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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 Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Major Airline

Good to Know

Low Season:
May
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High Season:
October
Most popular time to fly
3%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$139
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$117
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Diego to San Francisco

Estimated round-trip price
Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
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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 $116 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Diego to San Francisco was found 37 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 21% 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 27m, covering a distance of 447 miles.
How many flights are there between San Diego and San Francisco?
There are 1,057 (nonstop) flights between San Diego and San Francisco per week, averaging 153 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 Alaska Airlines ($117) and United Airlines ($117)
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?
United Airlines (24 times daily), Air Canada (22 times daily), Southwest (17 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, Monday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to San Diego, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, 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
Mon, Apr 22
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Sat, Apr 27
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 35m
Trip: 6 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 33 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
ANC
SEA
Okay 4.0

Pros: First class away with leg rest on first flight was very nice. Great gate agents in BRW, Anchorage and Omaha.

Cons: Flight was canceled, downgraded to coach on replacement flight, luggage was lost (still waiting), surly gate agent on CRT leg. No need to be so unpleasant.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: good, free movies

Cons: couldn't get on standby for earlier flight because of my "cheap" ticket. I didn't know this until I got to the gate 5 hours early. I understand it was probably obvious somewhere when I bought the ticket, but it was a bit irritating.

SJC
SEA
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The Landing was Perfect

SAN
SFO
Good 7.0

Pros: Explain what is going on

Cons: An explanation of why we sat boarded on the tarmac for 45 mins

EWR
PDX
Good 6.3

Pros: Free texting

Cons: My flight was delayed a long time

Thu, May 23
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 43m
Tue, May 28
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 35m
Trip: 6 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 200 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Pros: The crew was very nice

Cons: It was a short flight. Didn’t dislike anything other than paying for TV/movies.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Didn't happen

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.3

Pros: I am lucky to check-in earlier with United, staffs at counter is very nice and courtesy, he was able to book an earlier flight so I could catch up on time with my scheduled flight to China, I was boarding the United 9:45 but its departure was roughly around 11:15 am

Cons: Flight delay that could affect my international flight connection Which I had only 1:05 between flight

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.0

Pros: Great time, great fast flight, clean airplane

Cons: it was freezing cold, no food/snack, pricey drinks (i passed), and far from friendly crew

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

Sat, Apr 13
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Sat, Apr 20
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, May 1
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Sat, May 4
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 39m
Trip: 4 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 33 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
JFK
SFO
Good 6.5

Cons: Mobile boarding pass workflow is terrible. I got stuck in a loop where I had to sign back in but was told it’s too late to check in (which I had already done day before) so had to get a paper ticket from gate agent.

EWR
PDX
Good 6.3

Pros: Free texting

Cons: My flight was delayed a long time

PSC
SEA
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Last flight I had they didn’t charge for my luggage and this one it was $30 and it was the same luggage bag from last time don’t under why

Cons: Why did they charge me in this flight for the same bag

SJC
SEA
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The Landing was Perfect

JFK
LAX
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Great premium class seats

Cons: Wish there were food options that didn’t include chocolate at every turn!

Sat, Aug 31
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 27m
Tue, Sep 3
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 25m
Trip: 4 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 200 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Didn't happen

SAN
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: ???

Cons: The counter person was inexperienced.

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.6

Pros: on time

Cons: the rest

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: We were making an emergency trip to S.F. and everything thing was on time.

Cons: Though we travel on United and have a United card the price of getting a last minute flight on a plane that was almost half empty was absurd. We will rent a car to return home.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing.

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

Thu, Jun 20
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Mon, Jun 24
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 45m
Trip: 5 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 33 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
HNL
SAN
Excellent 9.2

Cons: Flight attendant was on phone rather than greeting customers as we deplaned.

EWR
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Cons: LAX airport plane docking took 30 minutes and not enough information to get to International Terminal.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Pros: Very late sound didn’t work

JFK
LAX
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Great premium class seats

Cons: Wish there were food options that didn’t include chocolate at every turn!

LAX
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Good personal good service thank you Alaska

Cons: One person he was change my ticket he was a good man and a very gentle man thank you so much appreciate I don’t know your name but thank you .

Fri, Jul 5
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Sun, Jul 7
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 45m
Trip: 3 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 33 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SJC
KOA
Okay 4.5

Cons: Flight 4 hours late.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: We ended up missing our flight. No information was given regarding the terminal and gate for our flight. Even when checking in online, we had no direction where to go. In San Diego, Alaska is terminal one. We walked in and asked the lady at the Alaska desk if we had everything correct and she quickly pushed us along. After going through security we were unable to find our flight info. We asked multiple workers who did not know. We asked a rep for another flight who told us we needed to go to the other terminal. We ran to the other terminal, went through security again and looked for our flight. This terminal had zero Alaska identification and no one could tell us where our flight was. After combing though the entire second terminal looking on the flight deck for any Alaska planes, we saw none. Ready to give up, we finally found the gate which was not one of the standard gates. We run over with 7 minutes left and are told the door is closed and there's nothing they can do. We rehash the entire story and the ladies at the desk rather than express empathy for our situation, question the validity of our story to which I asked the lady to please come with us to show us how we are wrong. She later informed us that Alaska was moving terminals and was only partially moved (hence the lack of signage). They booked us a flight 4 hours later. Luckily, we found our own flight on another airline and we were completely satisfied with United and their ability to fit us onboard with seconds to spare. I will add that Alaska's twitter service team was far more helpful than anyone in the actual airport.

IAD
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Cons: More plentiful food selections? Everything served had dairy which I can’t do.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: We were bumped and downgraded because staff routed us to the wrong terminal. What a mess the Virgin takeover is at San Diego.

FLL
LAX
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Friendly crew. Loved the chargers on the seat and in flight entertainment.

Sat, Mar 23
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 36m
Tue, Mar 26
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 4 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 200 reviews
Overall
7.2
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
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
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: nothing

Cons: the whole experience was horrible.

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 5.0

Pros: We arrived safely on time.

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

Mon, Feb 25
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 48m
Fri, Mar 1
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 5 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 200 reviews
Overall
7.2
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 6.0

Pros: Crew members were nice

Cons: Very uncomfortable and crammed , my seat wouldn't go back and the headphone jack was broken so I couldn't enjoy movies

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 3.3

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

SAN
SFO
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Everything, except one thing

Cons: Little kid screaming the whole flight, kicking my seat. Parent threatened me and yelled at me.

SAN
SFO
Good 7.6

Cons: The vegetarian meal was not very good.

Thu, Feb 28
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 48m
Mon, Mar 4
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 5 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 200 reviews
Overall
7.2
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
Okay 4.0

Pros: Long layovers and changed flights where not pleasant... I normally fly with Alaska Airlines and this never happens with them ..

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.0

Pros: Great time, great fast flight, clean airplane

Cons: it was freezing cold, no food/snack, pricey drinks (i passed), and far from friendly crew

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: The flight attendants were professional and courteous

Cons: The carry on policy, the seats, the completelack of information on how to connect with wifi. The "sorry you might miss your connecting flight because we're running behind, but once you get off this plane nothing that happens to you is our problem even if we caused it to happen" attitude.

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!!!!

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