The flight time from San Francisco to Seattle is 2 hours, 6 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 36 minutes in the air
9 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SEA Seattle, WA 1 minute early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Seattle to San Francisco
2 hours, 7 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin America
2h 4m
2h 5m
2h 6m
2h 7m
2h 9m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



679 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 19 minutes
In the Air 96 minutes
Taxiing In 9 minutes
Arrives Seattle 1 minute 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 Seattle, Virgin America is 70% reliable, which means that Virgin America flights are on time 70% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 83% 17% 0%
Delta 79% 21% 0%
Alaska 77% 20% 3%
Virgin America 70% 29% 1%
SkyWest 70% 29% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Seattle, 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
Virgin America 17 95 9 124
Delta 18 96 8 125
Alaska 18 97 9 126
United 20 95 8 127
SkyWest 19 100 8 129

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 0.84
6am 2.02
7am 0.64
8am 1.48
9am 1.27
10am 1.87
11am 1.02
12pm 1.55
1pm 0.64
2pm 2.05
3pm 1.16
4pm 2.25
5pm 1.24
6pm 1.47
7pm 1.77
8pm 1.61
9pm 0.68
10pm 0.95
11pm 0.2

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Seattle 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 745
February 668
March 721
April 691
May 689
June 779
July 880
August 932
September 733
October 722
November 707
December 755

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Seattle 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 26
Tuesday 25.5
Wednesday 25.9
Thursday 26.6
Friday 26
Saturday 20.3
Sunday 23.2

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
Alaska 62
United 59
Virgin America 21
Delta 17
SkyWest 15

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
5am 14 94 9 120
6am 23 99 9 133
7am 18 99 8 126
8am 21 98 10 131
9am 21 97 9 130
10am 19 98 9 131
11am 25 94 9 130
12pm 19 97 8 127
1pm 19 96 9 125
2pm 18 95 8 123
3pm 17 94 8 123
4pm 20 95 8 125
5pm 17 96 9 123
6pm 18 98 8 126
7pm 17 96 9 125
8pm 16 96 9 124
9pm 17 92 8 121
10pm 24 92 6 124
11pm 29 93 5 128
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.