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San Diego to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 1h 36m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from San Diego
Flight Price $117
Distance 447 miles
Airlines United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta

Good to Know

Low Season:
May
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
October
Most popular time to fly
4%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$139
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$104
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Diego to San Francisco

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Average price per month
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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 $104 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Diego to San Francisco was found 39 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be September, October and November. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Morning departure is around 3% 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 San Diego to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from San Diego to San Francisco take?
An average nonstop flight takes 1h 30m, covering a distance of 447 miles.
How many flights are there between San Diego and San Francisco?
There are 880 (nonstop) flights between San Diego and San Francisco per week, averaging 124 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Diego to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on United Airlines ($117), Alaska Airlines ($117) and Delta ($134).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Diego and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between San Diego and San Francisco?
Air Canada (20 times daily), United Airlines (19 times daily), Alaska Airlines (11 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly San Diego to San Francisco?
For San Diego to San Francisco, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to San Diego, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Friday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from San Diego to San Francisco?
When flying out of San Diego you will be using San Diego, often referred to as San Diego Airport. You will be landing at San Francisco, also known as San Francisco Airport.

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

Airports
Origin
San Diego
$117
only
$117
Destination
San Francisco
$117
only
$117
Sat, Jun 1
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 43m
Sat, Jun 8
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 40m
Trip: 8 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: nothing

Cons: the whole experience was horrible.

SAN
SFO
Poor 0.0

Pros: We were moved to a different flight because this flight was delayed

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Boarding was smooth and took an average amount of time. We arrived exactly on time. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Plane was clean.. overall very pleasant !

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Fast and effective. On time and crew was nice and helpful.

Cons: They passed out drinks late !! Too close to landing time .

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Cons: It was a very short flight. I've noticed that United has older planes and their seats are starting to look best up.

Tue, Jun 4
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Sat, Jun 8
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 40m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
PDX
BOS
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Crew was friendly. Seats were comfortable. Premium class has lots of legroom.

Cons: The 737-800 restrooms are tiny and cramped. The landing in Boston was a jolt.

PDX
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Cons: The person in the next seat , had a service dog. I found it infringed on my rights to have a pet in a carrier on the floor next to me

SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Fast flight

Cons: Blanket provided

SAN
SMF
Good 7.2

Cons: Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling.

SEA
BUR
Good 6.6

Pros: The air conditioning?

Cons: Nobody ever wants to be advertised to (use our credit card?) after paying a few hundred bucks for the ride. I don’t care how many other airlines are doing it, cut it out.

Sat, May 11
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
5h 50m
Tue, May 14
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
3h 46m
Trip: 4 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 24,081 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
7.7
Food
7.5
MCI
SLC
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Lots of leg room, smooth flights and plenty of notification of any upcoming turbulence. Delta did fantastic with keeping everything from check-in to landing friendly and professional. Will definitely fly again

MSO
SLC
Mediocre 3.6

Cons: Way crowded even in comfort plus Flight very late leaving Missoula Got to SLC just as flight was boarding for LA

MSP
SEA
Excellent 9.0

Cons: It made no sense to board an hour and a half before takeoff.

CLE
SLC
Good 7.2

Pros: Crew was great.

Cons: When all overhead bins were full, they should have allowed those who didn’t need to check their carry on to board the plane before those who needed to check their carry on. Very unorganized at gate.

DCA
ATL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was very kind and entertainment was good when available

Cons: WiFi in all flights

Tue, Aug 27
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 41m
Sat, Aug 31
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything was quick and convenient! No hassles! Smooth sailing

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Pros: We arrived safely on time.

Cons: Bathroom is too small. Announcements were anxiety inducing. Sick people on the airplane spreading germs.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The United Club Lounge is the best.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: They did not let my daughter board to safely get home to my mother because she was to tall for a two year old and even after they were provided a birth certificate they still gave her seat up and wouldn't put her on a plane home until I bought another ticket. I am military I only flew with united because we have a contract with them

SAN
SFO
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Missed connection in SF to Medford due to other planes at our gate not allowing us to de-board on time to make my connection to Medford ...!!

