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San Diego to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 1h 33m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from San Diego
Flight Price $109
Distance 447 miles
Airlines United, Alaska Airlines, Delta

Good to Know

Low Season:
May
Best time to beat the crowds
1%
expected price decrease
High Season:
November
Most popular time to fly
0%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$143
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$120
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Diego to San Francisco

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 $120 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Diego to San Francisco was found 34 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be October, November and December. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Morning departure is around 25% 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 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 1,117 (nonstop) flights between San Diego and San Francisco per week, averaging 161 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 ($109), Alaska Airlines ($109) and Delta ($149).
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 (26 times daily), Air Canada (21 times daily), Alaska Airlines (16 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, Wednesday 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 Wednesday, with Friday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Diego
$109
only
$109
Destination
San Francisco
$109
only
$109
Wed, Sep 5
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 27m
Tue, Sep 11
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 28m
Trip: 7 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 193 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

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

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.6

plane is new/crew was friendly

no legroom/food was horrible; worst ever on any flight I have taken to and from korea. Worst

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Short and sweet no problem

Nothing

SAN
SFO
Good 7.0

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

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

The crew was very nice

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

Sat, Sep 22
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Mon, Sep 24
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 3 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SJD
SNA
Excellent 10.0

The staff was great and checking in was simple.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Very late sound didn’t work

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Enough room for my legs

No head phones! Maybe offer while waiting before boarding!

LAX
BOS
Mediocre 3.6

TV monitors for every seat was great. The selections were good and varied.

We sat in the back of the cabin and the two female flight attendants were talking during the whole 6-hour, red eye flight. Hard to sleep and hard to read to pass the time. Very rude, inconsiderate, and unprofessional.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

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

Fri, Feb 15
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
5h 44m
Sun, Feb 17
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 3 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 19,683 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.6
Food
7.4
KEF
JFK
Okay 5.0

Boarding was quick and efficient.

- Paid EXTRA for an emergency exit row and it felt like I was sitting on a hard wooden box the entire flight. - Food was awful/barely edible. - Plane was old, dingy and dirty. Window shade was broken.

SJC
MSP
Excellent 9.2

Staff was attentive and pleasant. Seat was comfortable, good knee room. Left and arrived on-time. Good experience.

Reclining seats need to either go away, or be built so that reclining takes leg room away from the person reclining. Why should I be punished for a rude passenger in front of me who decides to punish me by reclining their seat?

ATL
SAT
Okay 4.0

Crew

Delay

LGA
MSP
Excellent 10.0

Boarding and Arrival went smooth and quick. We were early to our destination. Short 3 hour flights are always easy.

FCO
DTW
Okay 4.0

The plane was newer and the flight itself was good

Poor service onboard. Flight attendants showed little care and were curt. Ordered halal meal but were given vegetarian. It was bland and tasteless. My wife ordered drinks that never came. The armrests were stationary adding to the discomfort. Unfortunate how the international service experience is so much worse than domestic.

Thu, Oct 18
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 36m
Sat, Oct 27
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 42m
Trip: 10 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ummm...I bought a ticket on Alaskan and it ended up being a Virgin aircraft.

There wasn’t a power outlet at my seat.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

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

DAL
SJC
Excellent 10.0

Coffee refills

All was good

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Very late sound didn’t work

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.3

Flught was delayed for 2 hours

Fri, Nov 9
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 31m
Wed, Nov 14
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 33m
Trip: 6 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 193 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

The flight attendants were professional and courteous

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
Excellent 10.0

The flight actually left.

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
Excellent 10.0

Short and sweet no problem

Nothing

SAN
SFO
Excellent 9.3

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
Good 7.0

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.

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.

Sat, Oct 27
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 40m
Mon, Oct 29
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 3 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

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

LAX
BOS
Mediocre 3.6

TV monitors for every seat was great. The selections were good and varied.

