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Low Season:
March
Best time to beat the crowds
5%
expected price decrease
High Season:
June
Most popular time to fly
27%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$1243
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$726
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to Beijing Capital

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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 $725 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Beijing Capital was found 22 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 May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is March.
Morning departure is around 4% 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 Francisco to Beijing Capital Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Beijing Capital take?
An average nonstop flight takes 12h 35m, covering a distance of 5901 miles.
How many flights are there between San Francisco and Beijing Capital?
There are 43 (nonstop) flights between San Francisco and Beijing Capital per week, averaging 6 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Beijing Capital?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($445), China Eastern ($469) and United ($490).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Francisco and Beijing Capital?
Yes.
Which airlines fly most frequently between San Francisco and Beijing Capital?
Air China (4 times daily), United (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly San Francisco to Beijing Capital?
For San Francisco to Beijing Capital, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from Beijing Capital back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$445
only
$445
Destination
Beijing
$445
only
$445
Sat, Jan 20
SFO
PEK
17h 55m
Tue, Jan 23
PEK
SFO
15h 26m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Feb 2
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Tue, Feb 13
PEK
SFO
11h 40m
Trip: 12 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Feb 15
SFO
PEK
29h 25m
Mon, Feb 26
PEK
SFO
31h 00m
Trip: 12 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4385 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
CMB
MLE
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Everything

PVG
SIN
Okay 4.3

Flight was on time. Staff efficient.

Seats were uncomfortable. Tv’s kept cutting out. It was so loud.

PVG
AKL
Excellent 8.0

the pleasantries

the unpleasantries

KMG
CNX
Excellent 8.0

got us there on time, Customer care was helpful but wish there was an easier way to fix a problem at the airport instead of calling in to a help desk.

they didn't have the arrival cards for me, which they usually do. Traveling with 4 kids by myself and having to do customs by myself without the time on the plane to work through the cards made it difficult. Also there was a typing error on one of my children's tickets that was an airline error but still requires a phone call from me and a fine to fix even with the plane leaving in one hour and having three other children at the gate waiting. There has to be an easier way to fix a mistake that happens in the airport.

JFK
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Flight was delayed two hour and I still Waiting for my 2 lugages. I will never use this company again .

Fri, Feb 16
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Sat, Apr 7
PEK
SFO
12h 00m
Trip: 50 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 8 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
AMS
Mediocre 2.0

I didn't go. It was $400 just to change my name on my ticket from my maiden name to my married name. I am so disappointed and will never use Kayak again!!!

BOI
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

I found the reason for being late to be questionable They said heavy snow but as i flew in i looked out the window and saw all roads nicely cleared That does not happen in 3 hours

They did not get my liggage to the connecting flight And here i am in Ukraine with no winter clothes at 7 below 3 days later

AUS
IAH
Mediocre 2.6

flights delayed overall

service. flights were delayed and they said there was nothing they could do

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!)

SFO
PEK
Mediocre 3.3

Can you imagine there's no movies or games during this 12-hour international flight? It's very hard and made the trip much more longer and so tired. I suggest the airline to do something to make the customers happy, such as to issue a free air ticket or a big coupon for my next trip.

Wed, Feb 14
SFO
PEK
26h 10m
Thu, Mar 1
PEK
SFO
20h 24m
Trip: 16 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

DFW
BMI
Mediocre 3.6

I didn’t make this flight.

SNA
DFW
Mediocre 3.6

We were unfortunately stuck on the tarmac for 45 minutes. I ran to my connecting gate but they had already closed it. There wasn’t a service rep at the gate. I walked to another gate and there was a very helpful rep who rebooked me to a nearby city. It overall was disappointing and caused me to get home about 3 1/2 hours later.

SLC
CLT
Okay 4.0

Flight attendants

The flight got delayed from salt lake and we had to spend a day in Charlotte before another flight came

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

Fri, Jan 26
SFO
PEK
26h 25m
Fri, Feb 2
PEK
SFO
24h 44m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Feb 7
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Wed, Mar 7
PEK
SFO
11h 40m
Trip: 29 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Jan 22
SFO
PEK
19h 45m
Sat, Mar 3
PEK
SFO
17h 55m
Trip: 41 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4385 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
HNL
PVG
Excellent 10.0

I enjoyed Honolulu to Shanghai journey meal was provided as expected vegetarian meal (on request) really appreciate your service, hope I will receive the same on my upcoming return trip to Honolulu.

Well it's a small flight from Shanghai to Bangkok and no entertainment on board.

KMG
CNX
Excellent 8.0

got us there on time, Customer care was helpful but wish there was an easier way to fix a problem at the airport instead of calling in to a help desk.

they didn't have the arrival cards for me, which they usually do. Traveling with 4 kids by myself and having to do customs by myself without the time on the plane to work through the cards made it difficult. Also there was a typing error on one of my children's tickets that was an airline error but still requires a phone call from me and a fine to fix even with the plane leaving in one hour and having three other children at the gate waiting. There has to be an easier way to fix a mistake that happens in the airport.

