The cheapest times to fly from CTU to SFO are

  • February 5th to March 11th
  • April 2nd to April 22nd
  • 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 CTU to SFO is early November. Prices can be as high as $1453 for Saturday flights during late July, or as low as $430 for Wednesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Chengdu (CTU) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $445 to $1121 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $441. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $1189. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $748 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $693 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CTU to SFO flight.

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

CTU to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CTU to SFO flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Chengdu. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.06, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $153 (19%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $650. Return trip prices are from the SFO to CTU 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 CTU to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 19 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking CTU to SFO

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from CTU to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (CTU > LAX > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $678
  • Average savings: $15 (2.09%)

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Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 35 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air Macau, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, Hainan, Hawaiian, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, United, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6856 miles or 11034 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CTU to SFO flight is about 13 hour 19 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 89 available flights from CTU to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CTU
Origination airport name Shuangliu Airport
City Chengdu
Country China
Latitude 30.6
Longitude 103.9

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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