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The best prices from Chicago to San Francisco are usually found in February or January, booked 40 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Friday and return on a Tuesday

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Price
$236 - $333
Temperature
59 - 77 °F
Rainfall
0 - 5 inches
Most popular in December High demand for flights, 2% potential price rise
Cheapest in February Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price $277 Price for this month
Cheapest price $236 From Chicago to San Francisco

Cheap flights from Chicago to San Francisco in September 2019

The best prices found for ORD to SFO flights for September
24 Sep - 5 Oct
$224pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
25 Sep - 28 Sep
$224pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Sep - 5 Oct
$224pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
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Chicago O'Hare Intl

Chicago to San Francisco 2019 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Francisco from Chicago found for this year
31 Oct - 5 Nov
$204pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
29 Oct - 6 Nov
$207pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
30 Oct - 6 Nov
$207pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 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
24 Sep - 5 Oct
$224pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
25 Sep - 28 Sep
$224pp
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
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Chicago O'Hare Intl
26 Sep - 5 Oct
$224pp
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Chicago O'Hare Intl
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
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Chicago O'Hare Intl

Destination information for San Francisco

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Chicago to San Francisco
Flight duration
4h 26m

Airports servicing Chicago

Chicago-O'Hare Intl (ORD)
Rockford (RFD)

Airports servicing San Francisco

Average temperature for September in San Francisco
77.0 °F
Avg rainfall for September in San Francisco
0.1 ″

Dozens of flights are waiting to carry you from the freeways and skyscrapers of Chicago to the fishing piers and historic neighborhoods of San Francisco. A major metropolis along the California coastline, the Bay Area is famous for its maritime atmosphere and architectural marvels such as the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Legion of Honor. Browse direct flights between these two major travel hubs to find a cheap flight to match your travel schedule.

How long is the flight from Chicago to San Francisco?

Flights times from Chicago to San Francisco usually range from four hours and 15 minutes to four and a half hours. If you have a connection in another city, total travel time may be upwards of six hours.

Which airlines operate flights from Chicago to San Francisco?

American Airlines, United, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines all offer non-stop service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and you can find direct flights from Midway International Airport through Southwest Airlines.

How frequent are flights between Chicago and San Francisco?

Upwards of 20 direct flights to San Francisco leave from Chicago O'Hare per day, with planes departing every hour or so. From Midway, You can choose from around 3 flights leaving each day.

Which airports serve Chicago and San Francisco?

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Chicago metro area as well as a major U.S. travel hub, offering daily flights to San Francisco through multiple airlines. Chicago Midway International Airport is a smaller airport that also offers a few flights to the Bay Area, though you have a smaller selection of flight times and prices. When your plane lands in San Francisco, you find yourself in San Francisco International Airport, the area's major airport located a few miles south of the central city area.

Which direct flight route between Chicago and San Francisco is cheapest?

Find the lowest prices on direct flights running from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to San Francisco International Airport. You can also occasionally snag a great deal taking off from Midway International Airport, so be sure to keep your options open while searching.

The moment you leave the Windy City behind and step onto the hilly streets San Francisco, the historic Bay Area instantly transports you to a world of cable cars and charming wharfs. Trade the trains of Chicago for the ferries and whale-watching bay cruises of this California city, and enjoy milder winter months with temperatures hovering in the 60's F. Before saying goodbye to the Golden Gate Bridge, don't forget to tour Alcatraz Island and enjoy the catch of the day at one of the bay-side seafood shacks.

The Golden Gate Bridge is just a short flight away, so what's stopping you? Try out our smart search engine to find great flight deals and start planning your San Francisco adventure.

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

On average, you can expect to see 247 flights from Chicago to San Francisco a day.


Early Morning (Midnight to 6am) - 9% of flight departures
Morning (6am - Noon) - 39% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 23% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 29% of flight departures

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.

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Chicago to San Francisco flights.
Flight FAQs
From Chicago to San Francisco
What percent of flights are delayed?
A delay of 29 mins is common
How many passenger seats are available on a flight on this route?
On average, all flights from Chicago offer a total of 91,958,336 seats to San Francisco per day
What is the cheapest airline for this route?
The cheapest airline for this route is United Parcel Service, Inc. on average. United Parcel Service, Inc. operates 15 flight per week
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