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Low Season:
September
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
8%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$474
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$352
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $352 or less.
The cheapest flight from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco was found 52 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 15% cheaper 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 07m, covering a distance of 2395 miles.
How many flights are there between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco?
There are 66 (nonstop) flights between Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco per week, averaging 9 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 Frontier ($225), Multiple Airlines ($245) and Virgin America ($256).
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?
Alaska Airlines (3 times daily), Virgin America (3 times daily), United (2 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 Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to Raleigh-Durham, the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Wednesday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
Raleigh
$225
only
$225
Destination
San Francisco
$225
only
$225
Tue, Jan 30
RDU
SFO
10h 26m
Mon, Feb 5
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
RSW
PVD
Excellent 10.0

Basic, simple. No frills but economical

Seats did not recline.. So uncomfortable

DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

ISP
TPA
Mediocre 2.3

In flight crew was cordial, warm, professional

Everything else was a sh*tshow: bad information, confused and angry employees, flight was 7-hours late

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

Sat, Feb 3
RDU
SFO
6h 07m
Mon, Feb 19
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 17 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 31
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Mon, Feb 5
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 6 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

SFO
DAL
Excellent 10.0

There a lots of movies and tv shows to watch. The ordering food and stuff on the screen seems to work well.

RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Safety video dancing!. Colors in the plane design. Lavender ceilings. lights tone ambiance. Good videos. Great service. Really everything!

LAX
EWR
Mediocre 2.0

I WASNT EVEN ON THIS FLIGHT BECAUSE YOU GUYS COULDNT GET ME OUT THERE IN TIME, HOW ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS INFORMATION???

I had my flight cancelled due to a snow storm hitting the north east but being from the area I understood this was a risk and wasn't very upset by this. What upset me was that when I called to speak with a Virgin rep, I sat on hold for an hour and a half only for the line to go dead. I then called back and sat once again for an hour and 45 minutes until I got a rep whose connection was so poor that I could only make out every 6th word he said. To top it all off, Virgin wasn't able to get me a flight to my destination until 4 days after when I had originally planned to leave, so by they I would've already missed my graduate school interview in Los Angeles. All in all, I missed my interview, I spent 3 hours on hold to barely hear my rep explain to me why I couldn't get to Los Angeles for 4 more days, and I spent an extra week freezing in NJ. Thanks Virgin!

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

I want to fly Virgin America all the time when possible. Ease of check in, reminder emails to check in with easy access to complete, helpful agents, and free movies.

Free headphones

Tue, Feb 6
RDU
SFO
20h 03m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

MCO
DEN
Excellent 10.0

Smooth and really fast way to get to Denver

A little bit of a crowd at the entrance of the gate. Otherwise everything was excellent.

Tue, Feb 13
RDU
SFO
10h 17m
Sat, Feb 17
SFO
RDU
4h 58m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 31
RDU
SFO
14h 09m
Sat, Feb 3
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 4 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
OMA
MCO
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. Arrived early.

4.99 for a can of coke???

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

Wed, Jan 31
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Tue, Feb 6
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 7 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

I want to fly Virgin America all the time when possible. Ease of check in, reminder emails to check in with easy access to complete, helpful agents, and free movies.

Free headphones

SEA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The overhead bins were spacious and seats were comfortable and with good leg space.

Half the plane was given Group A boarding??

SFO
DAL
Excellent 10.0

There a lots of movies and tv shows to watch. The ordering food and stuff on the screen seems to work well.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

EWR
LAX
Okay 5.3

You pushed us up to an earlier flight so we didn’t delay the connecting flight. The seat location was worse than the original flight including, in one case, seats that didn’t recline. The fact you don’t offer free snacks on a five-hour flight is obnoxious. When we got to LA, there was absolutely no guidance where to find out conntecting flight, if we had to retrieve our bags or anything else a customer-centric airline would provide. We turned to LAPD for direction. Should that have been necessary?

Wed, Feb 14
RDU
SFO
6h 07m
Mon, Feb 19
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 31
RDU
SFO
14h 09m
Sat, Feb 3
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 4 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
SJU
MCO
Excellent 9.5

I really liked how amazingly friendly all the crew were. They all had a real smile and tried to help every costumer Kindly. Never saw this from ANY airline. They are EXCELLENT!

Many crying babies, most but that's nothing you could do LOL!

