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
11 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 4 minutes late.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to San Francisco
1 hour, 22 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 26m
1h 26m
1h 27m
1h 32m
1h 34m
1h 37m
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 ?


Flights Per Week



337 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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 11 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 4 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, American is 86% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 86% 14% 0%
Delta 76% 24% 0%
United 75% 25% 0%
Virgin 66% 31% 3%
SkyWest 63% 34% 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
American 17 55 13 86
Southwest 21 55 8 86
Virgin 18 56 10 87
Delta 20 56 11 92
United 22 56 14 94
SkyWest 24 57 12 97

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 0.32
6am 3.06
7am 1.96
8am 2.62
9am 3.24
10am 1.91
11am 3.12
12pm 1.66
1pm 2.91
2pm 2.79
3pm 1.87
4pm 2.94
5pm 3.32
6pm 3.07
7pm 2.66
8pm 2.42
9pm 1.33
10pm 0.75
11pm 0.31

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 1310
October 1332
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 45.4
Tuesday 46.1
Wednesday 45.1
Thursday 45
Friday 45.5
Saturday 30.2
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 67
Southwest 55
SkyWest 55
Delta 29
American 5

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
In the Air
Taxi In
5am 12 55 11 80
6am 19 56 11 89
7am 24 57 14 100
8am 25 57 14 100
9am 24 56 13 96
10am 23 57 11 93
11am 20 56 11 89
12pm 21 56 12 90
1pm 21 56 11 89
2pm 20 56 11 88
3pm 22 56 11 92
4pm 20 56 11 89
5pm 22 56 10 90
6pm 23 56 11 92
7pm 21 56 13 94
8pm 19 55 11 90
9pm 18 54 14 89
10pm 21 53 9 86
11pm 19 54 9 85
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.