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Flights to San Francisco in 2024

Find the latest flights to San Francisco in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 506,061 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Popular in

December

Cheapest in

January

Average price

C$ 600

Round-trip from

C$ 309

One-way from

C$ 170
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Average for round-trip flights in April 2024
From Toronto to San Francisco
One-way flight from Toronto to San Francisco (SFO)

Average price of flights to San Francisco by month

Plan your trip to San Francisco by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to San Francisco is currently C$ 0 while a round-trip flight costs C$ 0. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to San Francisco (average of C$ 273). Flying to San Francisco in July will prove the most costly (average of C$ 430). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

C$ 377

February

C$ 384

March

C$ 493

April

C$ 448

May

C$ 494

June

C$ 494

July

C$ 593

August

C$ 548

September

C$ 511

October

C$ 511

November

C$ 544

December

C$ 505

Temperature and rainfall in San Francisco by month

Plan your trip to San Francisco by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

SFO

Temperature

11 - 17 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to San Francisco, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, September is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 17.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of January, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 11.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to San Francisco?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a round-trip flight to San Francisco. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
The price you pay for your flight to San Francisco may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 83 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.
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When is the cheapest time to fly to San Francisco?

Use this chart to determine the cheapest time to fly round-trip to San Francisco. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.
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Users looking for the lowest fares to San Francisco should consider flying on Thursday mornings, when prices are typically cheapest. Budget-minded travellers will want to avoid Sunday at noon, when prices are usually at their highest.
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Reviews of airlines servicing San Francisco

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to San Francisco. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to San Francisco. Reviews last updated 17 April 2024.
To help decide which airline to fly to San Francisco, see what other customers have to say about Air Canada, Alaska Airlines and Delta. You can also see how each airline stacks up in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

8.1
Very good
11,136 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

7.5
Good
3,010 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

7.3
Good
439 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

7.3
Good
14,974 reviews
8.1
Very good
9,091 reviews

Food

7.3

Comfort

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.6

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

7.3

Reviews

1 / 10

We paid $161 for two exit row seats thinking there’d be extra leg room and not be cramped! The price we paid was a rip-off for these seats and the plane was extremely narrow and cramped. The male crew were okay but not super-friendly. When we picked up our luggage at baggage claim, someone ripped my luggage with a knife or blunt object and destroyed it!! I will be filling a claim for this and took pictures. I heard great reviews about this airline but am disappointed.

Overview

The view alone of the Golden Gate Bridge glinting in the sunlight makes catching a cheap flight to San Francisco worth it. A vibrant city made up of several distinct and inviting neighbourhoods, San Fran is renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, and eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. North Beach is one of the most beloved neighbourhoods. Known for its cafe culture, it has everything that has made San Francisco famous: cable cars, roller-coaster-like streets, funky bars and bohemian life. Pacific Heights is swanky with elegant mansions; the Castro is known around the world as a centre for progressive gay culture; Chinatown is the largest of its kind that you will find without flying to Asia; and Haight-Ashbury, no longer the epicentre of hippie culture, still holds on to its laidback vibe even as its streets fill with exclusive boutiques and hip – though pricey – restaurants.

Culture buffs flying to San Francisco have endless venues and activities to choose from on their holidays. Located on a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the city is home to the San Francisco Opera, the second-largest company in the United States. The Fillmore Auditorium, a historic music venue, gained fame in the 1960s, housing a stage where now-famous musicians such as Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane first performed and created what is known as the “San Francisco Sound.” The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is home to cherished 20th Century and contemporary works of art. The California Academy of Sciences, a natural history museum, also hosts the Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium. San Francisco is home to great sports franchises such as the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL and two Major League Baseball teams: the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants.

Getting around San Francisco

Renting a car in San Francisco is more trouble than it’s worth. The city is covered with steep hills and one-way streets, traffic backups can be a nightmare and parking is scarce and expensive. You’ll only need a car if you’re heading out of town. It’s easy to get around on foot and the public transportation system can get you anywhere else. San Francisco’s main transportation network is the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni). It has 100 bus lines with electric trolley buses and the famous historic cable cars. Riding one of the cable cars from the Nob Hill down to Fisherman’s Wharf is an integral part of the San Francisco tourist experience. Check out the Muni Passports that offer unlimited rides for several days. Biking is a popular way to get around, but you’ll have to steel yourself to get up and over some of the hills. The easiest way to get a cab is calling ahead or lining up for one at a hotel stand. To get out of the city, you can hop aboard the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the fast and efficient subway linking the city to the East Bay. You can also catch one of the many ferries sailing for Sausalito, Larkspur and Tiburon.   

What is good to know if travelling to San Francisco?

  • Golden Gate Park, larger than Central Park in New York, is a wonderful green space. It boasts some major attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden, the Music Concourse Area, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum and the Academy of Sciences, one of the largest natural history museums in the world. 
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum has more than 7,500 plant species. The National AIDS Memorial Grove was first envisioned in 1988 by a small group of San Franciscans who were looking for a way to express their grief at the deaths of so many family members and friends. Today, this serene space is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS.
  • A starter list of free attractions for those on a budget includes the Cable Car Museum; Creativity Explored; Musée Mécanique in Fisherman’s Wharf, home to one of the largest privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in the world; Mission Dolores (although the suggested donation is $5), Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Centre; the Randall Museum (where children and adults can explore the creative aspects of art and science); galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute; the Wells Fargo Bank History Museum and the Tattoo Art Museum.
  • Alcatraz: more than just the prison where Al Capone and Robert Stroud and others languished, the island was the location of the first U.S. fort and lighthouse on the West Coast. Make reservations in advance, perhaps as you book your cheap flights to San Francisco, as tours fill up quickly. If visiting at the end of September, watch or join the Alcatraz Invitational Swim.
  • Wine country is just an hour or so from San Francisco. Most of California’s wineries are in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Napa Valley has more wineries and attracts more tourists. Sonoma is lower key with family-run wineries.
  • Pick up a CityPass. For little more than $50 you get a book containing tickets to San Francisco’s greatest attractions, at savings of almost 50 per cent. It’s valid for nine days from the first day of use and contains admission tickets to the following attractions: Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport, California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, Aquarium of the Bay and SF Museum of Modern Art.