PVG
SIN
Okay 4.3

Flight was on time. Staff efficient.

Seats were uncomfortable. Tv’s kept cutting out. It was so loud.

LAX
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Liked the information provided and smooth boarding

Drink service was spotty, very limited and not pleasant. The meals were skimpy on portions, and variety. Only two meals and no snacks were provided. Was difficult getting more beverages. Only beer and wine. Small seats but then every airline has small seats these days. Seats also do not recline as hey once did

JFK
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Flight was delayed two hour and I still Waiting for my 2 lugages. I will never use this company again .

Tue, Mar 6
SFO
PEK
17h 55m
Fri, Mar 30
PEK
SFO
19h 16m
Trip: 24 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Mar 5
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Wed, Apr 11
PEK
SFO
12h 00m
Trip: 37 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 8 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
DEN
FLL
Excellent 10.0

Phone charging outlet under my seat didn't work.

SFO
PEK
Mediocre 3.3

Can you imagine there's no movies or games during this 12-hour international flight? It's very hard and made the trip much more longer and so tired. I suggest the airline to do something to make the customers happy, such as to issue a free air ticket or a big coupon for my next trip.

IAD
BRU
Excellent 8.3

Very friendly cabin crew made this trip pleasant and entertaining.

Despite plenty of empty seats, the ground personnel would not consider changing our seat assignment at the gate to allow us to sit together.

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!)

SFO
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Air attendant is disruptive and throwing her own opinions at people without listening and disrespectfulness. But it was a good chance for me to debating in English.

Mon, Apr 2
SFO
PEK
24h 45m
Thu, Apr 12
PEK
SFO
22h 12m
Trip: 11 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

ORD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing - the flight from Chicago to Philadelphia was delayed by about 2 hours. Luckily, was able to get the flight switched to a Chicago - London direct flight.

The connecting flight from Philadelphia to Manchester would've been missed. So, American Airlines booked the same flight for 24 hours later. Luckily, they offered a different flight. Due to the flight changes, the prepaid ground transportation from Manchester to Leeds wasn't used. Transportation from London to Leeds had to be purchased at a much greater additional expense.

SLC
CLT
Okay 4.0

Flight attendants

The flight got delayed from salt lake and we had to spend a day in Charlotte before another flight came

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

Tue, Mar 13
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Fri, Mar 16
PEK
SFO
11h 40m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Jan 25
SFO
PEK
29h 25m
Tue, Feb 6
PEK
SFO
15h 50m
Trip: 13 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4385 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
JFK
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Flight was delayed two hour and I still Waiting for my 2 lugages. I will never use this company again .

LAX
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Liked the information provided and smooth boarding

Drink service was spotty, very limited and not pleasant. The meals were skimpy on portions, and variety. Only two meals and no snacks were provided. Was difficult getting more beverages. Only beer and wine. Small seats but then every airline has small seats these days. Seats also do not recline as hey once did

ORD
PVG
Excellent 8.0

the goodness

the ungoodness

HNL
PVG
Excellent 10.0

I enjoyed Honolulu to Shanghai journey meal was provided as expected vegetarian meal (on request) really appreciate your service, hope I will receive the same on my upcoming return trip to Honolulu.

Well it's a small flight from Shanghai to Bangkok and no entertainment on board.

JFK
PVG
Mediocre 2.6

We spent 2 hours at the check in because China eastern changed our connecting time and we were going to miss our flight. The food was terrible, they lost my husbands luggage. We are on our honeymoon and he has no clothes. And they put us up in a very dirty hotel.

Mon, Mar 26
SFO
PEK
18h 43m
Thu, Apr 26
PEK
SFO
19h 17m
Trip: 32 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Mar 7
SFO
PEK
12h 40m
Wed, Apr 11
PEK
SFO
12h 00m
Trip: 35 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 8 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
BRU
Excellent 8.3

Very friendly cabin crew made this trip pleasant and entertaining.

Despite plenty of empty seats, the ground personnel would not consider changing our seat assignment at the gate to allow us to sit together.

SFO
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Air attendant is disruptive and throwing her own opinions at people without listening and disrespectfulness. But it was a good chance for me to debating in English.

BOI
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

I found the reason for being late to be questionable They said heavy snow but as i flew in i looked out the window and saw all roads nicely cleared That does not happen in 3 hours

They did not get my liggage to the connecting flight And here i am in Ukraine with no winter clothes at 7 below 3 days later

ORD
YUL
Mediocre 2.0

the comped hotel

Improper handling of situation. There was flight scheduled later, but CS agent kept jerking us around. By the time I reached the United counter, the next flight was full. My total flight time was 36 hours. I still can’t believe that the pilot was missing. Worse yet, the agent at the gate could have made things much easier instead of telling everyone that a pilot was on his way to the airport.

