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The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SFO are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 24th to March 4th (except the week of February 5th)

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 SFO is late October. Prices can be as high as $380 for Thursday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $102 for Tuesday flights around late October.

 

When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $107 to $153 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $105. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $187. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $82 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $137 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SFO flight.

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

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LAX to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to SFO 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 $0.25, which is below average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays 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 $13 (9%) 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 $124. Return trip prices are from the SFO to LAX 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 LAX to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 35 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 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 21.53% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SJC flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX 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, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 337 miles or 542 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SFO flight is about 1 hour 35 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 52 available flights from LAX to SFO.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeLAX
Origination airport nameLos Angeles International Airport
CityLos Angeles, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude33.9
Longitude-118.4

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 LAX to SFO tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 27% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 29% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for LAX about 9 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 1 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 11 minutes late
  • Delta: 11 minutes late
  • American: 21 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 4 minutes late
  • United: 5 minutes late
  • Alaska: 6 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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