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The best prices from Chicago to San Francisco are usually found in February or January, booked 38 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Wednesday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
Chicago (CHI) to San Francisco (SFO)

CHI - SFO
Price
$236 - $321
SFO
Temperature
59 - 77 °F
SFO
Rainfall
0 - 4.7 inches
Popular in July High demand for flights, 11% potential price rise
Cheapest in February Best time to find cheap flights, 18% potential price drop
Round-trip from $236 From Chicago to San Francisco
One-way from $121 One-way flight from Chicago to San Francisco
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from Chicago to San Francisco?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Friday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

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

To save up to 20% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 44 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Chicago to San Francisco from $117 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $137 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Chicago to San Francisco?

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in April. For low rates, February can be a great choice for travel to San Francisco. Flights to San Francisco from Chicago in February are about $121 on average during February, but can be found for as low as $61.

Cheap flights from Chicago to San Francisco in July, August 2020

The best prices found for CHI to SFO flights for July, August
8 Jul - 11 Jul
$197pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
American Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
14 Jul - 21 Jul
$198pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
11 Jul - 18 Jul
$200pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to San Francisco 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Francisco from Chicago found for this year
22 Aug - 26 Aug
$189pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Oct - 9 Oct
$190pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
13 Oct - 20 Oct
$192pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Non-stop flights to San Francisco from Chicago

Save time with Chicago to San Francisco direct flight deals
11 Jul - 14 Jul
$197pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
5 Oct - 10 Oct
$201pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
22 Jul - 29 Jul
$216pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

Last minute flights from Chicago to San Francisco

Late deals on round-trip flights to San Francisco from Chicago, departing today and this week
28 Jun - 20 Jul
$230pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 Jun - 6 Jul
$235pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
28 Jun - 5 Jul
$244pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Sun Country Air
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl

One-way flights to San Francisco from Chicago

The cheapest one-way flights from Chicago to San Francisco
1:20 pm - 12:57 pm
Sun Country Air
1 Stop
25h 37m
ORD - SFO
Sun Country Air
5:16 am - 10:53 am
Delta
1 Stop
7h 37m
ORD - SFO
Delta
$123
Delta
4:38 pm - 4:05 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
13h 27m
ORD - SFO
Multiple Airlines
$128
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Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Chicago to San Francisco flights.

Flight FAQs

From Chicago to San Francisco

Are flight prices decreasing from Chicago to San Francisco due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both Chicago and San Francisco for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

Can I find flights from Chicago to San Francisco for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Chicago to San Francisco for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $189, but on average you can expect to pay $202.

Are there nonstop flights from Chicago to San Francisco for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from Chicago to San Francisco under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from Chicago to San Francisco is less than $242.

Are there last-minute flights available from Chicago to San Francisco for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Chicago to San Francisco within the next 7 days for less than $300.

What days are nonstop flights available from Chicago to San Francisco?

You can find nonstop flights on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

How popular is this flight route?

This flight path from Chicago to San Francisco was viewed by 307 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

What is the cheapest airline for this route?

While looking for the best option consider United Parcel Service, Inc., our data currently shows that they have the cheapest flight available for the flight path. When traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, generally 15 flights depart for this route daily.

How long does the flight from Chicago to San Francisco take?

Your journey will take you approximately 5 hours. Your flight will cover a distance of about 1,150 miles.

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

On average, you can expect to see 17 flights from Chicago to San Francisco a day.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 12% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 29% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 59% of flight departures

Is Chicago weather warmer or cooler than San Francisco?

We forecast the temperature to be around the 84 °F's in July, on average. The temperature in San Francisco is generally colder than in Chicago. Book flights in a timely manner in correlation to your departure date.

Alternative routes for Chicago to San Francisco

Destination information for San Francisco

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Chicago to San Francisco
Flight duration
4h 22m
Average temperature for July in San Francisco
71.6 °F
Avg rainfall for July in San Francisco
0.0 ″

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing San Francisco

Hourly flight availability from Chicago to San Francisco

Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 45% of CHI to SFO departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 36% of CHI to SFO departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 18% of CHI to SFO departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of CHI to SFO departures
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Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from Chicago to San Francisco
Sunday
28 daily flights
Monday
39 daily flights
Tuesday
30 daily flights
Wednesday
35 daily flights
Thursday
39 daily flights
Friday
39 daily flights
Saturday
32 daily flights