Cheap flights from New York to San Francisco (NYC - SFO)

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The best prices from New York to San Francisco are usually found in January or February, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
New York (NYC) to San Francisco (SFO)

All the information you need to plan the best NYC to SFO flight in 2021: compare New York to San Francisco flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in San Francisco.
NYC - SFO
Price
$267 - $457
SFO
Temperature
51.8 - 62.6 °F
SFO
Precipitation
0 - 4.4 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 33% potential price rise

Cheapest in

January

Best time to find cheap flights, 13% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$267

From New York (NYC) to San Francisco

One-way from

$74

One-way flight from New York (NYC) to San Francisco

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 New York to San Francisco (NYC - SFO)?

Unlike in the afternoon, when flights are generally more expensive, you can save up to 25% on flights from New York to San Francisco by exploring options for tickets at noon.

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from New York to San Francisco?

Users have found that leaving on a Wednesday can be a cost-effective option. It’s possible to save up to 28% on your flight compared to booking on days when demand is much higher.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from New York to San Francisco, book at least 61 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 99% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $416 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $638.

Cheap flights from New York to San Francisco in October, November 2021

The best prices found for NYC to SFO flights for October, November
6 Nov - 4 Dec
$125pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
9 Nov - 9 Nov
$128pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5 Nov - 5 Nov
$129pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl

New York to San Francisco 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Francisco from New York found for this year
6 Nov - 4 Dec
$125pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
9 Nov - 9 Nov
$128pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5 Nov - 5 Nov
$129pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl

Non-stop flights to San Francisco from New York

Save time with New York to San Francisco direct flight deals
6 Nov - 4 Dec
$125pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
18 Jan - 23 Jan
$127pp
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
18 Jan - 23 Jan
$127pp
EWR
Newark
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark

Last minute flights from New York to San Francisco

Late deals on round-trip flights to San Francisco from New York, departing today and this week
30 Oct - 8 Nov
$159pp
EWR
Newark
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
26 Oct - 3 Nov
$163pp
EWR
Newark
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark
30 Oct - 3 Nov
$167pp
EWR
Newark
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
EWR
Newark

One-way flights to San Francisco from New York

The cheapest one-way flights from New York to San Francisco
6:00 am - 2:32 pm
Frontier
2 Stops
11h 32m
EWR - SFO
Frontier
$74
JustFly
4:00 am - 7:33 am
Alaska Airlines
Nonstop
6h 33m
JFK - SFO
Alaska Airlines
$76
flugladen.de
10:00 am - 3:04 pm
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
32h 04m
LGA - SFO
Multiple Airlines
$77
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From New York to San Francisco

What airport do you fly into for flights to San Francisco from New York?

San Francisco (SFO) is the airport you will fly into if you book a flight from New York to San Francisco. You should not have trouble finding flights to San Francisco from New York; the airport handles an average of 90 inbound flights from New York per day. You should also have plenty of airline options to choose from since 9 airlines have flights to the San Francisco airport from New York. It is only a 11.8 mi journey from San Francisco (SFO) to San Francisco’s city center.

Which airlines flying from New York to San Francisco have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from New York to San Francisco that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from New York to San Francisco for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Alaska Airlines for just $125, but on average you can expect to pay $141.

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

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from New York to San Francisco under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from New York to San Francisco is less than $142.

Are there last-minute flights available from New York to San Francisco for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from New York to San Francisco within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are nonstop flights available from New York to San Francisco?

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

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

7 flight departures from New York to San Francisco per day on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 29% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 14% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 57% of flight departures

How long is the flight from New York to San Francisco?

There are many flights that can get you from New York to San Francisco in 6h 33m. Fly via Alaska Airlines, Major Airline, or JetBlue to get the fastest option. There are 2594 mi between New York and San Francisco. All flights are typically nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from New York to San Francisco round-trip?

Alaska Airlines, at $125, was found to be the cheapest airline from New York to San Francisco.Alternate airlines to your destination round-trip include Major Airline and JetBlue. These flights start at 59% lower than the current average price 3 months from now.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from New York to San Francisco one-way?

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $44 on Alaska Airlines. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include Major Airline from $68 and Frontier from $69 one-way.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from New York to San Francisco?

When booking a flight from New York to San Francisco, you may want to consider flying on Major Airline, American Airlines or Alaska Airlines as they are the most popular for this route.

