The cheapest times to fly from ZIH to SFO are

  • January 8th to March 25th
  • April 16th to June 10th (except the week of May 28th)
  • October 22nd to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)

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 ZIH to SFO is early November. Prices can be as high as $1021 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $350 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $381 to $771 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $387. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $791. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $404 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $450 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ZIH to SFO flight.

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

ZIH to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ZIH to SFO flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Ixtapa. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, 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. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to San Francisco, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Ixtapa. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $87 (15%) 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 $441. Return trip prices are from the SFO to ZIH 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 ZIH to SFO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 21 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ZIH to SFO

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 ZIH to SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Mexico City (ZIH > MEX > SFO)

  • Price for both tickets: $434
  • Average savings: $17 (3.67%)

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Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromar, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, COPA, Delta, Frontier, InterJet, Singapore Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1875 miles or 3018 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ZIH to SFO flight is about 4 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from ZIH to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ZIH
Origination airport name Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport
City Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Country Mexico
Latitude 17.6
Longitude -101.5

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


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