San Francisco airport overview

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco and is the largest airport in the Bay Area and the second-busiest airport in California.

Comprising four terminals – Terminals 1, 2, 3 and the International Terminal – that form a ring around a multi-story Domestic Airport parking garage, San Francisco International is easy to navigate. Terminals 1-3 handle all domestic flights, while the International Terminal mainly manages international flights. Customs, immigrations and baggage claims are generally fast; staff are friendly, signage is good and transport to and from the airport is excellent.  Delays are common, though, due to the region’s adverse weather patterns; however, there are plans to extend the runways in order to aid aircraft flying in low visibility conditions.

San Francisco International is clean and modern. With its newly revamped Terminal 2 housing an award-winning aviation museum and library, along with an extensive array of retail, dining, entertainment and health establishments, it is truly a world-class facility.

Flights to San Francisco International Airport comes from a number of destinations worldwide, including Toronto, Paris, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Lima, Frankfurt, Singapore, San Salvador, Beijing, Mexico City, Sydney and Cancun, in addition to numerous domestic routes.

Related info for your journey

  • How long is the flight to San Francisco?

    Flights to San Francisco, California from Canada range from about 2.5h-8h. Your precise flight time will depend on several factors, including your departure city and the length and number of any layovers. If you’re departing from as far west as Vancouver and are flying direct, you’ll enjoy a flight that is one the shorter end of the spectrum at just about two and a half hours. Conversely, if your departure city is as far east as Montreal and you do not book a direct flight, your flight time may be several hours.

  • Where can you get direct flights to San Francisco from?

    You can book direct flights to San Francisco from several cities across Canada. If your departure city is Vancouver, you can choose from daily direct flights serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, and United Airlines. Air Canada and United Airlines also provide daily direct flights from Montreal and Toronto. If your flight is non-direct, you can expect to stopover in such common layover cities for this route like Chicago, Minneapolis, Calgary, and/or Denver.

  • How do you get from the San Francisco airport to the city centre?

    When you fly into San Francisco, you’ll alight at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is about 25 km south of San Francisco city centre. To reach the city centre from the airport, you have several options. The fastest option, and most expensive, is to hail a taxi from one of the multiple taxi ranks outside the terminals. It will cost you about C$53, with a journey time of about 30 minutes. Another option is to take an Uber or Lyft ridesharing program, which will take about the same amount of time as a taxi but cost around C$35. A cheaper option is to utilize the local rapid transit system, BART, from the airport to your destination in the city centre. It will take around 45-60 minutes and cost about C$11.50. You can also take a shared shuttle service from the airport to San Francisco city centre, which takes about 45-75 minutes and cost about C$23.

  • What are some things to do in San Francisco?

    San Francisco is located along the coastline of northern California, boasting beautiful natural scenery and thriving urban setting equally. It’s a city well-known for its rich culture and outstanding attractions, so there’s plenty to see and do when here for a visit. A visit to Fishermans’ Wharf is a must, San Francisco’s famous dock area loaded with boats, shops, and eateries. Along with nearby Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, it’s one of the most iconic spots in the city. Equally iconic is the Golden Gate Bridge. Get the best view of this massive red structure by spending time at scenic Golden Gate Park. Another great way to see the bridge is to book a bay cruise, which also affords you glimpses of infamous Alcatraz.

  • Do I need a passport or visa to fly to San Francisco?

    Canadian citizens travelling to San Francisco, California need a valid passport as with visiting any city in the United States, although is visa is not required for visits.

  • What does SFO mean?

    SFO is a unique code, commonly called an IATA code, used in the aviation industry to identify airports. This code, along with many others, are defined by IATA (International Air Transport Association). A SFO flight refers to a flight to San Francisco Airport.

  • What airport do you fly into for flights to San Francisco?

    For a flight to San Francisco, you will be flying into San Francisco. San Francisco (SFO) is just 19.0 km from the centre of the city. San Francisco is the only San Francisco airport and it handles 13 daily flights from Toronto. 14 airlines have flights from Toronto to San Francisco on a regular basis.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to San Francisco if I am willing to have layovers?

    Yes, flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to San Francisco on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to San Francisco?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Flair Airlines is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to San Francisco.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in San Francisco?

    San Francisco Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in San Francisco. One-way flights to San Francisco Airport typically cost C$ 26, while round-trip flights cost around C$ 110.

  • How much is a round-trip flight to San Francisco?

    A round-trip flight to San Francisco will typically cost around C$ 1,355, however they can be found for as little as C$ 80.

  • Where does the fastest flight to San Francisco depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to San Francisco, Vancouver offers the quickest one-way flight (2 hours 27 minutes).

  • Does San Francisco Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at San Francisco Airport can take advantage of the rental car services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to San Francisco Airport?

    Yes. San Francisco Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Grand Hyatt At Sfo is the closest property to San Francisco Airport (1.6 km away from San Francisco Airport).

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