The flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is 1 hour, 27 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
55 minutes in the air
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 2 minutes late.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
77%
Delta
76%
Virgin
76%
American
75%
SkyWest
70%
Southwest
67%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin
1h 20m
Southwest
1h 21m
American
1h 29m
United
1h 31m
Delta
1h 31m
SkyWest
1h 31m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM01234

Reverse Journey

1 hour, 19 minutes

Flights Per Week

333

Distance

337 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01020304050

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
78
Delta
73
Virgin
67
Southwest
57
American
40
SkyWest
17

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 18 minutes
In the Air 55 minutes
Taxiing In 11 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 2 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 76% reliable, which means that Virgin flights are on time 76% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 77% 22% 1%
Virgin 76% 23% 1%
Delta 76% 23% 1%
American 75% 24% 1%
SkyWest 70% 28% 2%
Southwest 67% 24% 9%

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 15 55 8 80
Southwest 16 55 8 81
American 18 55 13 89
United 19 54 14 91
Delta 18 55 14 91
SkyWest 22 56 12 91

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 0.48
6am 2.34
7am 2.73
8am 2.84
9am 3.15
10am 2.14
11am 3.04
12pm 1.88
1pm 2.96
2pm 3.47
3pm 1.87
4pm 3.55
5pm 3.54
6pm 3.73
7pm 3.32
8pm 3.26
9pm 1.97
10pm 0.98
11pm 0.17

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 1415
February 1375
March 1495
April 1462
May 1486
June 1478
July 1489
August 1594
September 1403
October 1398
November 1377
December 1332

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 50.2
Tuesday 50.7
Wednesday 51.5
Thursday 49.8
Friday 50.2
Saturday 35.1
Sunday 45.4

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 78
Delta 73
Virgin 67
Southwest 57
American 40
SkyWest 17

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 9 76
6am 14 55 12 84
7am 17 55 13 88
8am 17 55 12 88
9am 18 55 12 89
10am 19 56 11 88
11am 18 55 10 86
12pm 19 55 12 88
1pm 18 55 10 85
2pm 19 55 10 87
3pm 18 55 11 86
4pm 19 55 11 88
5pm 17 55 10 84
6pm 21 55 11 89
7pm 21 55 13 93
8pm 17 54 12 87
9pm 17 54 14 87
10pm 16 52 10 80
11pm 16 51 11 80
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.