The flight time from San Francisco to San Diego is 1 hour, 28 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 8 minutes in the air
3 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SAN San Diego, CA 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

San Diego to San Francisco
1 hour, 29 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 26m
Virgin America
1h 28m
1h 29m
1h 29m
1h 38m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



447 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Virgin America

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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 68 minutes
Taxiing In 3 minutes
Arrives San Diego 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 10 minutes. For example, from San Francisco to San Diego, Southwest is 70% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 70% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 87% 13% 0%
SkyWest 82% 15% 3%
Virgin America 78% 20% 2%
Alaska 77% 18% 5%
Southwest 70% 24% 6%

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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 15 68 3 86
Virgin America 15 68 4 88
United 18 67 3 89
Alaska 17 68 3 89
SkyWest 22 72 3 98

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 1.47
7am 1.18
8am 1.12
9am 1.91
10am 0.88
11am 0.82
12pm 2.11
1pm 0.93
2pm 0.81
3pm 1.79
4pm 0.97
5pm 2.06
6pm 0.83
7pm 1.44
8pm 1.42
9pm 0.69
10pm 0.78

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 620
February 572
March 645
April 634
May 653
June 635
July 653
August 708
September 647
October 659
November 659
December 659

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 22.6
Tuesday 21.9
Wednesday 21.8
Thursday 22.7
Friday 22.6
Saturday 17.5
Sunday 19.8

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 58
Southwest 50
Virgin America 32
Alaska 6
SkyWest 3

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 18 67 3 90
7am 15 68 3 88
8am 17 69 3 90
9am 17 68 3 90
10am 17 68 3 89
11am 18 67 3 89
12pm 16 68 3 87
1pm 17 68 3 88
2pm 17 68 3 89
3pm 15 68 3 87
4pm 18 68 3 90
5pm 15 68 3 86
6pm 16 68 3 87
7pm 15 67 3 86
8pm 16 68 3 88
9pm 16 68 3 88
10pm 18 66 3 89
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.