The flight time from San Francisco to San Diego is 1 hour, 26 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 1 minute early.
14 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 7 minutes in the air
4 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SAN San Diego, CA 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
87%
Virgin
79%
Southwest
77%
SkyWest
75%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Time By Airline ?

Southwest
1h 24m
Virgin
1h 25m
United
1h 27m
SkyWest
1h 35m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0123

Reverse Journey

1 hour, 28 minutes

Flights Per Week

148

Distance

447 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Southwest
50
United
47
Virgin
38
SkyWest
13

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 14 minutes
In the Air 67 minutes
Taxiing In 4 minutes
Arrives San Diego 4 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 San Diego, Southwest is 77% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 77% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 87% 13% 0%
Virgin 79% 20% 1%
Southwest 77% 17% 6%
SkyWest 75% 22% 3%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and San Diego, 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 12 68 3 84
Virgin 11 68 5 85
United 16 66 3 87
SkyWest 20 71 3 95

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 0.16
6am 1.25
7am 1.14
8am 1.28
9am 1.46
10am 1.24
11am 0.94
12pm 2.66
1pm 0.33
2pm 0.25
3pm 1.96
4pm 0.69
5pm 2.48
6pm 0.76
7pm 1.65
8pm 0.87
9pm 1.01
10pm 0.72
11pm 0.25

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to San Diego 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 598
February 585
March 641
April 647
May 664
June 666
July 646
August 720
September 647
October 651
November 634
December 609

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to San Diego 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 22.7
Tuesday 22.2
Wednesday 22.4
Thursday 22.3
Friday 22.1
Saturday 16.3
Sunday 20.2

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 50
United 47
Virgin 38
SkyWest 13

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)
5am 8 69 3 81
6am 13 67 4 84
7am 11 67 5 84
8am 15 69 3 88
9am 14 68 4 87
10am 14 68 4 87
11am 15 67 3 87
12pm 14 67 4 86
1pm 12 67 3 84
2pm 11 65 4 81
3pm 13 68 4 86
4pm 18 69 3 91
5pm 13 68 4 86
6pm 13 67 4 84
7pm 15 67 3 86
8pm 12 67 5 84
9pm 14 67 4 85
10pm 16 65 3 85
11pm 16 64 3 84
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.