The cheapest times to fly from SAN to CAN are

  • January 15th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 6th to December 16th

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 SAN to CAN is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $2367 for Saturday flights during early May, or as low as $565 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Guangzhou

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Guangzhou (CAN) will usually cost between $568 to $1635 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $583. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early May, with an average price of $1832. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1249 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1094 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to CAN flight.

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

SAN to CAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to CAN flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CAN, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into SAN. Saturdays 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 $116 (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 $1027. Return trip prices are from the CAN to SAN 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 SAN to CAN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 14 hour 10 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from SAN to CAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in Hong Kong

  • 84 miles (135 km) away from CAN
  • Usually 44.17% less expensive than CAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to HKG flights

Destination alternative #2: Bao’an International Airport (SZX) in Shenzhen

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from CAN
  • Usually 9.69% less expensive than CAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to SZX flights


Flight Hacking SAN to CAN

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 SAN to CAN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SAN > LAX > CAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $783
  • Average savings: $311 (28.44%)

See SAN to LAX flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (SAN > SEA > CAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $861
  • Average savings: $233 (21.26%)

See SAN to SEA flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (SAN > SFO > CAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $884
  • Average savings: $210 (19.2%)

See SAN to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SAN to CAN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 40 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Condor, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan, Iberia, Icelandair, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, LOT, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, SAS, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Baiyun International Airport to San Diego International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7326 miles or 11790 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SAN to CAN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to CAN flight is about 14 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between San Diego, CA and Guangzhou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 82 available flights from SAN to CAN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSAN
Origination airport nameSan Diego International Airport
CitySan Diego, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCAN
Destination airport nameBaiyun International Airport


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