The cheapest times to fly from MAD to SFO are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 23rd to May 13th
  • September 24th to December 9th

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 MAD to SFO is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1397 for Wednesday flights during early August, or as low as $417 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Madrid (MAD) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $448 to $1125 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $483. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1274. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $791 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $649 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MAD to SFO flight.

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

MAD to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MAD to SFO flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Madrid. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SFO, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into MAD. Wednesdays 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 $184 (24%) 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 $579. Return trip prices are from the SFO to MAD 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 MAD to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 25 minutes may be realistic.


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

Hack #1: Copenhagen (MAD > CPH > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $495
  • Average savings: $154 (23.75%)

See MAD to LHR flights

Hack #2: London (MAD > LHR > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $500
  • Average savings: $149 (22.9%)

See MAD to CPH flights

Hack #3: Paris (MAD > CDG > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $513
  • Average savings: $136 (20.97%)

See MAD to CDG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 36 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, COPA, Delta, easyJet, Ethiopian, Finnair, French bee, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, LATAM, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air International, Norwegian Air UK, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, Wizz Air, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5797 miles or 9329 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MAD to SFO flight is about 11 hour 25 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 67 available flights from MAD to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MAD
Origination airport name Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport
City Madrid
Country Spain
Latitude 40.5
Longitude -3.6

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4


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