Cheap flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. (SFO - WAS)

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The best prices from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. are usually found in August or July, booked 31 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Thursday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Washington, D.C. (WAS)

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to WAS flight in 2022: compare San Francisco to Washington, D.C. flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Washington, D.C..
SFO - WAS
Price
$284 - $483
WAS
Temperature
35.6 - 80.6 °F
WAS
Rainfall
2.6 - 4 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 21% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 26% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$284

From San Francisco to Washington, D.C. (WAS)

One-way from

$158

One-way flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. (WAS)

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

August is one of the best times of the year to fly to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco. Prices for August average $383 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $148. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a August flight can save you 26% on your journey compared to booking in December

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

To save on the cost of your flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., book at least 29 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 16% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $410 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $442.

When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. (SFO - WAS)?

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are at noon tend to be the most expensive. A flight in the afternoon could potentially save you up to 20% on airfare.

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

Flying to your destination on a Saturday can be more expensive, but this shouldn’t discourage you from finding affordable options to get to Washington, D.C.. Check prices with Cheapflights to find a great deal for your trip.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. in May, June 2022

The best prices found for SFO to WAS flights for May, June
11 Jun - 27 Jun
$383pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
28 May - 27 Jun
$390pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
22 Jun - 27 Jun
$393pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Washington, D.C. 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco found for this year
7 Sep - 21 Sep
$225pp
SFO
San Francisco
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
American Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
13 Sep - 20 Sep
$229pp
SFO
San Francisco
Delta
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Delta
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
13 Sep - 17 Sep
$256pp
SFO
San Francisco
Delta
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Delta
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Washington, D.C. direct flight deals
7 Sep - 21 Sep
$308pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
12 Oct - 19 Oct
$333pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
6 Sep - 17 Sep
$339pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

Late deals on round-trip flights to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco, departing today and this week
2 Jun - 27 Jun
$406pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
3 Jun - 27 Jun
$415pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
DCA
Washington, D.C. Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
30 May - 14 Jun
$429pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.
2:00 am - 1:00 pm
Delta
1 Stop
8h 00m
SFO - BWI
Delta
$158
Delta
1:01 pm - 7:09 am
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
39h 08m
SFO - IAD
Multiple Airlines
$172
Kiwi.com
11:50 am - 2:34 am
JetBlue
1 Stop
11h 44m
SFO - DCA
JetBlue

Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

What airport do you fly from for flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

Most people fly from San Francisco (SFO) if they book a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.. On average, San Francisco has 15 outbound flights to Washington, D.C. per day from 11 airlines. San Francisco is conveniently located just 11.8 mi from San Francisco’s city center.

Which airlines flying from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

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

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. for under $300. The cheapest flight booked recently is on American Airlines for just $225, but on average you can expect to pay $277.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. for under $400 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. under $400. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. is less than $393.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. for under $500?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. within the next 7 days for less than $500.

What days are nonstop flights available from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

Nonstop flights are available for this route on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. on average per day?

Per day, 29 flights depart from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 79% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 21% of flight departures

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

Departing from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. will take you 8h. Airlines will cover a distance of 2426 mi. This flight may include one or multiple stops.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. round-trip?

Cheapflights users have booked flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. round-trip from $225. Other airlines that can offer you cheap pricing are Delta, from $229, and Sun Country Air, from $288. American Airlines is priced at 41% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. one-way?

$128 is the cheapest one-way deal found within the past few days, from Delta. You may also be able to find cheap deals on Sun Country Air and United Airlines, with prices starting from $146 and $163, respectively.

What are the most popular routes from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

When deciding which route to take from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. consider San Francisco - Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl, San Francisco - Washington, D.C. Reagan-National or San Francisco - Baltimore/Washington as they are the most popular.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

Major Airline, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are the most popular airlines when flying from San Francisco to Washington, D.C..

What are the most reliable airlines from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. consider choosing Scandinavian Airlines (100%), Azul (93%) or Air New Zealand (86%) as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.?

On average you can expect to pay $1,315 for a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.. The cheapest flight overall is $244 while the most popular route, (San Francisco - Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl) is currently priced at $319.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Washington, D.C., DC

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Washington, D.C. from San Francisco?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Washington, D.C. within the United States

Most visitors from San Francisco need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Washington, D.C..

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Washington, D.C..

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering Washington, D.C..

Do I need a test to fly back to San Francisco from Washington, D.C.?

Returning to San Francisco from Washington, D.C.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Washington, D.C. must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to San Francisco.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Washington, D.C. are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

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Destination information for Washington, D.C.

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Washington, D.C..
Flight duration from SFO to Washington, D.C.
5h 37m
Average temperature for May in Washington, D.C.
77.0 °F
Avg rainfall for May in Washington, D.C.
4.1 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Washington, D.C.

Reagan-National (DCA)

Top 8 airlines flying from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. 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
Juneyao Airlines
$12 $19 No cancel fee 66%

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

Frontier
$85 $237 No cancel fee 62%
JetBlue
$151 $262 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$156 $237 No cancel fee 65%
Delta
$157 $417 No cancel fee N/A
American Airlines
$160 $517 No cancel fee 71%
Alaska Airlines
$167 $402 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$227 $512 No cancel fee 69%

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

See what time of day planes typically take off from San Francisco towards Washington, D.C..
Morning 6 AM to noon 70% of SFO to WAS departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 15% of SFO to WAS departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 14% of SFO to WAS departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of SFO to WAS departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from San Francisco to Washington, D.C..
Sunday
12 daily flights
Monday
16 daily flights
Tuesday
15 daily flights
Wednesday
27 daily flights
Thursday
11 daily flights
Friday
15 daily flights
Saturday
13 daily flights
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