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Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 5h 34m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from Raleigh-Durham
Flight Price $197
Distance 2,394 miles
Airlines Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines

Good to Know

Low Season:
April
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
June
Most popular time to fly
8%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$296
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$198
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco

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Top Tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $198 or less.
The cheapest flight from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco was found 29 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is April.
Morning departure is around 16% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco take?
An average nonstop flight takes 6h 05m, covering a distance of 2394 miles.
How many flights are there between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco?
There are 192 (nonstop) flights between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco per week, averaging 27 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Alaska Airlines ($197), Frontier ($210) and Delta ($304).
Do I need a passport to fly between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco?
United Airlines (8 times daily), Fiji Airways (4 times daily), Alaska Airlines (3 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco?
For Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Raleigh-Durham, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Sunday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Raleigh
$197
only
$197
Destination
San Francisco
$197
only
$197
Tue, Jan 8
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 05m
Sat, Jan 12
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
4h 55m
Trip: 5 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
ANC
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: I dont like there service.

Cons: Alaska airlines did not provide assistance and I requested to assist to re check in my baggage. I did not receive any assistance to the airlines staff. This is horrible service and not happy to the alaska airlines.

RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The Alaska crew were great even with a full aircraft and some rowdy kids. Everyone got along

RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

PHL
LAX
Good 6.6

Pros: I loved the speedy boarding process and atmospheric lighting aboard the plane and the complimentary coffee.

Cons: Crew was detached and came off unfriendly. Seats hurt to sit in after two hours. A 5 hour plane ride is uncomfortable and hot even with fan on. WiFi too expensive for my budget.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew. Punctuality. Drink Service Frequency.

Cons: Didn’t discover until mid air that app needed to watch in flight entertainment via phone/laptop had to be downloaded before take off. Also would have appreciated staff asking the family of 10 (7 small children, 3 adults) to be more courteous of surrounding patrons

Sun, Dec 9
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
19h 14m
Wed, Dec 12
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
12h 14m
Trip: 4 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 36,378 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.6
Food
4.7
ATL
MIA
Okay 5.6

Pros: I got what I paid for & that's all I expected .....

ONT
MCO
Okay 4.6

Pros: Non stop

Cons: Seats suck

DEN
TUS
Okay 5.0

Pros: The crew was kind

Cons: There were only 2 employees to check bags so that took an hour.

AUS
SJC
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: First flight of the day delayed with no notice Horrible Customer service Frontier is the worst!

DEN
DCA
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything, it was a flight

Fri, Mar 1
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
8h 28m
Tue, Mar 5
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
9h 14m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 21,832 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.4
SHV
ATL
Good 7.0

Pros: Basic flight... likedthe tomato juice and snack mix

Cons: Announcements startled me every time due to volume

CDG
ATL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: I had the chicken beans and rice which was good, the chicken burrito was a little soggy and had to peal it out of the box but taste ok.

Cons: The choice of the movies were either action or kids movies, i would like to see some sports movies, auto race, football or espn. All of the was energetic with great smiles and service except for one that never smiled and lacked enthusiasm. I wondered why she was on the plane.

JFK
SEA
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Good snacks. Nice crew. Nice seats.

Cons: Pay WiFi? JetBlue does it for free..

LGA
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: From the pilot...FAs....gate agents....everyone was very pleasant and professional. Plane was clean as well.

AMS
ATL
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Food was great as was the selection of movies available. The seat was comfortable and had enough leg room.

Cons: Lines was confusing and the various boarding tiers were not announced properly (Delta One, Sky Priority, and Zone 1 were all together and Zone 2 started boarding way before the priority lane was finished).

Wed, May 1
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
7h 38m
Tue, May 14
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
9h 05m
Trip: 14 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 35,664 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
ORD
MSN
Good 6.5

Cons: I was apparently "flagged" by British Airways for extra security checks. As I understood it in London, I was randomly selected for this security check. This then apparently meant that I was to be flagged for all subsequent flights. This meant that in Chicago, after going through two other security checks that day (Zurich and London) and completing customs, I had to engage in a full Homeland security check. This involved removing protective covers from my laptop and phone that were hard to get off (not meant to be taken off regularly) and a full body search that I did not have to do in London. After many hours of traveling, this was very a frustrating experience.

