The cheapest times to fly from KIJ to SFO are

  • January 8th to February 25th
  • March 26th to April 22nd
  • May 7th to July 1st
  • November 5th to November 25th

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 KIJ to SFO is mid February. Prices can be as high as $2262 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $1302 for Tuesday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Niigata (KIJ) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $1302 to $1816 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid February with an average ticket price of $1355. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1934. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $579 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1396 can be considered a good price for a round-trip KIJ to SFO flight.

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

KIJ to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the KIJ to SFO flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Niigata. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SFO, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into KIJ. 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 $214 (13%) 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 $1343. Return trip prices are from the SFO to KIJ 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 KIJ 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 10 hour 8 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 KIJ to SFO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 0.29% less expensive than SFO
  • 1-layover flights available

See KIJ to SJC flights


Flight Hacking KIJ 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 KIJ to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Osaka (KIJ > KIX > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1011
  • Average savings: $386 (27.61%)

See KIJ to NRT flights

Hack #2: Tokyo (KIJ > NRT > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1063
  • Average savings: $333 (23.85%)

See KIJ to KIX flights

Hack #3: Shanghai (KIJ > PVG > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $1120
  • Average savings: $276 (19.77%)

See KIJ to PVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: American, ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Hawaiian, JAL, Korean Air, THAI, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5081 miles or 8177 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop KIJ to SFO flight is about 10 hour 8 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 8 available flights from KIJ to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeKIJ
Origination airport nameNiigata Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeSFO
Destination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States


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