
1h 26m
American
1h 28m
Delta
1h 33m
United
1h 34m
SkyWest
1h 38m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

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

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

1 hour, 22 minutes

Flights Per Week

300

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun010203040

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
86
Virgin
66
Southwest
56
SkyWest
48
Delta
32
American
12

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 early
Taxi Out Time 21 minutes
In the Air 56 minutes
Taxiing In 12 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 5 minutes late

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 Los Angeles, Virgin is 65% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 65% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 81% 18% 1%
Delta 76% 24% 0%
United 73% 27% 0%
Virgin 65% 32% 3%
SkyWest 60% 37% 3%
Southwest 56% 33% 11%

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)
Virgin 18 55 10 86
Southwest 20 55 8 86
American 18 55 13 88
Delta 20 56 13 93
United 22 55 14 94
SkyWest 25 57 13 98

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
5am 0.35
6am 3.11
7am 1.85
8am 2.55
9am 3.21
10am 1.68
11am 3.24
12pm 1.72
1pm 2.89
2pm 3.01
3pm 1.68
4pm 3.15
5pm 3.27
6pm 3.25
7pm 2.75
8pm 2.39
9pm 1.54
10pm 0.76
11pm 0.3

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 1215
February 1117
March 1347
April 1271
May 1289
June 1265
July 1243
August 1370
September 1403
October 1398
November 1377
December 1288

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 45.5
Tuesday 45.5
Wednesday 45.7
Thursday 46.5
Friday 46
Saturday 30.6
Sunday 39.8

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 86
Virgin 66
Southwest 56
SkyWest 48
Delta 32
American 12

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)
5am 13 53 10 78
6am 17 55 12 88
7am 23 56 16 100
8am 25 57 14 99
9am 23 56 13 96
10am 24 56 12 95
11am 20 56 12 90
12pm 20 55 13 91
1pm 21 56 11 89
2pm 20 55 11 88
3pm 22 56 12 93
4pm 20 56 12 90
5pm 21 56 10 89
6pm 23 56 11 93
7pm 21 55 13 94
8pm 18 55 11 89
9pm 17 54 14 88
10pm 19 53 9 84
11pm 18 54 10 85
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.