|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 7% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 607||Average for round-trip flights in October 2021|
|Round-trip from||C$ 398||From Toronto to San Francisco|
|One-way from||C$ 12||One-way flight from Toronto to San Francisco (SFO)|
Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to San Francisco within the United States
Most visitors from USA need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter San Francisco.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from USA must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to San Francisco.
Visitors from USA are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.
Returning to USA from San Francisco
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to USA.
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering USA.
YTO - SFO
C$ 422 - C$ 668
15 - 25 °C
0 - 120 mm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travellers will need to book flights to San Francisco (SFO) if they wish to fly to San Francisco. The San Francisco airport is 19.0 km from the city centre.
San Francisco has seen a 70% increase in demand for flights to the city compared to last year.