The cheapest times to fly from MEC to SFO are

  • January 15th to June 3rd (except the weeks of February 19th and April 2nd)
  • October 15th to November 25th (except the weeks of October 29th and November 12th)

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 MEC to SFO is late January. Prices can be as high as $2874 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $603 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Manta (MEC) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $648 to $1389 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $649. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1772. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1123 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $911 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MEC to SFO flight.

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

MEC to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MEC to SFO flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Manta. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to San Francisco, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Manta. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $141 (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 $872. Return trip prices are from the SFO to MEC 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 MEC to SFO can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 7 hour 45 minutes may not be realistic.


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

Hack #1: Quito (MEC > UIO > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $727
  • Average savings: $185 (20.25%)

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Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, LATAM, TAME, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3762 miles or 6054 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MEC to SFO flight is about 7 hour 45 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from MEC to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MEC
Origination airport name Eloy Alfaro International Airport
City Manta
Country Ecuador
Latitude -0.9
Longitude -80.7

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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