Cheap flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles (SFO - LAX)

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The best prices from San Francisco to Los Angeles are usually found in July or January, booked 34 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Thursday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX)

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to LAX flight in 2021: compare San Francisco to Los Angeles flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Los Angeles.
SFO - LAX
Price
$126 - $157
LAX
Temperature
57.2 - 73.4 °F
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Precipitation
0 - 3.4 inches

Popular in

November

High demand for flights, 10% potential price rise

Cheapest in

July

Best time to find cheap flights, 11% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$126

From San Francisco to Los Angeles

One-way from

$36

One-way flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles (SFO - LAX)?

It’s optimal to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the morning. By choosing this option you can save up to 16% on the cost of your flight, compared to a flight in the afternoon.

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Users have found that booking a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles at least 31 days early can save you up to 106% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 31 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles for as little as $180 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as $272 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

July can be a great time to fly to Los Angeles from San Francisco with a flight ticket averaging about $142. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of July for as cheap as $96. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of November.

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles are found to be more expensive on Thursday. This shouldn't discourage you from searching as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Los Angeles.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles in October, November 2021

The best prices found for SFO to LAX flights for October, November
15 Nov - 16 Nov
$49pp
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Alaska Airlines
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4 Nov - 7 Nov
$50pp
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15 Nov - 15 Nov
$64pp
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San Francisco to Los Angeles 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Los Angeles from San Francisco found for this year
1 Dec - 11 Mar
$36pp
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13 Dec - 17 Dec
$39pp
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15 Nov - 16 Nov
$49pp
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Non-stop flights to Los Angeles from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Los Angeles direct flight deals
1 Dec - 11 Mar
$36pp
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13 Dec - 17 Dec
$39pp
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21 Mar - 31 Mar
$40pp
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Last minute flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Late deals on round-trip flights to Los Angeles from San Francisco, departing today and this week
26 Oct - 26 Oct
$77pp
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23 Oct - 1 Nov
$79pp
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26 Oct - 31 Oct
$87pp
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One-way flights to Los Angeles from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
4:40 am - 6:18 am
Major Airline
Nonstop
1h 38m
SFO - LAX
Major Airline
$36
StudentUniverse
2:00 am - 3:30 am
Delta
Nonstop
1h 30m
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Delta
$39
Delta
5:15 am - 6:51 am
American Airlines
Nonstop
1h 36m
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Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Los Angeles

What airports do I use to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

To fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you need to book a flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX). Nonstop flights to Los Angeles from San Francisco take 1h 12m on average. When it comes time to book airfare, you have a few options: there are 97 outbound flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles offered by 15 different airlines.

Which airlines flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles for under $100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Alaska Airlines for just $36, but on average you can expect to pay $58.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles for under $100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles under $100. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles is less than $59.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Los Angeles for under $100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles within the next 7 days for less than $100.

What days are nonstop flights available from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Nonstop flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

How popular is this San Francisco to Los Angeles flight route?

The San Francisco to Los Angeles flight path was viewed by 791 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

How many flights depart from San Francisco to Los Angeles on average per day?

On average 15 flights depart from San Francisco to Los Angeles per day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 40% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 20% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 40% of flight departures

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Departing from San Francisco to Los Angeles will take you 1h 28m. The distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is about 339 mi. All flights are typically nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles round-trip?

Flying on Alaska Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Los Angeles, with prices starting at $36. Additional round-trip tickets that might be worth considering are offered by Major Airline and American Airlines, with the lowest prices starting at $73 and $74, respectively. Alaska Airlines is 74% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles one-way?

For one-way options, check prices for Alaska Airlines. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $20. Users have also found prices from $36 and $39 on Major Airline and Delta, respectively.

What are the most reliable airlines from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Consider Fiji Airways (100%), KLM (97%) or British Airways (97%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

When booking a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you may want to consider flying on Amtrak, Train or Bus as they are the most popular for this route.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Looking at all options, your cheapest flight can be booked for $48. While the most popular route (San Francisco - Los Angeles) can be booked for $64 on average our data indicates $255 when flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

The average flight time from San Francisco to Los Angeles is a short one and a half hours, and most flights offer direct service without a layover due to San Francisco being just up the coast.

Which airlines operate flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Many of the major U.S. carriers offer service from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Daily service is available on Spirit, United, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America just to name a few.

How frequent are flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles?

Flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles are fairly frequent, with early flights taking off at 6 a.m. PST or earlier and later flights available up until midnight or later. High business travel volume between the two Californian cities ensures you'll almost always find a flight to fit your scheduling needs.

Which airports serve San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Passengers are served by five airports in the Los Angeles area, with Los Angeles International Airport - widely known as LAX - seeing the most traffic. Other airports in the area include Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly, Bob Hope Airport), Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport and Ontario Airport. San Francisco is served by four airports, and the two major hubs are San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport, located just across the bay. Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport round out the offerings for the area when it comes to booking flights.

Which direct flight route between San Francisco and Los Angeles is cheapest?

The cheapest direct flight between San Francisco and Los Angeles is a nonstop fare from Oakland International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, although San Francisco International Airport runs a close second in terms of cost. Research your travel time and cost to get to the airport before making your final departure airport decision. San Francisco and Los Angeles are prime examples of the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the state of California. Visitors flock to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and continue on to relaxed tours through the Napa Valley countryside with stops at wineries along the way. Los Angeles offers the bright lights of a big city and all of the fun that Hollywood has to offer. Nature lovers enjoy visits to Griffith Park and its winding trails, while those in search of the sand can visit any of a number of beaches that line the coast from Malibu on down through Santa Monica and Huntington Beach. Ready to book a weekend getaway or week-long break to Los Angeles? Use our easy search engine to find flights and fares that fit your budget and your plans.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Los Angeles, CA

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Los Angeles from San Francisco?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Los Angeles within the United States

Most visitors from San Francisco need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Los Angeles.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Los Angeles.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering Los Angeles.

Do I need a test to fly back to San Francisco from Los Angeles?

Returning to San Francisco from Los Angeles

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Los Angeles must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to San Francisco.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Los Angeles are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

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Alternative routes for San Francisco to Los Angeles

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Los Angeles

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Flight duration from SFO to LAX
1h 28m
Average temperature for October in Los Angeles
78.8 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Los Angeles
1.2 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Los Angeles

Top 10 airlines flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
American Airlines
$53 $192 No cancel fee 71%
Delta
$53 $156 No cancel fee N/A
Alaska Airlines
$53 $166 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$54 $184 No cancel fee 69%
Spirit Airlines
$70 $142 No cancel fee 65%
Southwest
$72 $200 No cancel fee 63%
JetBlue
$93 $288 No cancel fee 62%
Endeavor Airlines
$105 $207 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Endeavor Airlines. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

JSX
$147 $279 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by JSX. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Linear Air Taxi
$1,693 $5,433 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Linear Air Taxi. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Los Angeles

See what time of day planes typically take off from San Francisco towards Los Angeles.
Morning 6 AM to noon 48% of SFO to LAX departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 35% of SFO to LAX departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 11% of SFO to LAX departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 6% of SFO to LAX departures
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Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Los Angeles
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Sunday
92 daily flights
Monday
81 daily flights
Tuesday
85 daily flights
Wednesday
112 daily flights
Thursday
131 daily flights
Friday
125 daily flights
Saturday
54 daily flights
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