The cheapest times to fly from SAN to OAK are

  • August 6th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, December 10th, and December 17th)

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 OAK is early December. Prices can be as high as $861 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $159 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Oakland

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Oakland, CA (OAK) will usually cost between $164 to $537 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $175. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $546. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $371 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $243 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to OAK flight.

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

SAN to OAK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to OAK flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.34, which is in the normal range for a flight.


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 $161 (42%) 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 $210. Return trip prices are from the OAK 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 OAK can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 47 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 SAN to OAK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in Sacramento, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 51.13% less expensive than OAK
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SMF flights

Destination alternative #2: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 29 miles (47 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 48.66% less expensive than OAK
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SJC flights

Destination alternative #3: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 11 miles (18 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 41.44% less expensive than OAK
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SFO flights

Destination alternative #4: Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) in Stockton, CA

  • 55 miles (89 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 3.71% less expensive than OAK
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SCK flights

Destination alternative #5: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in Monterey, CA

  • 81 miles (130 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 0.72% less expensive than OAK
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to MRY flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 446 miles or 718 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to OAK flight is about 1 hour 47 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from SAN to OAK.


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 OAK
Destination airport name Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
City Oakland, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.7
Longitude -122.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SAN to OAK tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 30% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 12% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave OAK heading for SAN about 7 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Oakland, CA is about 1 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 7 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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