The cheapest times to fly from SFO to YCD are

  • January 1st to February 11th
  • July 16th to December 9th (except the week of July 23rd)

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 YCD is late October. Prices can be as high as $676 for Sunday flights during mid April, or as low as $272 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Nanaimo

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Nanaimo (YCD) will usually cost between $289 to $585 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $287. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid April, with an average price of $606. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $318 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $394 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to YCD flight.

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

SFO to YCD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to YCD 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 $0.31, which is in the normal range for a flight.


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 $49 (12%) 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 $378. Return trip prices are from the YCD 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 YCD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 25 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from SFO to YCD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seattle, WA

  • 132 miles (212 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 58.50% less expensive than YCD
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to SEA flights

Destination alternative #2: Snohomish County Airport (PAE) in Everett, WA

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 53.55% less expensive than YCD
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to PAE flights

Destination alternative #3: Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver

  • 33 miles (53 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 23.98% less expensive than YCD
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to YVR flights

Destination alternative #4: Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Bellingham, WA

  • 63 miles (101 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 19.29% less expensive than YCD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to BLI flights

Destination alternative #5: Victoria International Airport (YYJ) in Victoria

  • 35 miles (56 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 13.45% less expensive than YCD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to YYJ flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 793 miles or 1276 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to YCD flight is about 2 hour 25 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 56 available flights from SFO to YCD.


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 YCD
Destination airport name Nanaimo Airport
City Nanaimo
Country Canada
Latitude 49.1
Longitude -123.9


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