The cheapest times to fly from PHX to SFO are
- August 6th to November 18th
- December 3rd to February 25th (except the weeks of December 10th and January 1st)
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 PHX to SFO is early November. Prices can be as high as $580 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $192 for Tuesday flights around early November.
When to Fly to San Francisco
Flying from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $192 to $294 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $196. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $299. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $103 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $222 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PHX to SFO flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the PHX to SFO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the PHX to SFO flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Phoenix. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.21, which is below 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 $34 (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 $214. Return trip prices are from the SFO to PHX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from PHX to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 9 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 PHX to SFO while comparing.
- 86 miles (138 km) away from SFO
- Usually 1.69% less expensive than SFO
- Nonstop flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from PHX 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, Qantas, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 650 miles or 1046 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from PHX to SFO?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop PHX to SFO flight is about 2 hour 9 minutes.
How many flights go between Phoenix, AZ and San Francisco, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 51 available flights from PHX to SFO.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||San Francisco International Airport|
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from PHX to SFO tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 37% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 21% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for PHX about 18 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 11 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Southwest: 25 minutes late
- American: 16 minutes late
- SkyWest: 9 minutes late
- United: 17 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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