The flight time from San Francisco to Washington is 4 hours, 57 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SFO San Francisco, CA 2 minutes early.
21 minutes taxiing out
4 hours, 29 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives IAD Washington, DC 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Virgin America

Reverse Journey

Washington to San Francisco
5 hours, 49 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Virgin America
4h 56m
4h 57m
5h 8m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



2419 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 21 minutes
In the Air 269 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Washington 7 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 Washington, Virgin America is 81% reliable, which means that Virgin America flights are on time 81% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 87% 13% 0%
Virgin America 81% 18% 1%
Alaska 73% 27% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Francisco and Washington, 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 18 271 5 296
United 22 268 5 297
Alaska 20 281 5 308

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
7am 1.22
8am 1.13
9am 1.69
10am 0.26
11am 0.73
12pm 0.88
1pm 1.09
2pm 0.59
3pm 0.54
4pm 0.73
9pm 0.81
10pm 0.93
11pm 1.16

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Washington 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 310
February 273
March 325
April 319
May 377
June 401
July 411
August 423
September 382
October 406
November 348
December 361

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Francisco to Washington 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 12.3
Tuesday 12.3
Wednesday 12.2
Thursday 12.6
Friday 12.1
Saturday 9.9
Sunday 12.1

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 61
Virgin America 19
Alaska 4

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
7am 19 266 6 292
8am 20 273 5 299
9am 20 270 6 299
10am 23 273 6 304
11am 29 267 5 301
12pm 23 272 6 302
1pm 24 266 4 297
2pm 20 270 6 297
3pm 18 271 5 296
4pm 20 266 5 294
9pm 18 268 5 292
10pm 23 268 5 298
11pm 21 269 5 297
* Delayed more than 10 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.