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

OMA
MCO
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. Arrived early.

4.99 for a can of coke???

ISP
TPA
Mediocre 2.3

In flight crew was cordial, warm, professional

Everything else was a sh*tshow: bad information, confused and angry employees, flight was 7-hours late

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

Sat, Feb 3
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Wed, Feb 7
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 5 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
HNL
LAX
Okay 4.3

i arrived at the airport 2.5 hrs before my flight because i’d been unable to check in online. the alaska counter was closed and i waited for 45 minutes until they opened only to be told that i was flying on their sister airline, virgin. i hustled my luggage over to the new airline, and then wasn’t assigned a seat until the first two groups had already been allowed to board the plane. it was very -needlessly- stressful. no blankets offered for the red eye. i’d been on 8 flights in 5 weeks and this leg of the journey was the most disappointing.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

I want to fly Virgin America all the time when possible. Ease of check in, reminder emails to check in with easy access to complete, helpful agents, and free movies.

Free headphones

SEA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The overhead bins were spacious and seats were comfortable and with good leg space.

Half the plane was given Group A boarding??

EWR
LAX
Okay 5.3

You pushed us up to an earlier flight so we didn’t delay the connecting flight. The seat location was worse than the original flight including, in one case, seats that didn’t recline. The fact you don’t offer free snacks on a five-hour flight is obnoxious. When we got to LA, there was absolutely no guidance where to find out conntecting flight, if we had to retrieve our bags or anything else a customer-centric airline would provide. We turned to LAPD for direction. Should that have been necessary?

RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Safety video dancing!. Colors in the plane design. Lavender ceilings. lights tone ambiance. Good videos. Great service. Really everything!

Tue, Feb 27
RDU
SFO
6h 07m
Wed, Mar 7
SFO
RDU
7h 28m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Jan 23
RDU
SFO
20h 12m
Wed, Jan 31
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

MCO
ISP
Excellent 8.3

Cheap tickets, friendly staff, no major complaints

Seats were a bit uncomfortable

OMA
MCO
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. Arrived early.

4.99 for a can of coke???

ISP
TPA
Mediocre 2.3

In flight crew was cordial, warm, professional

Everything else was a sh*tshow: bad information, confused and angry employees, flight was 7-hours late

GRR
MCO
Excellent 10.0

Early departure. Non stop. Early arrival. Ease of travel.

Tue, Feb 6
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 9 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
SFO
DAL
Excellent 10.0

There a lots of movies and tv shows to watch. The ordering food and stuff on the screen seems to work well.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Safety video dancing!. Colors in the plane design. Lavender ceilings. lights tone ambiance. Good videos. Great service. Really everything!

EWR
LAX
Okay 5.3

You pushed us up to an earlier flight so we didn’t delay the connecting flight. The seat location was worse than the original flight including, in one case, seats that didn’t recline. The fact you don’t offer free snacks on a five-hour flight is obnoxious. When we got to LA, there was absolutely no guidance where to find out conntecting flight, if we had to retrieve our bags or anything else a customer-centric airline would provide. We turned to LAPD for direction. Should that have been necessary?

RDU
SFO
Excellent 9.0

I enjoyed my experience on Virgin America, especially the direct flight from SFO to RDU

I didn’t care for the service, it was very robotic and no one smiled.

Wed, Feb 28
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Wed, Mar 7
SFO
RDU
7h 28m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Jan 30
RDU
SFO
10h 26m
Wed, Jan 31
SFO
RDU
11h 45m
Trip: 2 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
RSW
PVD
Excellent 10.0

Basic, simple. No frills but economical

Seats did not recline.. So uncomfortable

SNA
DEN
Excellent 8.3

Was surprised to find out I had to pay $45 fee for carry-on bag.

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

LAX
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

SJU
MCO
Excellent 9.5

I really liked how amazingly friendly all the crew were. They all had a real smile and tried to help every costumer Kindly. Never saw this from ANY airline. They are EXCELLENT!

Many crying babies, most but that's nothing you could do LOL!

Tue, Feb 13
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 2 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Seating was comfortable, interior was stylish, service was excellent.

EWR
LAX
Okay 5.3

You pushed us up to an earlier flight so we didn’t delay the connecting flight. The seat location was worse than the original flight including, in one case, seats that didn’t recline. The fact you don’t offer free snacks on a five-hour flight is obnoxious. When we got to LA, there was absolutely no guidance where to find out conntecting flight, if we had to retrieve our bags or anything else a customer-centric airline would provide. We turned to LAPD for direction. Should that have been necessary?

