The cheapest times to fly from SFO to KOA are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 6th to December 16th (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 SFO to KOA is late September. Prices can be as high as $1225 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $355 for Wednesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to Kailua-Kona

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Kona, HI (KOA) will usually cost between $357 to $721 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $381. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $828. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $447 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $531 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to KOA flight.

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

SFO to KOA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to KOA flight is 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 $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. 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 $114 (19%) 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 $488. Return trip prices are from the KOA 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 KOA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 14 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 KOA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kahului Airport (OGG) in Kahului, HI

  • 84 miles (135 km) away from KOA
  • Usually 8.01% less expensive than KOA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to OGG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian, Mokulele Airlines, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2366 miles or 3808 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to KOA flight is about 5 hour 14 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Kona, HI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 85 available flights from SFO to KOA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSFO
Origination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeKOA
Destination airport nameEllison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport
CityKona, HI
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SFO to KOA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 23% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave KOA heading for SFO about 7 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Kona, HI is about 1 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • United: 8 minutes late
  • Alaska: on time
  • Some airlines not reporting


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