We sat in the back of the cabin and the two female flight attendants were talking during the whole 6-hour, red eye flight. Hard to sleep and hard to read to pass the time. Very rude, inconsiderate, and unprofessional.

SFO
SEA
Good 7.3

Great entertainment system, great selection of movies. Comfortable and well kept up plane.

Controls for entertainment system were often broken. Flight boarded late. Few vegan snacks available.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ummm...I bought a ticket on Alaskan and it ended up being a Virgin aircraft.

There wasn’t a power outlet at my seat.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Enough room for my legs

No head phones! Maybe offer while waiting before boarding!

Thu, Nov 1
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 44m
Mon, Nov 5
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 39m
Trip: 5 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 193 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Short and sweet no problem

Nothing

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Rapid boarding and comfortable seat. The flight attendant was great!

Snack selection wasn't impressive, as was the onboard entertainment unit - small screen and no flight info/map. Also no lounge access in San Diego since our ticket was through Air Canada.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The flight actually left.

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
Excellent 9.3

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
Okay 5.6

plane is new/crew was friendly

no legroom/food was horrible; worst ever on any flight I have taken to and from korea. Worst

Thu, Dec 6
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 44m
Mon, Dec 10
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 5 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SJD
SNA
Excellent 10.0

The staff was great and checking in was simple.

SFO
SEA
Good 7.3

Great entertainment system, great selection of movies. Comfortable and well kept up plane.

Controls for entertainment system were often broken. Flight boarded late. Few vegan snacks available.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ummm...I bought a ticket on Alaskan and it ended up being a Virgin aircraft.

There wasn’t a power outlet at my seat.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.0

Very late sound didn’t work

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Enough room for my legs

No head phones! Maybe offer while waiting before boarding!

Mon, Feb 4
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Tue, Feb 5
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 30m
Trip: 2 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
SFO
Good 7.6

Snotty steward in the back. Not pleasant.

DAL
SJC
Excellent 10.0

Coffee refills

All was good

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

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

SFO
RDU
Excellent 8.3

Boarding on time. Arrival on time. Clean plane. Decent leg room (I'm tall). Smooth flight.

Seat didn't go back. But the one in front sure did.

PDX
BUR
Mediocre 2.0

My first flight was over booked and I was nice enough to give up my seat, however Alaskan gave me a $250. Voucher for another time. But my frustration with the flight that I was put on to Seattle and the continuing flight from Seattle to Burbank was delayed and not arriving for another hour late at 10:45pm, therefore I had to make other arrangements for a ride home from the Burbank airport costing me more money to pay and Uber ride back home to Simi Valley. Getting home way later than I would’ve liked to (11:45pm) considering I have to be at work at 6am. So I wasn’t too pleased with the flight delays

Fri, Aug 31
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 35m
Tue, Sep 4
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 28m
Trip: 5 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
SFO
Okay 4.3

Flught was delayed for 2 hours

LAX
BOS
Mediocre 3.6

TV monitors for every seat was great. The selections were good and varied.

We sat in the back of the cabin and the two female flight attendants were talking during the whole 6-hour, red eye flight. Hard to sleep and hard to read to pass the time. Very rude, inconsiderate, and unprofessional.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Enough room for my legs

No head phones! Maybe offer while waiting before boarding!

SAN
SFO
Good 7.6

Snotty steward in the back. Not pleasant.

DAL
SJC
Excellent 10.0

Coffee refills

All was good

Thu, Jan 17
SAN
San Diego
SFO
San Francisco
1h 31m
Mon, Jan 21
SFO
San Francisco
SAN
San Diego
1h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 193 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SAN
SFO
Excellent 9.3

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
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

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

SAN
SFO
Good 7.0

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.

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
Good 7.0

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

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Rapid boarding and comfortable seat. The flight attendant was great!

Snack selection wasn't impressive, as was the onboard entertainment unit - small screen and no flight info/map. Also no lounge access in San Diego since our ticket was through Air Canada.

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