The flight time from San Francisco to New York is 5 hours, 25 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.
19 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 56 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives JFK New York, NY 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Reverse Journey

New York to San Francisco
6 hours, 27 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

5h 23m
5h 26m
5h 26m
5h 27m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



2586 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 19 minutes
In the Air 296 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives New York 7 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 New York, JetBlue is 76% reliable, which means that JetBlue flights are on time 76% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 79% 20% 1%
JetBlue 76% 23% 1%
American 76% 22% 2%
Virgin 73% 26% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and New York, 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
JetBlue 18 297 6 323
Delta 21 294 8 326
Virgin 16 297 10 326
American 19 298 7 327

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
6am 1.01
7am 2.74
8am 1.62
9am 0.98
11am 2.59
12pm 0.82
1pm 1.93
2pm 1.12
3pm 2.44
4pm 1.06
8pm 0.45
9pm 1.95
10pm 0.79
11pm 1.94

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to New York 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 653
February 581
March 673
April 652
May 671
June 654
July 672
August 681
September 633
October 669
November 639
December 647

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to New York 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 22.8
Tuesday 21.8
Wednesday 22
Thursday 23.3
Friday 22.3
Saturday 15.6
Sunday 22.6

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
Delta 47
JetBlue 38
Virgin 33
American 32

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
6am 23 294 7 328
7am 16 298 7 325
8am 20 297 8 327
9am 17 298 10 327
11am 24 301 8 335
12pm 20 300 11 335
1pm 18 297 9 327
2pm 19 292 8 321
3pm 16 296 9 324
4pm 18 292 7 318
8pm 15 295 5 316
9pm 17 291 7 317
10pm 20 298 7 327
11pm 18 295 8 324
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.