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Travel to San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most attractive towns on the West Coast because of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, a beautiful waterfront, and a thriving downtown. can help you book a cheap flight to San Francisco and save you time and money on your whole vacation.

Arriving in San Francisco

Flights into San Francisco land at San Francisco International Airport, located at South San Francisco on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. With over 15 restaurants and many small shops around the terminals, you are sure to find the food you like and buy some souvenirs to help you remember your vacation. San Francisco's BART rapid rail service provides the fastest mode of public transportation to get from the airport to downtown, but it will cost you $8.25 for a one-way ticket. Travelers can also take the SamTrans bus, which costs $2 for a one-way trip or $6 for an all-day pass.

Exploring San Francisco

Once you arrive in San Francisco, you can see the West Coast's most iconic bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge. From the bridge, you can see the old Alcatraz prison, which is no longer in use for prisoners. However, you can still take tours of the facility. For a good view of the city, head to the Twin Peaks and see the city from above. The Land's End trails are perfect for those who like to get out and do some hiking. Because of the coastal climate, the weather stays fairly moderate, dropping down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and averaging between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months.

Visit the Beautiful San Francisco

San Francisco offers gorgeous views and a vast array of exciting activities that allow you to get outside and enjoy the city and its landmarks. Let help you book cheap flights to San Francisco, as well as find deals on hotel rooms and car rentals.

San Francisco When to Go

San Francisco’s climate is mild year-round, so you can forget about packing wool underwear and parkas—or shorts and tank tops, for that matter. Though daytime temperatures rarely rise above 75 or drop below 55, there are still definite seasons.

The months of May, September, and October have less fog and, locals contend, the best weather. You may want to time your trip to coincide with one of San Francisco’s popular annual events, like the wacky Bay to Breakers seven-mile cross-town run/walk each May. The Mission District holds Carnaval in late May as well. 

Summer is notoriously cool, with fog and chilly breezes sweeping across the city from the Pacific Ocean, although parts of San Francisco known as “the sunbelt”—the Mission District, for one—often remain balmy. Summer is also peak tourist season, when getting a seat on a cable car without an hours-long wait or nabbing a ticket for an Alcatraz tour can be near impossible. Late June’s LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is one of the biggest in the country.

December, January, and February are the coldest and wettest months, though February does bring the colorful Chinese New Year’s Parade.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to San Francisco?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor contains everything from up-to-date info on travel advice reports to the latest quarantine requirements. Be sure to check it out before locking in your plane trip to San Francisco.
If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
You’ll find all the necessary info regarding COVID-19, flight changes and cancellations on our Customer Service Portal. Before you book your seats, have a read through your preferred carrier’s terms and conditions. This should answer any other questions you may have.
Which airlines fly to San Francisco?
Take your pick of airlines that run services to San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO), the leading airport in the city. Among all that choice, you’re bound to land a rewarding deal. Here are a few of the major international airlines that’ll get you to San Francisco:

  • United Airlines - 487 flights to San Francisco per month
  • Air Canada - 261 flights to San Francisco per month
  • Alaska Airlines - 56 flights to San Francisco per month

What is the best airport to fly to in San Francisco?
Book a ticket to Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) and you’ll be wandering around this wonderful city in no time. This airport is roughly 12 miles southeast of the center of town. But OAK isn’t your only option. San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) is another port of entry to San Francisco, so compare flight prices to score the most rewarding deal.
How much is a flight to San Francisco?
Lots of huge deals were there for the taking this week, with round-trip flights to San Francisco ranging between and . But it was jet-setters departing from () who snapped up the best bargains. One-way tickets to San Francisco fell to just .
How to book the cheapest flight to San Francisco?
Scoring cheap flights to San Francisco is as easy as booking your ticket with Orbitz. But if you’re eager to make sure you’re nabbing the best flight deals around, here are some suggestions to keep your wallet happy:

  • Depending on your departure city, click on the ‘Nearby airports’ function (located under the departure and arrival form fields). At times, alternative departure points offer better priced fares.
  • Also, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ option to compare the prices on days either side of your chosen departure. It’s possible to pick up cheaper flight deals if you’re flexible with your dates.
  • Hit ‘Show options’ to narrow down your search results. You can pick your preferred airline and seating class here. Under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left, you can even specify whether you want to fly in the morning, afternoon or evening.
  • The early bird catches the best deals, so book your tickets the moment you know your travel dates. The cheapest fares sell fast and prices rise as the departure date gets closer.
  • Bundle your flights, hotels and car rentals into a value-for-money package deal. Save your money for things that really excite you, like exploring San Francisco.
  • Don’t fly during the busy season if you can. By avoiding school vacations and summer, you can make amazing savings on your airfares.