CLT
PVD
Good 7.6

Cons: Crew needs to improve their attitude

CMH
DFW
Mediocre 3.3

Pros: Take offs equaled lands

Cons: Dirty and tied plane seat way to tiely spaced. Disinterested crew. I hate stowage

DFW
FRA
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Disgusting Food. Extremely uncomfortable seats: unable to recline far enough, my knees on back of seat in front of me, unable to sleep at all the entire trip. This was American Airlines, not British Airways. Cheap headphones kept falling out of line in port. TERRIBLE FLIGHT, Never Again!

ORD
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Courteous employee interactions from bag check/gate to arrival!

Cons: Everything was truly GREAT

Tue, Feb 19
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
Tue, Feb 26
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
5h 00m
Trip: 8 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
PHL
LAX
Good 6.6

Pros: I loved the speedy boarding process and atmospheric lighting aboard the plane and the complimentary coffee.

Cons: Crew was detached and came off unfriendly. Seats hurt to sit in after two hours. A 5 hour plane ride is uncomfortable and hot even with fan on. WiFi too expensive for my budget.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew. Punctuality. Drink Service Frequency.

Cons: Didn’t discover until mid air that app needed to watch in flight entertainment via phone/laptop had to be downloaded before take off. Also would have appreciated staff asking the family of 10 (7 small children, 3 adults) to be more courteous of surrounding patrons

PDX
BOS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Passengers were told that the chief pilot was retiring following this flight. The second pilot described his very impressive career. Prior to arrival the plane was sprayed in honor of the pilot’s retirement.

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Helpful friendly flight attendants and informative pilot

RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

Sat, Mar 2
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
Wed, Mar 6
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
4h 50m
Trip: 5 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SJC
PDX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Quick boarding and flight was on time

DAL
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Very good

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew. Punctuality. Drink Service Frequency.

Cons: Didn’t discover until mid air that app needed to watch in flight entertainment via phone/laptop had to be downloaded before take off. Also would have appreciated staff asking the family of 10 (7 small children, 3 adults) to be more courteous of surrounding patrons

RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Helpful friendly flight attendants and informative pilot

Sat, Feb 9
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
Tue, Feb 12
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
5h 00m
Trip: 4 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The Alaska crew were great even with a full aircraft and some rowdy kids. Everyone got along

PDX
BOS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Passengers were told that the chief pilot was retiring following this flight. The second pilot described his very impressive career. Prior to arrival the plane was sprayed in honor of the pilot’s retirement.

RDU
SFO
Excellent 8.4

Pros: On time, not bumpy, new chocolate snack, clean, easy boarding -- you did it all!

Cons: Flying.

RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

LAX
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The staff were pleasant

Cons: The flight was late.

Tue, Apr 30
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
7h 58m
Sat, May 11
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
7h 25m
Trip: 12 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 21,832 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.4
SHV
ATL
Good 7.0

Pros: Basic flight... likedthe tomato juice and snack mix

Cons: Announcements startled me every time due to volume

JFK
MSP
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: This was my worst EVER airline experience. It was delayed 27 hours and the snow was not the only problem. When we finally got on board a plane we sat on the runway for over two hours - then they FORGOT to load the luggage!!!

LGA
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: From the pilot...FAs....gate agents....everyone was very pleasant and professional. Plane was clean as well.

SLC
LGB
Excellent 8.8

Cons: Sat in comfort+, bbut never offered any sort of snack. Not sure why it is considered an upgrade.

CDG
ATL
Excellent 9.0

Pros: I had the chicken beans and rice which was good, the chicken burrito was a little soggy and had to peal it out of the box but taste ok.

Cons: The choice of the movies were either action or kids movies, i would like to see some sports movies, auto race, football or espn. All of the was energetic with great smiles and service except for one that never smiled and lacked enthusiasm. I wondered why she was on the plane.

Wed, Jun 12
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
9h 23m
Wed, Jun 19
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
9h 55m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 35,664 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
CLT
PVD
Good 7.6

Cons: Crew needs to improve their attitude

DFW
FRA
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Disgusting Food. Extremely uncomfortable seats: unable to recline far enough, my knees on back of seat in front of me, unable to sleep at all the entire trip. This was American Airlines, not British Airways. Cheap headphones kept falling out of line in port. TERRIBLE FLIGHT, Never Again!

LHR
PHL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Variety of snacks and friendly service. Good entertainment selection.

Cons: Signs for Finnair and AA were hard to find on departure.

