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The cheapest times to fly from SAN to SFO are

  • January 8th to February 4th
  • February 19th to March 11th
  • May 28th to June 10th
  • August 6th to November 18th (except the week of August 27th)

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 SFO is late October. Prices can be as high as $409 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $137 for Tuesday flights around late October.

 

When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $138 to $196 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $138. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $219. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $81 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $142 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to SFO flight.

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

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SAN to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to SFO 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 $0.2, 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 $14 (9%) 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 $141. Return trip prices are from the SFO to SAN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SAN to SFO 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 SFO while comparing.

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 16.55% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SMF flights

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

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 12.32% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to SJC flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Frontier, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 447 miles or 719 kilometers.

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 56 available flights from SAN to SFO.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSAN
Origination airport nameSan Diego International Airport
CitySan Diego, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude32.7
Longitude-117.2

Return Airport

Destination codeSFO
Destination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude37.6
Longitude-122.4

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SAN to SFO tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 32% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for SAN about 8 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 3 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 10 minutes late
  • United: 7 minutes late
  • Alaska: 8 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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