The cheapest times to fly from SAN to FAO are

  • January 1st to April 1st
  • May 7th to July 8th (except the week of June 25th)
  • November 5th 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 SAN to FAO is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $2040 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1002 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Faro

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Faro (FAO) will usually cost between $1051 to $1747 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 $1062. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1714. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $652 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1313 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to FAO flight.

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

SAN to FAO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to FAO flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, 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. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Faro, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to San Diego. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $167 (12%) 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 $1225. Return trip prices are from the FAO 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 FAO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 26 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 FAO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Lisboa Airport (LIS) in Lisbon

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from FAO
  • Usually 21.13% less expensive than FAO
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to LIS flights


Flight Hacking SAN to FAO

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 FAO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (SAN > JFK > FAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $869
  • Average savings: $445 (33.85%)

See SAN to JFK flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (SAN > BOS > FAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $890
  • Average savings: $423 (32.22%)

See SAN to BOS flights

Hack #3: Copenhagen (SAN > CPH > FAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $901
  • Average savings: $412 (31.38%)

See SAN to CPH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5803 miles or 9339 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to FAO flight is about 11 hour 26 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from SAN to FAO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SAN
Origination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2

Return Airport

Destination code FAO
Destination airport name Faro Airport
City Faro
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -8


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