What are the cheapest flights from New York to San Francisco?

While on average a flight from New York to San Francisco is generally $806, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $118. When looking at the most popular route, (Newark - San Francisco), you can expect to pay $153 for that flight.

What are the most reliable airlines from New York to San Francisco?

Looking for the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time? Our data shows these are most likely to get you from New York to San Francisco on time: Iberia (100%), Kenya Airways (98%), EL AL (94%).

What are the most popular routes from New York to San Francisco?

When deciding which route to take from New York to San Francisco consider Newark - San Francisco, New York John F Kennedy Intl - San Francisco or New York LaGuardia - San Francisco as they are the most popular.

How long is the flight from New York City to San Francisco?

The gate-to-gate time for non-stop flights from New York City to San Francisco runs about six to seven hours, depending on the particular airline and airports chosen.

Which airlines operate flights from New York City to San Francisco?

United flies directly from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO.) Virgin American flies non-stop from EWR and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to SFO. American, jetBlue and Delta fly direct from JFK to SFO. These and other airlines, including Frontier, Alaska Airlines and Sun Country, also offer non-direct flights between the two cities.

How frequent are flights between New York City and San Francisco?

With about 50 non-stop flights departing Big Apple-area airports for San Francisco on a typical day, you won't have any problem finding a flight at a time that's convenient for you, with flights leaving New York City between about 6 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Which airports serve New York City to San Franciscos?

New York City is served by Newark Liberty International (EWR), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia airports (LGA.) The San Francisco area is served by San Francisco International (SFO), Mineta San Jose International (SJC), and Oakland International airports (OAK.)

Which direct flight route between New York City and San Francisco is cheapest?

The cheapest direct route from New York City to San Francisco is via the Newark Liberty International Airport to San Francisco International Airport corridor. Typically, you won't save any money by purchasing non-direct flights between these two cities. Say goodbye to late trains and crowded subways, but don't waste your time looking for a parking spot once you arrive in San Francisco. It's a great city for walking, with a milder climate than the Big Apple and plenty of charming neighborhoods and lots of opportunities for nature hikes in greener pastures such as Philosopher's Way, Presidio Promenade and nearby Muir Woods. This alludes to the main difference between the two cities, namely the healthier lifestyle in San Francisco, where people take frequent breaks from work to read or play handball and, in the evening, head home from the bars at a time when they're just starting to fill in NYC. Ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the greatest city in the world for San Francisco's more laid-back and natural setting? San Francisco isn't exactly cheaper these days, so let Cheapflights save you some money right off the bat when you use our smart search engine to find the best deals from around the web.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for San Francisco, CA

Do I need a COVID test to fly to San Francisco from New York?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to San Francisco within the United States

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

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

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from New York are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

Do I need a test to fly back to New York from San Francisco?

Returning to New York from San Francisco

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 New York.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering New York.

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Alternative routes for New York to San Francisco

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

Destination information for San Francisco

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from New York to San Francisco.
Flight duration from New York to SFO
6h 04m
Average temperature for October in San Francisco
71.6 °F
Avg rainfall for October in San Francisco
1.2 ″

Airports servicing New York

Newark (EWR)
LaGuardia (LGA)
New York Skyports SPB (NYS)

Airports servicing San Francisco

Top 8 airlines flying from New York to San Francisco

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from New York to San Francisco 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
Frontier
$102 $242 No cancel fee 62%
American Airlines
$116 $350 No cancel fee 71%
Sun Country Air
$118 $247 No cancel fee 83%
Alaska Airlines
$118 $295 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$118 $332 No cancel fee 69%
Delta
$123 $411 No cancel fee N/A
JetBlue
$124 $361 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$142 $321 No cancel fee 65%

Hourly flight availability from New York to San Francisco

See what time of day planes typically take off from New York towards San Francisco.
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 45% of NYC to SFO departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 37% of NYC to SFO departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 9% of NYC to SFO departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 9% of NYC to SFO departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from New York to San Francisco
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from New York to San Francisco.
Sunday
89 daily flights
Monday
91 daily flights
Tuesday
87 daily flights
Wednesday
100 daily flights
Thursday
103 daily flights
Friday
84 daily flights
Saturday
76 daily flights
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