DFW
CLT
Good 7.6

Cons: crew attitude was not upto par with Southwest

ORD
MSN
Good 6.5

Cons: I was apparently "flagged" by British Airways for extra security checks. As I understood it in London, I was randomly selected for this security check. This then apparently meant that I was to be flagged for all subsequent flights. This meant that in Chicago, after going through two other security checks that day (Zurich and London) and completing customs, I had to engage in a full Homeland security check. This involved removing protective covers from my laptop and phone that were hard to get off (not meant to be taken off regularly) and a full body search that I did not have to do in London. After many hours of traveling, this was very a frustrating experience.

Tue, Mar 26
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
8h 15m
Thu, Apr 18
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
10h 15m
Trip: 24 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 21,832 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.4
ATL
MEM
Excellent 10.0

Pros: We got on we took off and arrived on schedule just as it should be.

Cons: N/A

LGA
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: From the pilot...FAs....gate agents....everyone was very pleasant and professional. Plane was clean as well.

SHV
ATL
Good 7.0

Pros: Basic flight... likedthe tomato juice and snack mix

Cons: Announcements startled me every time due to volume

AMS
ATL
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Food was great as was the selection of movies available. The seat was comfortable and had enough leg room.

Cons: Lines was confusing and the various boarding tiers were not announced properly (Delta One, Sky Priority, and Zone 1 were all together and Zone 2 started boarding way before the priority lane was finished).

ANC
MSP
Excellent 9.3

Pros: I liked the service to see if there was a chance to upgrade because of the connecting flight and even though there was a delay in the plane arriving to Alaska, the quick turn was excellent and we were in the air within a short period of time.

Cons: The comfortability and that’s rear even if I had the middle seat. I had it on my way towards Alaska and didn’t have any issue

Thu, Dec 27
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 09m
Mon, Dec 31
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
4h 58m
Trip: 5 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 33 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
RDU
SFO
Good 6.3

Cons: We had to sit and wait for a while because nobody picked up the captain and co-pilot at their hotel. There was no AC in Raleigh while we were waiting, so the plane got pretty hot. The captain said "they should've known this plane has no AC and hooked up the external power, and I apologize". It wasn't great.

RDU
SFO
Okay 5.0

Cons: Had to run from complete opposite ends of the Denver airport to catch my flight. I had 10 minutes once off the plane and in the terminal to reach my gate to SF and I was in a walking boot do to an ankle injury. Once sweaty on board the flight was turned back to the terminal delayed three hours and I missed my flight home that day. I then spent from 11pm to 8am in the terminal

RDU
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Efficient Boarding

Cons: No in seat Video. Free entertainment promised did not work on my laptop.

RDU
SFO
Okay 4.0

Pros: The plane was safe.

Cons: Most everything.

RDU
SFO
Good 6.6

Cons: delay too long

Tue, Apr 2
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
9h 30m
Tue, Apr 9
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
9h 05m
Trip: 8 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
DAL
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Very good

PDX
BOS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Passengers were told that the chief pilot was retiring following this flight. The second pilot described his very impressive career. Prior to arrival the plane was sprayed in honor of the pilot’s retirement.

LAX
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The staff were pleasant

Cons: The flight was late.

RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

ANC
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: I dont like there service.

Cons: Alaska airlines did not provide assistance and I requested to assist to re check in my baggage. I did not receive any assistance to the airlines staff. This is horrible service and not happy to the alaska airlines.

Wed, Dec 19
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
Wed, Dec 26
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
4h 58m
Trip: 8 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
LAX
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The staff were pleasant

Cons: The flight was late.

ANC
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: I dont like there service.

Cons: Alaska airlines did not provide assistance and I requested to assist to re check in my baggage. I did not receive any assistance to the airlines staff. This is horrible service and not happy to the alaska airlines.

DAL
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Very good

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Helpful friendly flight attendants and informative pilot

RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Smooth experience

Cons: Gogoinflight wifi can be erratic

Mon, Dec 24
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
Sun, Dec 30
SFO
San Francisco
RDU
Raleigh-Durham
7h 19m
Trip: 7 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
RDU
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew were friendly

Cons: Entertainment system down.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew. Punctuality. Drink Service Frequency.

Cons: Didn’t discover until mid air that app needed to watch in flight entertainment via phone/laptop had to be downloaded before take off. Also would have appreciated staff asking the family of 10 (7 small children, 3 adults) to be more courteous of surrounding patrons

RDU
SFO
Excellent 8.4

Pros: On time, not bumpy, new chocolate snack, clean, easy boarding -- you did it all!

Cons: Flying.

SJC
PDX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Quick boarding and flight was on time

DAL
LAX
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Very good

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