Cheap flights from San Francisco to Washington (SFO - WAS)

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

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Washington (WAS)

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to WAS flight in 2021: compare San Francisco to Washington flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Washington.
SFO - WAS
Price
$284 - $483
WAS
Temperature
48.2 - 89.6 °F
WAS
Rainfall
2.4 - 4.2 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

One-way from

$142

One-way flight from San Francisco to Washington

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 San Francisco to Washington?

Users have found that leaving on a Tuesday can be a cost-effective option. It’s possible to save up to 25% on your flight compared to booking on days when demand is much higher.

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

To save up to 14% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 43 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from San Francisco to Washington from $262 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $293 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

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

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in June. For low rates, August can be a great choice for travel to Washington. Flights to Washington from San Francisco in August are about $285 on average during August, but can be found for as low as $90.

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

When flying from San Francisco to Washington, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight in the afternoon, which can drop the price by up to 14% versus a flight in the morning.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Washington in June, July 2021

The best prices found for SFO to WAS flights for June, July
27 Jul - 16 Aug
$237pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
23 Jul - 10 Aug
$239pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
27 Jul - 9 Aug
$245pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Washington 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Washington from San Francisco found for this year
24 Aug - 1 Sep
$169pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
24 Aug - 31 Aug
$187pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
24 Aug - 30 Aug
$187pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Washington from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Washington direct flight deals
30 Sep - 5 Oct
$335pp
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
9 Sep - 14 Sep
$338pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
12 Oct - 16 Oct
$339pp
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Washington

Late deals on round-trip flights to Washington from San Francisco, departing today and this week
21 Jun - 13 Jul
$304pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
21 Jun - 13 Jul
$342pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
24 Jun - 30 Jun
$353pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
BWI
Baltimore/Washington
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Washington from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Washington
6:35 am - 1:17 am
United Airlines
2 Stops
15h 42m
SFO - IAD
United Airlines
$142
United
1:45 pm - 6:30 am
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
13h 45m
SFO - BWI
Multiple Airlines
$147
FareScan
1:01 pm - 11:03 am
Frontier
2 Stops
19h 02m
SFO - BWI
Frontier
$148
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Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Washington

Are flight prices decreasing from San Francisco to Washington 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 San Francisco and Washington 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.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from San Francisco to Washington to control the spread of COVID-19?

Alaska Airlines is one of the many airlines that have implemented additional safety measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Some of the new policies that have been implemented to accommodate travelers flying from San Francisco to Washington are improved sanitation, HEPA filters, mask requirements, social distance seating (for a limited time), and pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms. Policies will vary by airline.

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

Some of our airline partners flying from San Francisco to Washington have new flexible policies in place due to COVID-19. United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Frontier are some of the carriers where you may find flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for airlines like United Airlines with this kind of flexibility.

What airport do you fly from for flights from San Francisco to Washington?

Most people fly from San Francisco (SFO) if they book a flight from San Francisco to Washington. On average, San Francisco has 9 outbound flights to Washington per day from 9 airlines. San Francisco is conveniently located just 11.8 mi from San Francisco’s city center.

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Washington for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Frontier for just $169, but on average you can expect to pay $211.

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

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Washington under $400. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Washington is less than $365.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Washington for under $400?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Washington within the next 7 days for less than $400.

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

Days when nonstop flights are available for this flight are: Thursday, Saturday.

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

On average, you can expect to see 2 flights from San Francisco to Washington a day.
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 100% of flight departures

Is San Francisco weather warmer or cooler than Washington?

Expect the weather to be around 90 °F on average in July. As the temperature peaks, try to get your plans done early, as flight price and availability will have an impact on your travels. The climate in Washington is generally hotter than in San Francisco.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Washington?

United Airlines, Frontier, and American Airlines can get you from San Francisco to Washington in just under 5h 03m. Your travel time can differ by up to 5h 40m. San Francisco and Washington are separated by a distance of 2426 mi. When browsing for deals, the options you’ll see will be for both nonstop flights and flights with stops.

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

According to our current data, Frontier ($169), and Major Airline ($256) offers the cheapest pricing from San Francisco to Washington. Frontier is priced at 55% 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 one-way?

The cheapest airlines for a one-way flight from San Francisco to Washington are Frontier ($84), United Airlines ($137), and Major Airline ($148).

Destination information for Washington

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Washington.
Average temperature for June in Washington
86.0 °F
Avg rainfall for June in Washington
4.2 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Washington

Reagan National (DCA)

Top 8 airlines flying from San Francisco to Washington

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Washington 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
$120 $294 No cancel fee 62%
Sun Country Air
$141 $336 No cancel fee 83%
JetBlue
$154 $340 No cancel fee 62%
Spirit Airlines
$116 $346 No cancel fee 65%
American Airlines
$156 $395 No cancel fee 71%
Delta
$178 $412 No cancel fee N/A
Alaska Airlines
$178 $466 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$198 $530 No cancel fee 69%

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Washington

See what time of day planes typically take off from San Francisco towards Washington.
Evening 6 PM to midnight 57% of SFO to WAS departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 42% of SFO to WAS departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of SFO to WAS departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 0% of SFO to WAS departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Washington
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from San Francisco to Washington.
Sunday
9 daily flights
Monday
9 daily flights
Tuesday
11 daily flights
Wednesday
10 daily flights
Thursday
9 daily flights
Friday
9 daily flights
Saturday
9 daily flights
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