The flight time from Seattle to San Francisco is 2 hours, 7 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SEA Seattle, WA 2 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 40 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SFO San Francisco, CA 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
81%
Alaska
76%
Delta
74%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Seattle to San Francisco is 2 hours, 7 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 40 minutes.

The flight distance from Seattle to San Francisco is 679 Miles.

Reverse Journey

San Francisco to Seattle
2 hours, 11 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
2h 5m
United
2h 7m
Alaska
2h 8m
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 ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

192

Distance

679 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01020

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Alaska
88
United
57
Delta
46

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Seattle from San Francisco by plane?

The distance from Seattle to San Francisco by plane is 679 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Seattle to San Francisco?

The flight time from Seattle to San Francisco is 2 hours, 7 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 40 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 2 hours, 5 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 2 hours, 8 minutes.

What airlines fly from Seattle to San Francisco?

United, Alaska, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Seattle to San Francisco.

Does Southwest fly from Seattle to San Francisco?

Southwest does not fly from Seattle (SEA) 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 Seattle 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 100 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives San Francisco 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 20 minutes. For example, from Seattle to San Francisco, Alaska is 76% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 76% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 81% 18% 1%
Alaska 76% 21% 3%
Delta 74% 25% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Seattle 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)
Delta 18 100 5 125
United 19 99 6 127
Alaska 20 100 5 128

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
6pm 1.12
6am 2.15
7pm 1.93
10am 1.07
12pm 1.08
9am 2.38
7am 2.55
1pm 2.21
10pm 0.15
8pm 0.86
5pm 2.71
5am 0.36
2pm 1.16
9pm 1.75
8am 0.43
4pm 1.27
3pm 1.76
11am 2.03

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle 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 852
February 754
March 777
April 751
May 812
June 866
July 907
August 1131
September 750
October 847
November 788
December 783

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle 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 28.75
Tuesday 28.62
Wednesday 27.88
Thursday 28.62
Friday 28.56
Saturday 24.52
Sunday 25.71

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 2
United 1
Delta 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)
6pm 17 100 5 124
6am 17 100 6 127
7pm 17 99 6 124
10am 23 101 5 133
12pm 22 100 5 129
9am 21 100 6 130
7am 21 100 6 132
1pm 19 100 5 126
10pm 16 100 7 126
8pm 17 99 6 125
5pm 18 99 5 123
5am 13 103 6 125
2pm 18 100 4 124
9pm 19 99 5 125
8am 28 101 5 142
4pm 19 99 5 124
3pm 19 100 5 126
11am 22 99 5 129
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.