The flight time from San Francisco to Philadelphia is 5 hours, 16 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 3 minutes early.
22 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 46 minutes in the air
6 minutes taxiing in
Arrives PHL Philadelphia, PA 5 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America
88%
American
83%
United
77%
Alaska
69%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Reverse Journey

Philadelphia to San Francisco
6 hours, 11 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin America
5h 15m
American
5h 16m
United
5h 18m
Alaska
5h 21m
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)

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Flights Per Week

49

Distance

2521 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun02468

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
29
United
15
Virgin America
4
Alaska
1

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 22 minutes
In the Air 286 minutes
Taxiing In 6 minutes
Arrives Philadelphia 5 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 Philadelphia, Virgin America is 88% reliable, which means that Virgin America flights are on time 88% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Virgin America 88% 9% 3%
American 83% 16% 1%
United 77% 22% 1%
Alaska 69% 31% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Philadelphia, 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 America 21 282 8 315
American 22 286 6 316
United 24 285 7 318
Alaska 17 290 8 321

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
0am 0.47
6am 0.67
8am 1.26
9am 0.12
10am 0.34
11am 0.93
1pm 0.32
2pm 0.25
10pm 2.39

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Philadelphia 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 188
February 157
March 159
April 209
May 231
June 201
July 205
August 225
September 249
October 266
November 223
December 231

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Philadelphia 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 7.3
Tuesday 7.2
Wednesday 6.8
Thursday 7.3
Friday 7.2
Saturday 6.3
Sunday 6.9

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
American 29
United 15
Virgin America 4
Alaska 1

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)
0am 15 286 6 309
6am 23 289 7 320
8am 22 285 7 315
9am 22 290 5 322
10am 19 288 8 321
11am 26 287 6 322
1pm 22 286 7 317
2pm 19 277 6 303
10pm 24 285 6 318
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.