The cheapest times to fly from SFO to MAD are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 23rd to May 13th
  • September 24th to December 9th

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 MAD is late January. Prices can be as high as $1075 for Wednesday flights during mid December, or as low as $425 for Thursday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Madrid

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) will usually cost between $454 to $943 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $534. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $877. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $343 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $670 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to MAD flight.

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

SFO to MAD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to MAD flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MAD, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. Wednesdays 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 $184 (24%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $589. Return trip prices are from the MAD 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 MAD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 25 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking SFO to MAD

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 SFO to MAD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: London (SFO > LGW > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $499
  • Average savings: $171 (25.52%)

See SFO to LGW flights

Hack #2: London (SFO > LHR > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $513
  • Average savings: $157 (23.43%)

See SFO to LHR flights

Hack #3: Paris (SFO > CDG > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $590
  • Average savings: $81 (12.01%)

See SFO to CDG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 36 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air Baltic, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, COPA, Delta, easyJet, Finnair, French bee, Iberia, Icelandair, Jet2, KLM, LATAM, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air UK, SAS, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, Wizz Air, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5797 miles or 9329 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to MAD flight is about 11 hour 25 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 80 available flights from SFO to MAD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeMAD
Destination airport nameAdolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport


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