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Low Season:
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1%
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High Season:
February
Most popular time to fly
4%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$333
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$197
or less (round trip)

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The cheapest flight from San Diego to Los Angeles was found 38 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 January, February and March. The cheapest month to fly is August.
Morning departure is around 6% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking San Diego to Los Angeles Flights

How long does a flight from San Diego to Los Angeles take?
An average nonstop flight takes 0h 55m, covering a distance of 110 miles.
How many flights are there between San Diego and Los Angeles?
There are 1,650 (nonstop) flights between San Diego and Los Angeles per week, averaging 238 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Diego to Los Angeles?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Delta ($155), Multiple Airlines ($164) and Virgin America ($167).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Diego and Los Angeles?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between San Diego and Los Angeles?
WestJet (20 times daily), United (18 times daily), American Airlines (17 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly San Diego to Los Angeles?
For San Diego to Los Angeles, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from Los Angeles back to San Diego, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from San Diego to Los Angeles (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
San Diego
$155
only
$155
Destination
Los Angeles
$155
only
$155
Fri, Jan 19
SAN
LAX
1h 04m
Sun, Jan 21
LAX
SAN
0h 59m
Trip: 3 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SAN
LAX
Excellent 9.0

The short flight was fine. Crew was friendly.

Because we arrived to LAX from SAN so late we had to run to the next gate and barely made the flight. The overhead bins were already very full so we had to stuff our stuff at our feet. Since we arrived so late it would have been better if they had allowed those with a tight connection to disembark first.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Very easy flight & process

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

There was a huge selection of free movies. The flight attendants were happy and helpful.

SAN
LAX
Okay 4.6

Quick travel to destination

Long wait to board, and on the run way before coming to the terminal

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Couldn’t pick my seat

Mon, Jan 8
SAN
LAX
5h 54m
Thu, Jan 18
LAX
SAN
5h 53m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Jan 18
SAN
LAX
4h 11m
Sat, Jan 20
LAX
SAN
5h 53m
Trip: 3 days
8.1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.1 Excellent
Based on 17646 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
LAX
LAS
Good 7.6

Crew was quick to bring drinks!

DCA
DAL
Excellent 10.0

ordering your own drinks and snacks

SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

I liked the soothing music and lighting while boarding the plane, it felt like a spa. I liked the ease of ordering anything i needed through the touch pad on the seat in front of me. I loved the selection of entertainment on the touchpad/screen provided, and that the technology was all running smoothly. I especially appreciate having all the above included with the purchase of my ticket thank you! The friendly staff provided excellent service.

I liked everything about this flight from boarding to disembarkation. Thankyou, all future flights will definitely be sought out on Virgin American going forward.

JFK
LAX
Okay 5.0

Friendly pilot.

Sat on the tarmac after arriving for 30+ mins without an explanation. Media system stopped working 2 hours into the flight and attendants couldn’t fix it. They don’t carry lol of the “on the house” items that are advertised...

LAX
DAL
Excellent 9.3

Easy flight, comfortable seas with plenty of room. Boarding was simple with plenty of room for carry on luggage.

Mon, Feb 5
SAN
LAX
19h 23m
Tue, Feb 6
LAX
SAN
0h 52m
Trip: 2 days
7.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.5 Good
Based on 23 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
ABQ
ORD
Excellent 8.0

everything fine

having to gate-check our hand luggage

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Taking 2 shuttle buses to transfer from AA to PAL.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Quick boarding

No food or beverage service

DFW
LAX
Excellent 8.3

I liked the expediency of being rescheduled for another flight and the kindness of the American Airlines staff. When I first received my boarding pass, the pass listed gate A24 as the one where my flight was scheduled to depart. The plane destined to depart from Dallas to LAX did not show up. However, a few of us were kindly offered a cot and blankets to sleep on. The next morning I folded the cot and the blankets and found an American Airline staff member who swiftly rescheduled me for another flight to LAX. She did state that the original flight had departed at 11:15 p.m.

From around 6 P.M., December 11, 2017, I was at gate A24 - the gate listed as the Departure gate for my return flight to Los Angeles. The last flight that left went to Saint Louis, I believe. There was never a flight to depart from Gate 24 to Los Angeles. I believe the gate may have been changed and for some reason, those who were at Gate 24 were not informed. Also, the travel instructions on the advertisement for scheduling the flight mentioned the ability to carry on luggage for no additional charge. When I received my boarding pass, it stated I was only allowed to carry on baggage that would fit underneath the seat and not in the overhead bin. I had to pay to check my baggage that I thought was free. In spite of the changes, the flight was a good flight. Thank you

TPA
ORD
Excellent 8.0

Average. Expectation for US airlines are so low this flight score average.

