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

NYC — SFO
Jan 31 — Feb 71

The best prices from New York to San Francisco are usually found in February or March, booked 25 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Thursday and return on a Wednesday

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 2023: compare New York to San Francisco flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in San Francisco.

NYC - SFO

Price

$212 - $577

SFO

Temperature

51.8 - 62.6 °F

SFO

Rainfall

0 - 4.4 inches

Popular inJuneHigh demand for flights, 32% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 46% potential price drop
Round-trip from$212From New York (NYC) to San Francisco
One-way from$90One-way flight from New York (NYC) to San Francisco

Cheap Frontier flights from New York to San Francisco

Mar 8 - Mar 14
LGA

New York LaGuardia

SFO

San Francisco

1 stop

14h 17m
SFO

San Francisco

LGA

New York LaGuardia

2 stops

20h 33m
$207

Frontier

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/25

Mar 2 - Mar 5
LGA

New York LaGuardia

SFO

San Francisco

1 stop

14h 13m
SFO

San Francisco

LGA

New York LaGuardia

2 stops

20h 35m
$218

Frontier

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/25

Feb 4 - Feb 26
LGA

New York LaGuardia

SFO

San Francisco

2 stops

25h 39m
SFO

San Francisco

LGA

New York LaGuardia

1 stop

31h 32m
$223

Frontier

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/24

Cheap United Airlines flights from New York to San Francisco

Feb 15 - Feb 21
EWR

Newark

SFO

San Francisco

Nonstop

6h 14m
SFO

San Francisco

EWR

Newark

1 stop

7h 05m
$208

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/26

Feb 10 - Feb 14
LGA

New York LaGuardia

SFO

San Francisco

1 stop

8h 18m
SFO

San Francisco

LGA

New York LaGuardia

1 stop

7h 53m
$222

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/24

Feb 10 - Feb 12
LGA

New York LaGuardia

SFO

San Francisco

Nonstop

8h 18m
SFO

San Francisco

LGA

New York LaGuardia

1 stop

7h 11m
$232

United Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 1/23

Reviews of Airlines Servicing San Francisco

Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews
Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

Delta
7.9
Good
1,995 reviews
Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

JetBlue
7.7
Good
360 reviews
Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

United Airlines
7.6
Good
1,141 reviews
Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

American Airlines
7.4
Good
1,666 reviews
Alaska Airlines
8.0
Very good
1,360 reviews

Comfort

8.0

Boarding

8.2

Crew

8.6

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.2

Overall

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

They lost my luggage on my way to NY and then again on my way to SF, horrible

Related info for your journey

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

With an influx of tech money rapidly transforming San Francisco, there may be no better time to visit the city. There's still plenty of the old charm and attractions to enjoy, but the recent metamorphosis has spiced things up, bringing myriad hip bars, upscale boutiques and unique eateries to the city. Many long-term residents and businesses are leaving San Francisco, but many visitors are taking advantage of the best of both worlds.

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.

Alternative routes for New York to San Francisco

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Top 10 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.
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Juneyao AirlinesCheapest$11Average$20FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time66%COVID-19 safety
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Alaska AirlinesCheapest$102Average$375FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time75%COVID-19 safety
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United AirlinesCheapest$130Average$389FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time69%COVID-19 safety
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JetBlueCheapest$134Average$320FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time62%COVID-19 safety
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DeltaCheapest$139Average$377FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-timeN/ACOVID-19 safety
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American AirlinesCheapest$149Average$471FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time71%COVID-19 safety
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Spirit AirlinesCheapest$161Average$316FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time65%COVID-19 safety
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Sun Country AirCheapest$171Average$236FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-time83%COVID-19 safety
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Breeze AirwaysCheapest$182Average$262FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-timeN/ACOVID-19 safety
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Linear Air TaxiCheapest$59,580Average$118,620FlexibilityNo cancel feeOn-timeN/ACOVID-19 safety
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Hourly flight availability from New York to San Francisco

See what time of day planes typically take off from New York to San Francisco
7%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
23%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
48%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
22%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
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
Sunday112daily flights
Monday138daily flights
Tuesday130daily flights
Wednesday147daily flights
Thursday153daily flights
Friday134daily flights
Saturday77daily flights
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