The cheapest times to fly from SAN to TAO are

  • January 1st to May 6th
  • October 8th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

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 TAO is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $2162 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $838 for Wednesday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Qingdao

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Qingdao (TAO) will usually cost between $838 to $1608 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $1004. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1529. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $525 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1179 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to TAO flight.

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

SAN to TAO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to TAO 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 $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to TAO, and Monday 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 $477 (32%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $923. Return trip prices are from the TAO 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 TAO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 29 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 TAO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Laishan Airport (YNT) in Yantai

  • 96 miles (154 km) away from TAO
  • Usually 22.10% less expensive than TAO
  • 2-layover flights available

See SAN to YNT flights


Flight Hacking SAN to TAO

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 TAO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Shanghai (SAN > PVG > TAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $816
  • Average savings: $363 (30.76%)

See SAN to PVG flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (SAN > LAX > TAO)

  • Price for both tickets: $832
  • Average savings: $347 (29.4%)

See SAN to LAX flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $859
  • Average savings: $320 (27.11%)

See SAN to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, JAL, Korean Air, Lufthansa, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6391 miles or 10285 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to TAO flight is about 12 hour 29 minutes.

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

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeTAO
Destination airport nameLiuting Airport


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