Sun, Jan 14
SAN
LAX
4h 57m
Tue, Jan 16
LAX
SAN
12h 44m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SAN
LAX
Good 7.3

Fflight was smooth

Missed connection due to delay rebooking took me out of way from LA to Denver and the to Seattle. Arrived 8 hrs after expected/anticipated arrival.

SAN
LAX
Good 7.5

The flight was 50% shorter than advertised.

Terminal 8 was a very very long walk to Terminal B.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time and luggage was not lost. In flight meal service was better than average.

in the last row battling for share if the armrest.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The flight attendants were very nice. People working in the counter were very helpful

N/A

SAN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Delayed flight. Almost missed connection. Crew tried to besupportive best she could.

Sat, Apr 28
SAN
LAX
5h 45m
Sun, May 13
LAX
SAN
7h 28m
Trip: 16 days
6.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.2 Good
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
SNA
PDX
Excellent 8.0

On time and no lines

PVR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

I like the efficiency and speed of the process.

Myself and another person were assigned the same seat. It was resolved.

MEX
LAX
Good 7.0

Crew was Friendly and accommodating.

For an International flight needs to be more entertainment options. there was none!

LAX
ZIH
Mediocre 3.0

Hospitality of the crew.

My luggage that was to be loaded in the cargo area of the plane never was put on the plane. No clothes, no shoes, no medications, no gps radio equiptment, and no special fishing equiptment, (as I was on a sportfishing vacation). Really, Really dissappointed.

PDX
JFK
Excellent 8.3

Last row seats don't recline. Unfortunate while on a red eye flight. There is no entertainment. Flight attendants could learn to juggle or do some magic tricks. Tell jokes maybe?

Wed, Jan 10
SAN
LAX
1h 02m
Tue, Jan 16
LAX
SAN
1h 09m
Trip: 7 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SAN
LAX
Mediocre 3.0

We were given snacks and sandwiches for the delay.

Paid for an upgrade but the seat was not what I had asked for. The agent said I would get a refund but I was not clear on how that works. Our plane experienced a mechanical issue. We were told after we boarded. Had to wait 1 1/2 hours in a stuffy hot plane. The bathrooms were very dirty and stinky. The bathroom door did not close properly. We finally deplaned and waited for a new plane. Got to Kona at 2:00am. The air temp was warm the entire flight. Had to endure a grumpy crew. Not the best flying experience. I know you can do better. Maybe look at how Hawaiian airlines does it and you might get some inspiration on how to improve.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 9.0

The short flight was fine. Crew was friendly.

Because we arrived to LAX from SAN so late we had to run to the next gate and barely made the flight. The overhead bins were already very full so we had to stuff our stuff at our feet. Since we arrived so late it would have been better if they had allowed those with a tight connection to disembark first.

ATL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

My entire flight experience was delightful. Was dry impressed with the staff both at Hartsfield-Jackson and DFW...and our flight crew was positively sublime.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

There was a huge selection of free movies. The flight attendants were happy and helpful.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Very easy flight & process

Wed, Jan 10
SAN
LAX
6h 13m
Thu, Jan 25
LAX
SAN
3h 26m
Trip: 16 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 27
SAN
LAX
1h 10m
Tue, Mar 6
LAX
SAN
1h 00m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
GSO
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Plane nice and comfortable

SAN
LAX
Excellent 9.0

The short flight was fine. Crew was friendly.

Because we arrived to LAX from SAN so late we had to run to the next gate and barely made the flight. The overhead bins were already very full so we had to stuff our stuff at our feet. Since we arrived so late it would have been better if they had allowed those with a tight connection to disembark first.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Very easy flight & process

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

There was a huge selection of free movies. The flight attendants were happy and helpful.

ATL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

My entire flight experience was delightful. Was dry impressed with the staff both at Hartsfield-Jackson and DFW...and our flight crew was positively sublime.

Sat, Jan 13
SAN
LAX
23h 12m
Sun, Jan 14
LAX
SAN
0h 51m
Trip: 2 days
7.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.5 Good
Based on 23 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
TPA
ORD
Excellent 8.0

Average. Expectation for US airlines are so low this flight score average.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Quick boarding

No food or beverage service

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Missing luggage is a common thing in British airway, which is not so common in other airways.

