The flight time from San Francisco to Phoenix is 1 hour, 51 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 5 minutes early.
12 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 32 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives PHX Phoenix, AZ 16 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
97%
Southwest
95%
American
95%
Alaska
95%
Frontier
94%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from San Francisco to Phoenix is 1 hour, 51 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 32 minutes.

The flight distance from San Francisco to Phoenix is 651 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Phoenix to San Francisco
1 hour, 58 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 45m
United
1h 51m
Alaska
1h 53m
Frontier
1h 53m
American
1h 55m
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 ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.20.40.60.81.0

Flights Per Week

55

Distance

651 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun02468

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Southwest
16
United
15
American
15
Alaska
6
Frontier
1

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is San Francisco from Phoenix by plane?

The distance from San Francisco to Phoenix by plane is 651 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 Phoenix?

The flight time from San Francisco to Phoenix is 1 hour, 51 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 32 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 45 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 55 minutes.

What airlines fly from San Francisco to Phoenix?

Frontier, Southwest, United, Alaska, and American are the airlines with direct flights from San Francisco to Phoenix.

Does Southwest fly from San Francisco to Phoenix?

Yes! Southwest does fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Phoenix (PHX). On average, they have 16 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 12 minutes
In the Air 92 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Phoenix 16 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 Phoenix, Frontier is 94% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 94% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 97% 3% 0%
American 95% 5% 0%
Southwest 95% 4% 1%
Alaska 95% 3% 2%
Frontier 94% 6% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Phoenix, 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)
Southwest 8 91 5 105
United 14 92 4 111
Alaska 11 95 6 113
Frontier 14 91 7 113
American 13 91 9 115

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
9am 0.31
7pm 0.18
5am 0.1
1pm 0.86
3pm 0.69
12pm 0.07
6pm 0.93
6am 1.04
4pm 0.88
5pm 0.1
10am 0.73
11am 0.48
2pm 0.59
7am 0.35
8am 0.64
8pm 0.01

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Phoenix 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 233
February 207
March 310
April 321
May 330
June 143
July 247
August 204
September 199
October 241
November 236
December 251

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Phoenix 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 8.6
Tuesday 6.91
Wednesday 7.28
Thursday 8.04
Friday 8.51
Saturday 7.47
Sunday 8.32

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
Southwest 0
United 0
American 0
Alaska 0
Frontier 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)
9am 11 91 5 108
7pm 12 93 5 111
5am 8 87 5 101
1pm 13 93 6 111
3pm 10 95 6 111
12pm 7 96 5 108
6pm 13 93 5 112
6am 13 89 11 116
4pm 12 92 9 114
5pm 9 94 4 107
10am 10 91 5 107
11am 12 93 4 110
2pm 9 94 5 109
7am 8 91 5 105
8am 14 90 3 109
8pm 6 91 3 101
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.