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 3 minutes early.
21 minutes taxiing out
56 minutes in the air
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
84%
Delta
83%
SkyWest
80%
Virgin America
77%
Southwest
64%
Alaska
61%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to San Francisco
1 hour, 22 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 26m
Delta
1h 29m
Virgin America
1h 31m
SkyWest
1h 32m
United
1h 34m
Alaska
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

Flights Per Week

291

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun010203040

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
85
Virgin America
59
Southwest
57
SkyWest
49
Delta
29
Alaska
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 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 21 minutes
In the Air 56 minutes
Taxiing In 11 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 2 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 Los Angeles, Southwest is 64% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 64% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 84% 16% 0%
Delta 83% 17% 0%
SkyWest 80% 19% 1%
Virgin America 77% 21% 2%
Southwest 64% 28% 8%
Alaska 61% 36% 3%

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)
Southwest 21 56 7 86
Delta 20 57 9 89
Virgin America 19 56 13 91
SkyWest 22 58 9 92
United 22 56 13 94
Alaska 26 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 0.38
6am 3.38
7am 2.33
8am 2.7
9am 3.28
10am 1.77
11am 2.76
12pm 2.37
1pm 2.43
2pm 2.68
3pm 1.5
4pm 3.16
5pm 2.69
6pm 2.7
7pm 2.44
8pm 2.66
9pm 1.28
10pm 0.91

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 1234
February 1177
March 1218
April 1231
May 1283
June 1265
July 1243
August 1370
September 1310
October 1332
November 1253
December 1231

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 44.7
Tuesday 43.6
Wednesday 43.7
Thursday 45
Friday 44.1
Saturday 30.8
Sunday 39.4

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 85
Virgin America 59
Southwest 57
SkyWest 49
Delta 29
Alaska 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 55 12 84
6am 21 56 11 91
7am 24 57 13 98
8am 24 57 13 96
9am 23 57 13 95
10am 20 56 10 88
11am 20 56 11 89
12pm 19 56 9 87
1pm 22 56 10 90
2pm 20 56 10 88
3pm 21 56 9 90
4pm 20 56 10 88
5pm 24 57 10 92
6pm 23 57 10 92
7pm 22 57 11 95
8pm 24 56 14 97
9pm 18 55 16 92
10pm 23 54 9 88
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.