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Low Season:
October
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High Season:
July
Most popular time to fly
12%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$224
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$148
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Diego to San Francisco

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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 $148 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Diego to San Francisco was found 32 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 June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is October.
Morning departure is around 6% 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 25m, covering a distance of 447 miles.
How many flights are there between San Diego and San Francisco?
There are 1,172 (nonstop) flights between San Diego and San Francisco per week, averaging 173 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 ($97), Multiple Airlines ($107) and Virgin America ($107).
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 (25 times daily), United (24 times daily), Southwest (18 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 Sunday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to San Diego, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Diego
$97
only
$97
Destination
San Francisco
$97
only
$97
Wed, May 23
SAN
SFO
1h 35m
Wed, May 30
SFO
SAN
1h 25m
Trip: 8 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 16911 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Friendly and helpful. Let my son sit in the pilots seat!!

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Stewards were friendly and accommodating! Hope to encounter some again!

N/A

HNL
SEA
Good 7.5

Love the fact Alaskan has a few more inches of leg room. The plane was actually at a good temperature rather than the normal freezing!

Boarding and disembarking is SO slow at pretty much all airlines. It would be great if SOMEONE would come up with a better plan.

SJD
SEA
Excellent 8.3

Flew in premium economy - relatively comfortable. They had really good cheeseburgers for sale. The flight attendants were all professional. Had a special captain who came out of the cockpit to speak to the passengers over the intercomm. He was funny, personable and helped get the flight off on the right foot. I have about 350,000 miles with Alaska and about twice that number on other airlines. This was the first time I ever experienced such a personable interaction from a pilot. Flight attendants can be entertaining but pilots usually are too serious to make the passengers happy to be on board.

They did not have Priority boarding for first class and MVP.

SEA
MCI
Good 6.5

Extra leg room in economy.

Only 3 bathrooms for the entire economy class. The cabin was freezing.

Tue, Mar 13
SAN
SFO
1h 29m
Sat, Mar 17
SFO
SAN
1h 34m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Apr 3
SAN
SFO
1h 29m
Thu, Apr 5
SFO
SAN
1h 35m
Trip: 3 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 539 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
SAN
SFO
Good 6.3

None

None

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Staff was rude

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Overall good.

Delayed flights but thats bound to happen. Crew always kept us u to date.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Flight left late and we had to wait for a gate once we arrived

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.6

Leg space in economy is satisfactory. The entertainment system is perfect.

The flight departed 2 hours late. The airline didn’t communicatw the delay via email. We found out when we arrived at the airport.

Sat, Aug 18
SAN
SFO
1h 31m
Tue, Aug 21
SFO
SAN
1h 26m
Trip: 4 days
6.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.8 Good
Based on 169 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

They gave us free tv since we had to wait so long and they made us wait for an hour on the tarmac.

We had a connecting flight from San Francisco that we missed due to their delays. We still don't know why it was delayed. They didnt give a clear or concise reason for the delays. Our flight landed a few minutes before our connecting flight departed and instead of holding the plane like they have done in other reviews I've read they actually took off early. We were automatically given tickets to the next flight out to our final destination (which was 6 hours later.) This was sucky but we didn't have control over it so we dealt with it. However when we went to customer service to print our new tickets we were "greeted" with two apathetic employees. The first one we didn't actually get to interact with because after waiting in line for 10 minutes when it was finally our turn he held his hand up to stop us from walking up to the counter and just left. No explanation just headed out. So we headed over to the "premier" line for a procedure that should literally take 3 minutes to interact with the next employee who made it somehow our fault that we were mildly upset with the situation. My father always told me United "sucks" we gave them a chance but we should have heeded his fatherly advice. Oh and a bonus my traveling partner has a broken pelvis so sitting around for hours on end was just salt to the wound.

SAN
SFO
Good 6.0

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.

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

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

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
Good 6.3

I was able to board on time. Service in-flight was ok.

I wasn't able to check-in at the self-serve kiosk. Customer service took a long time and helped two people that got in the inexistent line after me first. During the flight my seat was broken, wouldn't recline. I don't like I can't turn off the screen if I want to, rather I have to put up with that undesired content someone else manages.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 3.3

Economy seats are suitable for children but not a grown adult

Sat, Jun 2
SAN
SFO
1h 35m
Tue, Jun 5
SFO
SAN
1h 25m
Trip: 4 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 16911 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

SEA
MSP
Excellent 10.0

great crew

PSC
SEA
Good 6.3

Alaska Airlines has a great fruit and cheese plate for $7.50. GOGO app gives a good selection of movies, tv shows and HGTV!

Attendant was much more pleasant to the two men around me. Such a full flight, we were told to sit down until the food cart was done to access the lavatory. Too narrow of an aisle!

SEA
IAH
Excellent 8.0

Beautiful scenery that included seeing Mt. Adams, Mount Hood and flying right by Mt Rainier.

Crammed in like sardines! Had to wait for other planes to leave so we could park the plane.

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Stewards were friendly and accommodating! Hope to encounter some again!

N/A

Sat, Apr 14
SAN
SFO
1h 31m
Sun, Apr 15
SFO
SAN
1h 30m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, May 18
SAN
SFO
1h 35m
Sun, May 20
SFO
SAN
1h 25m
Trip: 3 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 16911 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
STL
SEA
Excellent 8.0

On time

Late at night

SEA
MSP
Excellent 10.0

great crew

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Friendly and helpful. Let my son sit in the pilots seat!!

STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

HNL
SEA
Good 7.5

Love the fact Alaskan has a few more inches of leg room. The plane was actually at a good temperature rather than the normal freezing!

Boarding and disembarking is SO slow at pretty much all airlines. It would be great if SOMEONE would come up with a better plan.

Tue, Jul 24
SAN
SFO
1h 32m
Thu, Jul 26
SFO
SAN
1h 25m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Aug 1
SAN
SFO
1h 25m
Sat, Aug 11
SFO
SAN
1h 25m
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 28
SAN
SFO
1h 45m
Sat, Mar 3
SFO
SAN
1h 26m
Trip: 4 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 539 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

I like it

SAN
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Thirsty need more water faster. Thank you.

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Staff was rude

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Service

None

SAN
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Flight left late and we had to wait for a gate once we arrived

Sat, Mar 24
SAN
SFO
1h 32m
Tue, Mar 27
SFO
SAN
1h 28m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Feb 26
SAN
SFO
1h 41m
Fri, Mar 2
SFO
SAN
1h 29m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, Feb 18
SAN
SFO
1h 39m
Mon, Feb 19
SFO
SAN
1h 29m
Trip: 2 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 539 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.7
SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Ran on time and smoothly

No complaints

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.3

Very nice gate staff. Flight attendants were pleasant.

Old plane with broken armrests.

SAN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

I like it

SAN
SFO
Okay 4.0

Get over it San Diego check in agents — not everything in your lives is Alaska Airlines’ fault. A tad of civility to your customers might go a long way to retaining your jobs.

SAN
SFO
Okay 5.6

Leg space in economy is satisfactory. The entertainment system is perfect.

The flight departed 2 hours late. The airline didn’t communicatw the delay via email. We found out when we arrived at the airport.

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San Diego to San Francisco Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 1h 30m
Flights Arrive in San Francisco
Flights Depart from San Diego
Flight Price $97
Distance 447 miles
Airlines Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, United
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