Cheap Flights
to San Francisco

Cheap flights to San Francisco should be available on some of the many domestic and international airlines which serve San Francisco International Airport. It's a major west coast hub, like Los Angeles.

The Golden Gate Bridge by moonlight, from

For anyone planning to drive the Pacific Coast Highway, a cheap flight to San Francisco is a good starting point, if you can get one. Low-cost airlines flying to San Francisco include Southwest Airlines, SkyWest, Virgin America, and JetBlue.

Just a few of the many major international carriers are Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, and Virgin Atlantic. Major US airlines flying into San Francisco include American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United Airlines, and US Airways.

CityPASS San Francisco

If you're going to be spending any time in San Francisco then we really recommend doing what we did, and getting a San Francisco CityPASS. Not only does it get you into some of the top attractions like the California Academy of Sciences and the Aquarium of the Bay, it also includes a 7-day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport and a free cruise in San Francisco Bay. We definitely got full use of ours! 

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco airport (code: SFO; tel: 800/435-9736 or 650/821-8211; website: is ideally located for driving south down the Pacific Coast Highway. It's right on Highway 101, near the junction with Highway 380, about 13 miles south of the city center.

Rather than take 101, though, we recommend taking 380 then 280 North, then take Exit 47 onto CA-1 South, cutting across to the coast to start your Pacific Coast Highway drive that way. It should only be a 15-20 minute drive and you'll be seeing the ocean, and there are plenty of car rental places at the airport if you want to collect a hire car there.

Cheap Flights to San Francisco: International

Many international airlines use San Francisco International, which increases the chance of finding a budget flight bargain. In addition to the airlines mentioned above, some of the other international carriers are Air Berlin, Singapore Airlines, the Central American airline TACA, Swiss International Air Lines, Philippine Airlines, Aeroméxico, Mexicana, LAN Peru, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, and Asiana Airlines.

Don't miss our page on San Francisco Airport Hotels!

Cheap Flights Canada-San Francisco

As well as Air Canada, there are seasonal low-cost flights on WestJet to San Francisco from Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Cheap Flights to San Francisco: Domestic

Some of the best options for cheap flights within the USA will be with Southwest Airlines, who fly to San Francisco from Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Phoenix, and San Diego.

Other budget air fares may be available through the following airlines, though some routes only operate seasonally:
AirTran Airways, who fly to San Francisco from Atlanta and Milwaukee.
Alaska Airlines, flying not only from Anchorage but also Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, and Seattle.
Frontier Airlines, from Denver and Milwaukee to San Francisco.
Hawaiian Airlines, between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Horizon Air, linking San Francisco with Portland, Oregon.
JetBlue Airways, from San Francisco to Austin, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, and New York.
Sun Country Airlines, seasonally from San Francisco to Minneapolis/St. Paul.
United Express, serving numerous US destinations.
Virgin America, flying to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington-Dulles. 

Flying San Francisco-Los Angeles

If you want to drive the Pacific Coast Highway in one direction to or from Los Angeles and fly back, then cheap flight options include Southwest Airlines, who fly to both Los Angeles and John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Virgin America, and JetBlue, who fly San Francisco-Long Beach. Other airlines flying the route and who might be worth checking for special offers are American Airlines and United.

For more information visit our Cheap Flights to Los Angeles page.

Flying San Francisco-San Diego

Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, and United all fly between San Diego and San Francisco.

Also check our Cheap Flights to San Diego page.

Flying San Francisco-Seattle

Alaska Airlines has flights between San Francisco and Seattle, and so does Virgin America. United Airlines also fly this route and could be worth checking for any cheap flights to San Francisco that they might have on special offer.

See some other San Francisco pages

  • San Francisco

    Information about San Francisco, including what to see, where to stay, where to eat, and links to sources of information including the official visitor website.

  • San Francisco Airport Hotels

    San Francisco Airport hotels include a Grand Hyatt, La Quinta, Westin, Marriott, Super 8 and bayfront hotels ranging from budget to 5-star luxury.

  • Perfect Day in San Francisco

    The Perfect Day in San Francisco is what's promised by the new guidebook from Lonely Planet in their Make My Day series, but does it deliver?

  • Your Insider's Guide to San Francisco

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel's book review of Insider's Guide to San Francisco guidebook by Jill Loeffler, publisher of the San Francisco Tourism Tips website.

  • San Francisco Best Chinatown Restaurants

    San Francisco has some of the best Chinatown restaurants in the USA, and its Chinese restaurants provide superb dining. Here are our top eating places.

  • San Francisco Sightseeing Tours

    San Francisco sightseeing tours can be by helicopter, bike, walking, eating in Chinatown, touring the gay area or trips to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

  • San Francisco Music Tour on the Magic Bus to Haight-Ashbury

    Take a San Francisco Music Tour with Magic Bus, a trip through the musical past to Haight-Ashbury, the City Lights Bookstore and the Summer of Love.

  • Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge

    A selection of the best Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway Travel website, for travel and photographic inspiration.

  • Free San Francisco Kindle Guide to Free Attractions

    101 free San Francisco attractions and things to do are in the Kindle guide, 101 Free Things to Do in San Francisco, in the Travel Free eGuidebooks series.

  • Cheap San Francisco

    Cheap San Francisco is what Frommer's guidebook San Francisco Free and Dirt Cheap, is about, including budget hotels and hostels, and free things to do,

  • Best Nightlife in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences

    The Best Nightlife in San Francisco could be at the California Academy of Sciences where once a week it becomes a temporary nightclub.

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