The cheapest times to fly from SFO to MSN are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 6th to November 18th
  • early December

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 MSN is mid August. Prices can be as high as $970 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $322 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Madison

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Madison, WI (MSN) will usually cost between $364 to $598 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $371. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $575. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $203 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $398 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to MSN flight.

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

SFO to MSN Flight Prices

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


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays 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 $141 (27%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $384. Return trip prices are from the MSN 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 MSN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 10 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 MSN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 22.61% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to ORD flights

Destination alternative #2: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 74 miles (119 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 22.11% less expensive than MSN
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to MKE flights

Destination alternative #3: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, IL

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 11.06% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to MDW flights

Destination alternative #4: Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) in Green Bay, WI

  • 111 miles (179 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 2.76% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to GRB flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1768 miles or 2845 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to MSN flight is about 4 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Madison, WI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 134 available flights from SFO to MSN.


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 MSN
Destination airport name Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport
City Madison, WI
Country the United States
Latitude 43.1
Longitude -89.3


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SFO to MSN tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 34% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MSN heading for SFO about 5 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Madison, WI is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 5 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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