The cheapest times to fly from SFO to BFL are

  • January 15th to March 4th
  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 31st

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 SFO to BFL is early December. Prices can be as high as $522 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $339 for Saturday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Bakersfield

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Bakersfield, CA (BFL) will usually cost between $339 to $378 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 $339. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $391. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $52 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $352 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to BFL flight.

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

SFO to BFL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to BFL flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.92, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays 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 $15 (4%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $342. Return trip prices are from the BFL to SFO 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 SFO to BFL can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 25 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 SFO to BFL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 61.08% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 123 miles (198 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 44.89% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to LGB flights

Destination alternative #3: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 34.94% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to BUR flights

Destination alternative #4: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 40.91% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to SNA flights

Destination alternative #5: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 126 miles (203 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 33.81% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to ONT flights

Destination alternative #6: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) in Fresno, CA

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from BFL
  • Usually 7.67% less expensive than BFL
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to FAT flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 238 miles or 383 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to BFL flight is about 1 hour 25 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 54 available flights from SFO to BFL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SFO
Origination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

Return Airport

Destination code BFL
Destination airport name Meadows Field Airport
City Bakersfield, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 35.4
Longitude -119.1


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SFO to BFL tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 23% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 52% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave BFL heading for SFO about 28 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Bakersfield, CA is about 22 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 28 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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