Wed, Sep 18
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Sun, Sep 22
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 38m
Trip: 5 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
LAX
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Phenomenal free entertainment options including free Wi-Fi

PDX
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: crew amazing, since an added luggage is a carry on, we were given a pass on paying checked in luggage. thank you very much Alaska Airlines

Cons: none that I could remember

LAX
SFO
Good 7.6

Pros: The crew! The free entertainment!

Cons: Leaving late because of lack of luggage space and giving an option to checkin bag when there was actually no room. I’d rather they choose randomly to save time.

FAT
PDX
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything was good

Cons: Food

SNA
SFO
Excellent 9.2

Cons: They sent my bag on an earlier flight and it was not on the carousel at baggage claim.

Fri, Sep 27
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 41m
Sat, Oct 5
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 25m
Trip: 9 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Naplaćene su mi torbe u San Diego po 58$ iako je to bilo uračunato u cenu pri kupovini karata !!! Za torbu od22kg(48),i torbu od15kg 116$! Nije korektno!!!! Brukaaa!!!Sramota!!Nikad više sa tom compani!! Never again!!!! Never!!!!

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Bad weather caused my flights to be re-routed, but United did wonderful in arranging for an similar arrival time to my final destination. I am very grateful for that. I can't judge the airline on something they have no control over.

Cons: The bad weather that caused my flights to be re-routed!

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: nothing

Cons: the whole experience was horrible.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Lots of leg room!

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Crew was great

Cons: Plane was really noisy and made a weird noise during takeoff and landing. Sad thing was I had to board the saw plane from San Francisco to St. Louis as well!

Sat, Oct 26
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Mon, Oct 28
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 26m
Trip: 3 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
ONT
SEA
Good 7.0

Pros: Crew was great. Flight was on time.

Cons: We were not given seat assignments until the flight was about to leave…

SJC
JFK
Good 6.6

Pros: Crew very helpful especially considering I had a child with me. Boarding process was very easy. Departure process was very easy.

Cons: Food and seating could have been better considering the price for first class.

RDM
PDX
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Premium class has great legroom on 737-800. Crew was friendly. Seats were comfortable.

Cons: The restrooms on the 737-800 are tiny and cramped. The landing in Boston was quite a jolt.

SAN
PAE
Good 6.0

Pros: Great legroom

Cons: A crew member apparently thought I wasn’t throwing my trash away quickly enough, so he very roughly reached through my legs to get it. It was super inappropriate and made me feel really uncomfortable. He should be reprimanded. Makes me feel unsafe flying on Alaska.

FAT
PDX
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything was good

Cons: Food

Fri, May 17
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Sun, May 19
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 35m
Trip: 3 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
PDX
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The crew was the sweetest! They took great care of me and my family. They also helped my family all get sat together. The food was good and the entertainment selection was excellent!

Cons: Nothing, great flight!

LAX
PDX
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Wound up in First with a seat trade, so it was great!

Cons: Longer flight to really get the most from First! :P

SFO
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Luggage space issue could have been handled prior to flight not on a volunteer basis.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The seats

Cons: Nothing it’s was great

PAE
SAN
Excellent 9.5

Cons: Nothing

Fri, Jul 26
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 30m
Mon, Jul 29
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 36m
Trip: 4 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: They did not let my daughter board to safely get home to my mother because she was to tall for a two year old and even after they were provided a birth certificate they still gave her seat up and wouldn't put her on a plane home until I bought another ticket. I am military I only flew with united because we have a contract with them

SAN
SFO
Good 6.6

Pros: The staff were very freindly

Cons: They had a setup if you wanted to watch a movie you had to log onto your computer or other device, but you had to down load the United airlines app, but my IPad would not connect to download.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Crew was great

Cons: Plane was really noisy and made a weird noise during takeoff and landing. Sad thing was I had to board the saw plane from San Francisco to St. Louis as well!

