The cheapest times to fly from MEL to SFO are

  • January 22nd to April 1st
  • April 16th to June 24th (except the weeks of April 30th and May 7th)
  • October 8th 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 MEL to SFO is mid October. Prices can be as high as $1686 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $617 for Tuesday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Melbourne (MEL) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $651 to $1344 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $677. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1471. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $794 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $800 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MEL to SFO flight.

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

MEL to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MEL to SFO flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Melbourne. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.06, 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 MEL. Fridays 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 $122 (10%) 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 $823. Return trip prices are from the SFO to MEL 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 MEL to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 8 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 28 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7861 miles or 12651 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MEL to SFO flight is about 15 hour 8 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 88 available flights from MEL to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MEL
Origination airport name Melbourne International Airport
City Melbourne
Country Australia
Latitude -37.7
Longitude 144.8

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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