LAX
EWR
Mediocre 2.0

I WASNT EVEN ON THIS FLIGHT BECAUSE YOU GUYS COULDNT GET ME OUT THERE IN TIME, HOW ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS INFORMATION???

I had my flight cancelled due to a snow storm hitting the north east but being from the area I understood this was a risk and wasn't very upset by this. What upset me was that when I called to speak with a Virgin rep, I sat on hold for an hour and a half only for the line to go dead. I then called back and sat once again for an hour and 45 minutes until I got a rep whose connection was so poor that I could only make out every 6th word he said. To top it all off, Virgin wasn't able to get me a flight to my destination until 4 days after when I had originally planned to leave, so by they I would've already missed my graduate school interview in Los Angeles. All in all, I missed my interview, I spent 3 hours on hold to barely hear my rep explain to me why I couldn't get to Los Angeles for 4 more days, and I spent an extra week freezing in NJ. Thanks Virgin!

LAS
LAX
Okay 4.0

Attendant at gate was not helpful. I asked about moving seats as i need to exit the plane quickly for work. He told me my seat was in the middle of the plane and there was nothing he could do. My seat is all the way in the back, and I also had to check my carryon bag as there was no room. I can see there is clearly room they just didn’t want people departing the flight. Now I’ll be forced to get my bag at the claim and be late for work. Not pleased.

RDU
SFO
Excellent 9.0

I enjoyed my experience on Virgin America, especially the direct flight from SFO to RDU

I didn’t care for the service, it was very robotic and no one smiled.

Fri, Feb 2
RDU
SFO
6h 07m
Fri, Feb 9
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Feb 1
RDU
SFO
10h 26m
Wed, Feb 7
SFO
RDU
11h 46m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33565 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
ISP
TPA
Mediocre 2.3

In flight crew was cordial, warm, professional

Everything else was a sh*tshow: bad information, confused and angry employees, flight was 7-hours late

ATL
TTN
Excellent 9.3

I was having a terrible migraine and one of the female on flight staff directed me to open seats where I could lay down. She also provided me with lots of water and a bag of ice!

MCO
OMA
Excellent 8.0

Nice flight. No issues. Flight staff was great.

Front desk check in guy in Orlando was a bit shady. Asked that we pay for our check-in bags with cash and wanted 10$ cash to put our seats together. I did not give him cash and had to ask for a reciept for the checked bags. We were 4 hours early for check in.

DEN
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Time management

Service

RSW
PVD
Excellent 10.0

Basic, simple. No frills but economical

Seats did not recline.. So uncomfortable

Wed, Feb 14
RDU
SFO
6h 10m
Tue, Feb 20
SFO
RDU
5h 05m
Trip: 7 days
9.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.2 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.7
RDU
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Seating was comfortable, interior was stylish, service was excellent.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Ease of boarding, entertainment offerings were better than average

Crew-seemed bored and distracted during boarding. On a 6 hour flight they made 1 quick pass through the cabin near beginning of flight and that was it. Way under the standard of at least frequent passing through the cabin and at least another water service. Pretty much the same level on trip to NYC as on this return to SFO. Not what we are used to with Alaska.

SEA
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The overhead bins were spacious and seats were comfortable and with good leg space.

Half the plane was given Group A boarding??

HNL
LAX
Okay 4.3

i arrived at the airport 2.5 hrs before my flight because i’d been unable to check in online. the alaska counter was closed and i waited for 45 minutes until they opened only to be told that i was flying on their sister airline, virgin. i hustled my luggage over to the new airline, and then wasn’t assigned a seat until the first two groups had already been allowed to board the plane. it was very -needlessly- stressful. no blankets offered for the red eye. i’d been on 8 flights in 5 weeks and this leg of the journey was the most disappointing.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

I want to fly Virgin America all the time when possible. Ease of check in, reminder emails to check in with easy access to complete, helpful agents, and free movies.

Free headphones

Mon, Feb 12
RDU
SFO
6h 07m
Wed, Feb 14
SFO
RDU
7h 31m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 5h 37m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from Raleigh-Durham
Flight Price $225
Distance 2395 miles
Airlines Frontier, Virgin America