The flight time from San Francisco to Newark is 5 hours, 20 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.
22 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 46 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives EWR Newark, NJ 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
75%
Alaska
72%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from San Francisco to Newark is 5 hours, 20 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 46 minutes.

The flight distance from San Francisco to Newark is 2565 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Newark to San Francisco
6 hours, 14 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
5h 19m
Alaska
5h 25m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h4h5h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

111

Distance

2565 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun051015

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
90
Alaska
20

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is San Francisco from Newark by plane?

The distance from San Francisco to Newark by plane is 2565 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Newark?

The flight time from San Francisco to Newark is 5 hours, 20 minutes. The time spent in the air is 4 hours, 46 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 5 hours, 19 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 5 hours, 25 minutes.

What airlines fly from San Francisco to Newark?

United and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from San Francisco to Newark.

Does Southwest fly from San Francisco to Newark?

Southwest does not fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Newark (EWR). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 22 minutes
In the Air 286 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Newark 3 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 20 minutes. For example, from San Francisco to Newark, Alaska is 72% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 72% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 75% 24% 1%
Alaska 72% 27% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Newark, 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)
United 23 285 9 319
Alaska 21 293 8 325

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
10pm 0.87
0am 0.42
1pm 0.98
3pm 0.73
12pm 0.86
10am 1.18
5pm 0.64
9pm 1.28
8pm 0
8am 0.85
7am 1.93
2pm 0.65
11am 0.97
11pm 1.58
4pm 0.87
9am 1.13
6am 0.65
6pm 0.13

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Newark 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 409
February 362
March 450
April 479
May 527
June 505
July 538
August 521
September 482
October 517
November 500
December 498

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Newark 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 16.54
Tuesday 16.08
Wednesday 16
Thursday 16.87
Friday 16.65
Saturday 13.35
Sunday 15.83

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 2
Alaska 0

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)
10pm 23 275 8 307
0am 17 289 11 319
1pm 25 290 9 327
3pm 21 286 8 317
12pm 25 289 10 328
10am 24 290 10 330
5pm 19 283 7 311
9pm 20 284 7 312
8pm 25 264 5 294
8am 24 282 9 319
7am 19 292 8 322
2pm 21 286 8 317
11am 30 289 10 333
11pm 23 281 8 315
4pm 22 284 7 315
9am 25 290 11 330
6am 22 292 8 326
6pm 20 279 6 305
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.