The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SAN are

  • April 23rd to July 22nd (except the week of June 18th)
  • October 8th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 4th (except the weeks of December 10th and December 17th)

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 LAX to SAN is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $249 for Sunday flights during mid March, or as low as $139 for Tuesday flights around late May to early June.


When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $153 to $213 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $147. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $202. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $56 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $179 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SAN flight.

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

LAX to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to SAN flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.02, which is above 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 $28 (14%) 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 $165. Return trip prices are from the SAN to LAX 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 LAX to SAN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 11 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 LAX to SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Imperial County Airport (IPL) in El Centro, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 30.17% less expensive than SAN
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to IPL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 109 miles or 175 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SAN flight is about 1 hour 11 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and San Diego, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from LAX to SAN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code SAN
Destination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to SAN tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 22% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 38% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SAN heading for LAX about 13 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Diego, CA is about 12 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 17 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 13 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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