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The cheapest times to fly from SNA to SFO are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 18th

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 SNA to SFO is early September. Prices can be as high as $524 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $102 for Tuesday flights around early September.

 

When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $107 to $253 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $121. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $268. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $148 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $217 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to SFO flight.

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

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SNA to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to SFO flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.36, which is a bit above 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 $50 (23%) 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 $172. Return trip prices are from the SFO to SNA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SNA to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 39 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 SNA to SFO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SFO
  • Usually 32.03% less expensive than SFO
  • Nonstop flights available

See SNA to SJC flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 372 miles or 599 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to SFO flight is about 1 hour 39 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Ana, CA and San Francisco, CA?

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

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination code SNA
Origination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SNA to SFO tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 18% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 52% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SFO heading for SNA about 2 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Francisco, CA is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 1 minutes early
  • United: 4 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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