How long is a flight to San Francisco?
Where you’re taking off from and if you have a stopover will help determine your flight time. However, these leading routes to San Francisco will offer some insight:

  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.) to San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) - 1 hour and 34 minutes
  • New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.) to San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) - 6 hours and 7 minutes
  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) to San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO) - 1 hour and 56 minutes

What is the best time to book a flight to San Francisco?
Pick up a bargain and book your seats to San Francisco in January. If you’ve missed this month, don’t stress. February and August often have low airfares as well. Be careful not to sleep on a sale — cheap flights emerge and disappear in the click of a button!
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to San Francisco?
Land a fantastic flight deal by booking on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Typically, these are the best days of the week to score cheap tickets to San Francisco.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to San Francisco?
According to Orbitz data from 2020, you should hop on a plane on a Monday to nab cheap flights to San Francisco. Next cheapest day? Tuesday. Saturday will cost the most. So, consider departing early in the week if you want to score a low-priced fare and stretch your travel budget.
What is the cheapest month to fly to San Francisco?
Consider traveling sometime in August if you’re on a tight budget. Orbitz data has found that it’s generally the best month for cheap flights to San Francisco. June is when fares are at their most expensive.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
Flexible travel is more important than ever, that’s why Orbitz lets you search for carriers that won’t penalize you for amending your reservation. Fill out your departure and arrival points, then choose “Filter by flexible change policies.” We’ll show you options that include free cancellation and no change fees.
What do I need for the flight to San Francisco?
Nothing’s more enjoyable than jetting off on vacation, but it pays to be prepared. These handy tips will help get your journey off to an excellent start:

  • Whether you print it out beforehand or use an electronic one, you’ll need your boarding pass to walk on to the plane. You’ll also need some sort of government-issued photo identification. If you’re traveling internationally, make sure your passport is valid and you’ve checked visa requirements.
  • To keep you occupied on the short hop to San Francisco, download some new songs or restock the podcast library on your phone. Food can also be a delicious distraction while in the air, so pack some light snacks.
  • Even if you’re traveling when it’s hot and sticky outside, take a cardigan or sweater on board with you. Cabins are notorious for getting downright cold.

How many direct flights are there to San Francisco?
You can hop aboard one of 361 flights that travel directly to San Francisco each month. Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Delta Air Lines are just a few of the carriers that will take you there comfortably in one stretch. Alaska Airlines, Volaris and Hawaiian Airlines also fly nonstop.
How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to San Francisco?
There are ways of booking business or first-class tickets to San Francisco that won’t burn through your savings. Pick up a seat at the front of the plane for less with these helpful tips:

  • Flexibility is important. By being open to a range of travel dates, you’ll have better odds of picking up a rewarding deal on your airfares.
  • Budget airlines offer business-class seating at a fraction of the usual cost. Skip the full-service carriers and consider these cheaper options.
  • Make a bid for an upgrade. Some airlines hold online auctions that let you offer a price for a seat up the front. You can also try upgrading with points earned through a loyalty program.

How to get into San Francisco from the airport?
Driving is one option. Thrifty Car Rental, Avis and Dollar are three car rental outlets located at Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK). Once you’ve collected an Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK) car rental, you can zoom directly from OAK airport into downtown San Francisco, around 12 miles to the northwest. Alternatively, if you’re planning to book your own set of wheels from the city center, check out our San Francisco car rentals.
What is the best time to go to San Francisco?
Tourists come from all over the place to check out San Francisco in . So if you’d love to experience this fantastic destination in the peak season, this is the best time to go. Like most places in the Northern Hemisphere, summer kicks off June 20 in San Francisco, with average daily temperatures floating between 55undefined and 75undefined.
Travel tips for San Francisco

  • Slip into a pair of comfortable kicks and explore this lively city on foot. There are tons of big-name attractions you have to see, such as Pier 39 and Alcatraz Island.
  • We also recommend checking out the sights a short commute from San Francisco’s center. Head toward Golden Gate Bridge and Stanford University and experience a different side of this outstanding destination.
  • Put your tush in the driver’s seat and find out what else makes San Mateo County a hit. Arrange a car rental with Orbitz and check out the delights of two more must-see cities — Pescadero and San Gregorio.

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