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Not only was boarding delayed almost 2 hours. Once we were on the plane, we sat on the tarmac for over an hour. We landed in SFO at 12:45 and missed my connector to Bend. United was not willing to do anything for me for the inconvenience (except hand out blankets)...so I slept in the airport until the next available flight at 8 a.m. the next more...I hope.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Ive been delayed at the airport since 9 am it’s is now 9:41 pm and finally switched to an American Airlines flight so I can get home. Good thing I did because now that same flight is delayed until 8:45 tomorrow morning.

Wed, Jul 24
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Mon, Jul 29
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 36m
Trip: 6 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 42 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
SMF
Good 7.2

Cons: Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling.

SEA
BUR
Good 6.6

Pros: The air conditioning?

Cons: Nobody ever wants to be advertised to (use our credit card?) after paying a few hundred bucks for the ride. I don’t care how many other airlines are doing it, cut it out.

SFO
BWI
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew! And comfortable seats

PDX
BOS
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Crew was friendly. Seats were comfortable. Premium class has lots of legroom.

Cons: The 737-800 restrooms are tiny and cramped. The landing in Boston was a jolt.

SAN
PAE
Good 6.0

Pros: Great legroom

Cons: A crew member apparently thought I wasn’t throwing my trash away quickly enough, so he very roughly reached through my legs to get it. It was super inappropriate and made me feel really uncomfortable. He should be reprimanded. Makes me feel unsafe flying on Alaska.

Fri, Oct 11
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 42m
Mon, Oct 14
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 4 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Truly don't remember his name but there was one young man on the plane that was very helpful highly recommend he's only been with the airline about 8 months and what is professional in every way thank you

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The flight actually left.

Cons: Poor communication. Flight originally at 11:35, then 12:05, then 12:15... At 11:55, they said they would start boarding in 20 min. How can you do that and still take off at 12:15? Answer: you can't. Just be honest and keep us informed. Bonus: United sent me an email saying that connection had already left (it hadn't - thanks United! - awesome service as always!)

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Cancelled the first flight I was on. Then the second flight out of SAN to SFO was delayed so we sat on the plane for an hour. Of course i was fine but the way United treated people who were going to miss their connections was nothing but rude. I've had it with them!

Cons: I wish airlines that treat you like a human like Virgin, Alaska..

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Short and sweet no problem

Cons: Nothing

SAN
SFO
Poor 0.0

Pros: We were moved to a different flight because this flight was delayed

Fri, Apr 26
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 43m
Wed, May 15
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 35m
Trip: 20 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Cancelled the first flight I was on. Then the second flight out of SAN to SFO was delayed so we sat on the plane for an hour. Of course i was fine but the way United treated people who were going to miss their connections was nothing but rude. I've had it with them!

Cons: I wish airlines that treat you like a human like Virgin, Alaska..

SAN
SFO
Good 7.6

Cons: The vegetarian meal was not very good.

SAN
SFO
Good 7.0

Pros: It was quite average, nothing special.They severed some drinks and you get a bag of pretzels. The staff was very friendly and nice. It was only a 1 1/2 flight, so the only entertainment is magazines.

Cons: The legroom was fine for me, but if you are about 6ft tall or over, you will feel a little cramped. Try to get an exit row seat if can.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Worst crew, bad food, small personal space. Cheapskate company.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Crew was great

Cons: Plane was really noisy and made a weird noise during takeoff and landing. Sad thing was I had to board the saw plane from San Francisco to St. Louis as well!

Sat, Apr 27
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 42m
Mon, May 6
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 35m
Trip: 10 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 202 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Fast and effective. On time and crew was nice and helpful.

Cons: They passed out drinks late !! Too close to landing time .

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 3.3

Cons: Economy seats are suitable for children but not a grown adult

SAN
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: But the amenities were terrible. I couldn’t figure out how to operate the in-seat video feature plus there was no food. Leg room was too cramped also.

Cons: See above. Amenities were terrible as was leg and seat room.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: Flight was fast!

Cons: Bad food and drink service

SAN
SFO
Good 7.0

Cons: the person helping me couldn't understand her and she was aggressive and charged me too much and wouldn't make adjustments about it.

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