The cheapest times to fly from IPL to SAN are

  • July 30th 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 IPL to SAN is early November. Prices can be as high as $614 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $318 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from El Centro, CA (IPL) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $326 to $461 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 $348. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $473. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $126 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $386 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IPL to SAN flight.

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

IPL to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IPL to SAN flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from El Centro. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $2.56, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SAN. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to San Diego. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $29 (7%) 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 $354. Return trip prices are from the SAN to IPL flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IPL to SAN can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 9 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from IPL to SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 67.62% less expensive than SAN
  • Nonstop flights available

See IPL to LAX flights


Flight Hacking IPL to SAN

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 IPL to SAN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (IPL > LAX > SAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $304
  • Average savings: $82 (21.24%)

See IPL to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IPL to SAN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Mokulele Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Imperial County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 94 miles or 151 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IPL to SAN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IPL to SAN flight is about 1 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between El Centro, CA and San Diego, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from IPL to SAN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeIPL
Origination airport nameImperial County Airport
CityEl Centro, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSAN
Destination airport nameSan Diego International Airport
CitySan Diego, CA
Countrythe United States


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