Cheap Flights to San Francisco

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When is the best time to fly to San Francisco?

Peak season:

Not only do millions of travellers take cheap flights to San Francisco each year for holidays, it is also a popular world-class convention and conference destination. Summer months (June to August) are the peak season for tourism and business travellers, so be prepared for hotels near top sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury and the colourful Chinatowns to be booked up early. The city comes alive in the warmer months with many festivals, street fairs and special events taking place. San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, but summer weather can be changeable, with fog, wind and cooler temperatures, so always bring extra layers and a light jacket.

Off season:

Winter (December to February) is the off season with winter temps hovering about the 15C mark, chill winds and more fog. Come armed with layers and wet weather gear too as the city gets everything from light rain showers, to torrential downpours. Some positive reasons to visit in winter are the ballet and opera seasons, you’ll find the cheapest flights to San Francisco and hotel rates are lower.

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

The best time to book flights to San Francisco is from September to November, when the city gets a late burst of sun, known as an ‘Indian Summer’, and the fog rolls away. This is the sweet spot for visiting as there are less tourists, better weather and good deals on hotels. Spring can also be a good time to visit before the peak season price hikes. Whale watchers will want to book flight tickets, as this is a popular activity at certain times of the year; for Grey Whales this is winter / spring, and for other whales; summer / autumn.

How long is the flight to San Francisco?

Flights from Sydney to San Francisco - 13 hours 40 minutes.

Flights from Melbourne to San Francisco - 16 hours.

Flights from Brisbane to San Francisco - 16 hours 05 minutes.

Flights from Perth to San Francisco - 19 hours 25 minutes.

Which airlines operate flights to San Francisco?

Qantas and United Airlines operate regular direct flights to San Francisco from Sydney, or you can take a connecting flight from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with airlines such as Air New Zealand (via Auckland), Hawaiian Air (via Honolulu) or American Airlines (via Los Angeles).

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

After your flight lands at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), there are several options for getting to the city. There is a direct rail link to the city from the airport BART station on the Departures level of the International Terminal. SamTrans buses run regularly into downtown San Francisco or anywhere else you need to go. Shared shuttles are available and don’t need to be booked before 11pm, and taxi zones are on outside the arrivals building. For accessing other terminals, the AirTrain is a free people-mover that connects all four terminals. San Francisco’s historic streetcars and cable cars are a great way to see the city as they access the most popular tourist destinations.

San Francisco insider information

  • Feeling brave? San Francisco’s darker side can be discovered on a two hour creepy walking tour to lesser known parts of the city.
  • If you’ve got a boat fetish or just like being near the water, then you’ll want to stay at this Nautical themed hotel in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Free city walking tours immediately made us feel a little richer in the pocket. Find out about the free walking tours in the USA, including San Francisco.

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How much do things cost in San Francisco?

1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 41.78
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.26
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 4.43
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.16
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 10.13
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 2.67
$ 5.56
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 10.13
Bottle of wine
$ 18.99
Large bottle of water
$ 2.70
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 10.76
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 2.90
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 106.91
Pair of jeans
$ 68.74
How much does an apartment cost in San Francisco?
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 4162
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 7565
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 3276
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 5391

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