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Cheap Flights to San Francisco

Popular in December High demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest in February Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price C$ 637 Average for round-trip flights in August 2020
Round-trip from C$ 235 From Toronto to San Francisco
One-way from C$ 116 One-way flight from Toronto to San Francisco
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Cheapest prices for San Francisco flights by month

January
C$ 454
February
C$ 468
March
C$ 521
April
C$ 501
May
C$ 479
June
C$ 530
July
C$ 556
August
C$ 540
September
C$ 463
October
C$ 485
November
C$ 548
December
C$ 582
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to San Francisco is January. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to San Francisco?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
YTO - SFO
Price
C$ 454 - C$ 718
SFO
Temperature
15 - 25 °C
SFO
Rainfall
0 - 120 mm
Flying to San Francisco in January is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. September tends to be the warmest period in San Francisco so if you are looking for sun or warmer climates then look to fly around this time. December is the wettest if you need to factor this in to your plans.

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

The best time to book flights to San Francisco is 57 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.

Which day is cheapest to fly to San Francisco?

The cheapest flights to San Francisco are usually found when departing on a Tuesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Monday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to San Francisco?

San Francisco flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

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.

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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.

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.   

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