The cheapest times to fly from DEN to SFO are
- January 1st to March 4th (except the week of February 5th)
- April 23rd to May 6th
- August 6th to November 18th
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 DEN to SFO is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $676 for Sunday flights during mid May, or as low as $144 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.
When to Fly to San Francisco
Flying from Denver, CO (DEN) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $156 to $366 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $153. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $362. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $209 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $247 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DEN to SFO flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DEN to SFO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the DEN to SFO flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Denver. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays 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 $74 (26%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $215. Return trip prices are from the SFO to DEN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from DEN to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 43 minutes may be realistic.
Alternative Nearby Airports
Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DEN to SFO while comparing.
- 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
- Usually 3.04% less expensive than SFO
- Nonstop flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from DEN to SFO? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Qantas, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Denver International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 965 miles or 1553 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from DEN to SFO?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop DEN to SFO flight is about 2 hour 43 minutes.
How many flights go between Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 57 available flights from DEN to SFO.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Denver International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||San Francisco International Airport|
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from DEN to SFO tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 49% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 10% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for DEN about 27 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 21 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Southwest: 25 minutes late
- United: 28 minutes late
- Frontier: 28 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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