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The cheapest times to fly from DTW to SFO are

  • January 8th to February 25th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • May 21st to June 3rd
  • August 13th to November 11th

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 DTW to SFO is early November. Prices can be as high as $890 for Sunday flights during late November to early December, or as low as $303 for Tuesday flights around early November.

 

When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $348 to $532 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 $361. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late November to early December, with an average price of $502. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $141 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $405 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to SFO flight.

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

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DTW to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to SFO flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, 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 $88 (19%) 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 $380. Return trip prices are from the SFO to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 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 DTW to SFO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in Sacramento, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 21.88% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to SMF flights

Destination alternative #2: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 7.05% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to SJC flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Europa, Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2073 miles or 3336 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to SFO flight is about 4 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 69 available flights from DTW to SFO.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeDTW
Origination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States
Latitude42.2
Longitude-83.4

Return Airport

Destination codeSFO
Destination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude37.6
Longitude-122.4

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to SFO tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 35% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 3% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for DTW about 16 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 6 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 15 minutes late
  • United: 18 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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