SAN
LAX
Okay 4.0

I booked through Alaska and received an Alaska boarding pass that stated the flight was operated by Sky West. To be sure I was at the right terminal I confirmed with the security agent before going through TSA. Once through the disorganized security check I sought out a departure screen but could not find my flight anywhere. I approached a gate agent to assist and he told me my flight was on American, located outside of security and in the terminal I had just come from. He confirmed that despite the verbiage on my boarding pass my flight was neither being handled through Alaska OR SkyWest. I hurried back to the first terminal and asked the security agent but she did not speak much English and could not help me. I then hurried to the American Airlines desk where the woman was also confused. She told me there was a flight to LAX but not operated by American, operated by American Eagle. She confirmed that this was the correct flight and at my prompt gave me a new boarding pass from American. After running back through another very disorganized TSA I finally made it to my gate in time to board. My seat was located next to a woman who took up 1.5 seats and required me to lean into the aisle to avoid touching her at all times. All and all a sub par flying experience.

AUS
CLT
Excellent 10.0

My Mom was very grateful for the friendly assistance as she is wheelchair bound and was flying aline. Excellent service!!

Nothing.

Mon, Feb 5
SAN
LAX
5h 05m
Mon, Mar 5
LAX
SAN
4h 34m
Trip: 29 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SAN
LAX
Good 6.3

Despite delays, united employees went out of their way to make sure I made my connection and got to my destination on time.

Many delays in and out if lax due to construction. All four of my flights were delayed. The initial and the connection, both coming and going

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Service

Not Applicable

SAN
LAX
Good 6.6

Nice service

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Flight was on time, clean, comfy.

Media wasn't working on the seat screens.

SAN
LAX
Good 7.5

The flight was 50% shorter than advertised.

Terminal 8 was a very very long walk to Terminal B.

Tue, Feb 6
SAN
LAX
7h 24m
Wed, Feb 7
LAX
SAN
4h 05m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 10
SAN
LAX
5h 10m
Sat, Jan 13
LAX
SAN
11h 33m
Trip: 4 days
8.1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.1 Excellent
Based on 17646 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
LAX
LAS
Good 7.6

Crew was quick to bring drinks!

SFO
LAX
Excellent 9.0

Easy boarding. Newer plane is quieter.

SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Always great flying Virgin. Thank you for an easy flight.

DCA
DAL
Excellent 10.0

ordering your own drinks and snacks

LAX
LAS
Excellent 10.0

Everything. Courteous even though crowded flight. Wifi option...movie to keep engaged and not worry about flying... great takeoff and landing. Courtesy beverage

I forgot my headphones...safety briefing seemed abridged

Wed, Feb 28
SAN
LAX
6h 17m
Sat, Mar 17
LAX
SAN
16h 47m
Trip: 17 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SAN
LAX
Good 7.5

The flight was 50% shorter than advertised.

Terminal 8 was a very very long walk to Terminal B.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Service

Not Applicable

SAN
LAX
Okay 5.6

The crew and flight was excellent. Two short flights to get to my destination.

Their new fare for budget flights processing is outrageous. I was advised booking the flight carrying size only undervfront seat storage. Then got an email explaining how this works. Then tried to checkin online 24 hours prior and you can't since you are not checking baggage. Got to airport to find that can't checkin except at counter as you need a UAL employee to scan their I'd during process to get boarding pass. Waited for employee and then she was rude about it. Again reminded me I can't bring anything else onboard or will cost me extra at gate. If UAL wants to offer this they need to be more customer friendly. I was far from impressed for the inconvenience I experienced being s longtime UAL Frequent Flier.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The flight attendants were very nice. People working in the counter were very helpful

N/A

SAN
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

Flight was delayed 3 times no compensation was offered.

Sat, Jan 6
SAN
LAX
1h 00m
Sat, Jan 13
LAX
SAN
0h 54m
Trip: 8 days
7.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.5 Good
Based on 23 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
AUS
CLT
Excellent 10.0

My Mom was very grateful for the friendly assistance as she is wheelchair bound and was flying aline. Excellent service!!

Nothing.

SAN
LAX
Okay 5.0

The crew tried and did as good a job as they could with what they had to work with.

The shuttle transportation didn't give me any information about baggage claim, took me 45 min to find the right baggage claim! So frustrating.

ABQ
ORD
Excellent 8.0

everything fine

having to gate-check our hand luggage

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Missing luggage is a common thing in British airway, which is not so common in other airways.

