The cheapest times to fly from SFO to MEL are

  • January 29th to March 25th
  • April 9th to May 27th
  • August 6th to September 9th
  • October 22nd to December 2nd

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 MEL is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $2001 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $824 for Thursday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Melbourne

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) will usually cost between $892 to $1532 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $857. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1793. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $936 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1065 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to MEL flight.

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

SFO to MEL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to MEL flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MEL, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. 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 $122 (10%) 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 $1071. Return trip prices are from the MEL 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 MEL can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 8 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking SFO to MEL

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 MEL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Manila (SFO > MNL > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1046
  • Average savings: $19 (1.78%)

See SFO to MNL flights

Hack #2: Hong Kong (SFO > HKG > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1054
  • Average savings: $11 (1.03%)

See SFO to HKG flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 26 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7861 miles or 12651 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to MEL flight is about 15 hour 8 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 81 available flights from SFO to MEL.


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 MEL
Destination airport name Melbourne International Airport
City Melbourne
Country Australia
Latitude -37.7
Longitude 144.8


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