The cheapest times to fly from SWA to SFO are

  • January 29th to March 25th
  • August 20th to December 31st (except the week of December 10th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SWA to SFO is mid November. Prices can be as high as $1980 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $485 for Monday flights around mid November.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Shantou (SWA) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $534 to $1451 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid November with an average ticket price of $574. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1492. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $918 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $821 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SWA to SFO flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SWA to SFO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SWA to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SWA to SFO flight is cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Shantou. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $117 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $817. Return trip prices are from the SFO to SWA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SWA to SFO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 6 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SWA to SFO? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, American, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Shanghai Airlines, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Waisha Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6734 miles or 10837 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SWA to SFO?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SWA to SFO flight is about 13 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Shantou and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from SWA to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SWA
Origination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4


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