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

Average Timeline

Leaves SNA Santa Ana, CA 5 minutes early.
14 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 3 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Alaska
82%
United
79%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Santa Ana to San Francisco is 1 hour, 26 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 3 minutes.

The flight distance from Santa Ana to San Francisco is 372 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Santa Ana
1 hour, 29 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
1h 25m
Alaska
1h 26m
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)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

84

Distance

372 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun0510

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
45
Alaska
39

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Santa Ana from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Santa Ana to San Francisco by plane is 372 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Santa Ana to San Francisco?

The flight time from Santa Ana to San Francisco is 1 hour, 26 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 3 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 1 hour, 25 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 1 hour, 26 minutes.

What airlines fly from Santa Ana to San Francisco?

United and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Santa Ana to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 Santa Ana 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 63 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 9 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 Santa Ana to San Francisco, Alaska is 82% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 82% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Alaska 82% 15% 3%
United 79% 19% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Santa Ana and San Francisco, 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)
United 14 62 6 85
Alaska 13 64 5 86

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
8pm 1.31
9am 0.35
3pm 0.94
10am 0.69
6am 0.82
8am 0.73
7am 1.14
7pm 0
9pm 0.14
5pm 0.72
11am 0.99
4pm 1.14
12pm 0.59
2pm 0.56
1pm 0.76
6pm 0.96

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco 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 342
February 318
March 365
April 369
May 383
June 368
July 376
August 402
September 343
October 390
November 389
December 369

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco 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 12.33
Tuesday 12.58
Wednesday 12.31
Thursday 12.21
Friday 12.35
Saturday 12.23
Sunday 10.88

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 1
Alaska 1

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)
8pm 13 65 6 87
9am 14 62 8 88
3pm 13 61 5 80
10am 13 63 5 86
6am 24 62 10 101
8am 15 64 7 90
7am 20 63 7 93
7pm 11 57 4 72
9pm 12 65 7 86
5pm 12 64 4 82
11am 13 62 5 82
4pm 12 62 5 80
12pm 13 64 5 85
2pm 14 64 5 85
1pm 13 64 4 84
6pm 14 63 5 84
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.