MCO
IAH
Mediocre 3.0

Flight was cancelled on our way back home from Gudalajara, was speaking to a representative for almost 2 hours to get me on the next flight the flight representative forgot to put me on hold and told everyone how rude i was, i was not rude i was just trying to get home. The representative couldn’t help me so i asked to be transferred to a manager, after 2 hours i was transferred and the manager hung the phone up. Long story short i called back spoke to another manager Yana and she was the rudest lady ever! She basically told me for waiting to long i will have to be placed on a flight 2 days after my cancellation flight. I started to cry because i needed to be home and she basically did not care so i took the date. Never again and i will warn everyone about this airline and their customer service!

Mon, Apr 9
SFO
PEK
24h 45m
Thu, Apr 19
PEK
SFO
22h 12m
Trip: 11 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

MAD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Missed it!

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

DFW
PHL
Mediocre 3.0

They separated my bags, so I had to wait in Philadelphia for my bag to arrive on next flight 2 1/2 hours latter. Not happy after flying from Sydney.

Fri, Jan 26
SFO
PEK
29h 25m
Wed, Jan 31
PEK
SFO
36h 30m
Trip: 6 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4385 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
JFK
PVG
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Flight was delayed two hour and I still Waiting for my 2 lugages. I will never use this company again .

PVG
AKL
Excellent 8.0

the pleasantries

the unpleasantries

ORD
PVG
Excellent 8.0

the goodness

the ungoodness

KMG
CNX
Excellent 8.0

got us there on time, Customer care was helpful but wish there was an easier way to fix a problem at the airport instead of calling in to a help desk.

they didn't have the arrival cards for me, which they usually do. Traveling with 4 kids by myself and having to do customs by myself without the time on the plane to work through the cards made it difficult. Also there was a typing error on one of my children's tickets that was an airline error but still requires a phone call from me and a fine to fix even with the plane leaving in one hour and having three other children at the gate waiting. There has to be an easier way to fix a mistake that happens in the airport.

PVG
CRK
Mediocre 3.6

Not a full flight

Snack only for meal. Again limited beverages. Spotty service. Rude passenger behind me. Which is not Airlines fault I would not and will not ever recommend this Airlines or Shanghai airport again. Will do all my I can to avoid this experience again

Thu, Mar 29
SFO
PEK
18h 43m
Mon, Apr 16
PEK
SFO
19h 17m
Trip: 19 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 27
SFO
PEK
12h 35m
Sun, Apr 29
PEK
SFO
12h 00m
Trip: 34 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 8 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
PVG
ORD
Okay 4.6

Entertainment, and leg space.

Full plane, long wait to use lavatory. Crew was good, but should have upped their game under the circumstances, especially with regards to keeping the lavatory clean. The noodles for breakfast turned out to be porridge, and went straight to the waste basket.

DEN
FLL
Excellent 10.0

Phone charging outlet under my seat didn't work.

SFO
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Air attendant is disruptive and throwing her own opinions at people without listening and disrespectfulness. But it was a good chance for me to debating in English.

BOI
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

I found the reason for being late to be questionable They said heavy snow but as i flew in i looked out the window and saw all roads nicely cleared That does not happen in 3 hours

They did not get my liggage to the connecting flight And here i am in Ukraine with no winter clothes at 7 below 3 days later

IAH
PNS
Mediocre 2.0

delayed in piecemeal by 6 hrs before move to another gate. than mechanical delay and then cancelled. Arrived at hotel after midnight without food or drink. Substitute flight was next day noon - original offer was for late afternoon flight! That flight had poor service. Attendant dawdled so there were no drinks served.

Mon, Apr 30
SFO
PEK
24h 45m
Thu, May 10
PEK
SFO
16h 01m
Trip: 11 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 27334 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SFO
LAX
Excellent 10.0

great flight

DFW
GEG
Excellent 8.0

Food could have been better. Plane was 1/2 full. WiFi was not giving all the movies. Only 6 or 7 to choose from.

DFW
SAT
Okay 5.6

The flight was so short we did not even get a snack, only an offer of a bottle of water; this was simply due to to short length of the flight. Basic economy had my wife and I 16 rows apart each in a middle seat. I was in the very last seat on the plane. Flight attendants were attentive and surprisingly very nice, legroom is non-existent (same as every flight in plain coach).

High cost to prebook seats was twice what Spirit or Frontier would charge

MAD
PHL
Mediocre 2.0

Missed it!

TPA
DFW
Good 6.3

Decent boarding group, same snacks, same flight attendants (who were very nice)

My only gripe is that paying for an assigned seat is only allowed 48 hours before takeoff and costs at least $30, twice what Spirit charges to allow you to select a seat during booking, so it is worse. No one watched us to ensure that we didn’t use the overhead bins (a stipulation of the fare) but we did comply anyway. We chose to take our chances and were assigned seats at the gate 16 rows apart and both in the middle seat.

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San Francisco to Beijing Capital Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 12h 15m
Flights Arrive in Beijing Capital
Flights Depart from San Francisco
Flight Price $445
Distance 5901 miles
Airlines Major Airline, China Eastern, United, American Airlines
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