SAN
LAX
Okay 4.0

I booked through Alaska and received an Alaska boarding pass that stated the flight was operated by Sky West. To be sure I was at the right terminal I confirmed with the security agent before going through TSA. Once through the disorganized security check I sought out a departure screen but could not find my flight anywhere. I approached a gate agent to assist and he told me my flight was on American, located outside of security and in the terminal I had just come from. He confirmed that despite the verbiage on my boarding pass my flight was neither being handled through Alaska OR SkyWest. I hurried back to the first terminal and asked the security agent but she did not speak much English and could not help me. I then hurried to the American Airlines desk where the woman was also confused. She told me there was a flight to LAX but not operated by American, operated by American Eagle. She confirmed that this was the correct flight and at my prompt gave me a new boarding pass from American. After running back through another very disorganized TSA I finally made it to my gate in time to board. My seat was located next to a woman who took up 1.5 seats and required me to lean into the aisle to avoid touching her at all times. All and all a sub par flying experience.

Thu, Jan 11
SAN
LAX
3h 42m
Wed, Jan 17
LAX
SAN
3h 26m
Trip: 7 days
8.1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.1 Excellent
Based on 17646 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Always great flying Virgin. Thank you for an easy flight.

LAX
DAL
Excellent 9.3

Easy flight, comfortable seas with plenty of room. Boarding was simple with plenty of room for carry on luggage.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 9.0

Easy boarding. Newer plane is quieter.

LAX
LAS
Good 7.6

Crew was quick to bring drinks!

SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

I liked the soothing music and lighting while boarding the plane, it felt like a spa. I liked the ease of ordering anything i needed through the touch pad on the seat in front of me. I loved the selection of entertainment on the touchpad/screen provided, and that the technology was all running smoothly. I especially appreciate having all the above included with the purchase of my ticket thank you! The friendly staff provided excellent service.

I liked everything about this flight from boarding to disembarkation. Thankyou, all future flights will definitely be sought out on Virgin American going forward.

Mon, Jan 29
SAN
LAX
6h 18m
Wed, Jan 31
LAX
SAN
23h 41m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Jan 31
SAN
LAX
1h 16m
Sun, Feb 11
LAX
SAN
0h 55m
Trip: 12 days
7.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.5 Good
Based on 23 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.3

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Missing luggage is a common thing in British airway, which is not so common in other airways.

HPN
DCA
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Comfort, timeliness.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Quick boarding

No food or beverage service

ABQ
ORD
Excellent 8.0

everything fine

having to gate-check our hand luggage

Sat, Dec 30
SAN
LAX
1h 05m
Tue, Jan 23
LAX
SAN
0h 58m
Trip: 25 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
SAN
LAX
Mediocre 3.0

We were given snacks and sandwiches for the delay.

Paid for an upgrade but the seat was not what I had asked for. The agent said I would get a refund but I was not clear on how that works. Our plane experienced a mechanical issue. We were told after we boarded. Had to wait 1 1/2 hours in a stuffy hot plane. The bathrooms were very dirty and stinky. The bathroom door did not close properly. We finally deplaned and waited for a new plane. Got to Kona at 2:00am. The air temp was warm the entire flight. Had to endure a grumpy crew. Not the best flying experience. I know you can do better. Maybe look at how Hawaiian airlines does it and you might get some inspiration on how to improve.

SAN
LAX
Okay 4.6

Quick travel to destination

Long wait to board, and on the run way before coming to the terminal

ATL
DFW
Excellent 10.0

My entire flight experience was delightful. Was dry impressed with the staff both at Hartsfield-Jackson and DFW...and our flight crew was positively sublime.

GSO
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Plane nice and comfortable

SAN
LAX
Excellent 9.0

The short flight was fine. Crew was friendly.

Because we arrived to LAX from SAN so late we had to run to the next gate and barely made the flight. The overhead bins were already very full so we had to stuff our stuff at our feet. Since we arrived so late it would have been better if they had allowed those with a tight connection to disembark first.

Thu, Feb 1
SAN
LAX
0h 55m
Tue, Feb 13
LAX
SAN
1h 02m
Trip: 13 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 46 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SAN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Delayed flight. Almost missed connection. Crew tried to besupportive best she could.

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Flight was on time and luggage was not lost. In flight meal service was better than average.

in the last row battling for share if the armrest.

SAN
LAX
Good 6.3

Despite delays, united employees went out of their way to make sure I made my connection and got to my destination on time.

Many delays in and out if lax due to construction. All four of my flights were delayed. The initial and the connection, both coming and going

SAN
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Service

Not Applicable

SAN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Flight was on time, clean, comfy.

Media wasn't working on the seat screens.

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