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
35.6 - 80.6 °F
WAS
Precipitation
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 (WAS)

One-way from

$64

One-way flight from San Francisco to Washington (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?

August is one of the best times of the year to fly to Washington 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 August

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

To save on the cost of your flight from San Francisco to Washington, 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.

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

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. Check prices with Cheapflights to find a great deal for your trip.

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

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from San Francisco to Washington is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are in the morning tend to be the most expensive. A flight in the afternoon could potentially save you up to 14% on airfare.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Washington in October, November 2021

The best prices found for SFO to WAS flights for October, November
2 Nov - 9 Nov
$124pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
9 Nov - 13 Nov
$125pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
26 Oct - 3 Nov
$128pp
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
2 Nov - 9 Nov
$124pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
9 Nov - 13 Nov
$125pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
9 Nov - 13 Nov
$128pp
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
14 Dec - 11 Jan
$257pp
SFO
San Francisco
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Alaska Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
5 Jan - 12 Jan
$269pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
18 Jan - 25 Jan
$271pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
Non-Stop
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
United 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
27 Oct - 3 Nov
$124pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
26 Oct - 3 Nov
$128pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
26 Oct - 3 Nov
$130pp
SFO
San Francisco
Frontier
 
1 STOP
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
DCA
Washington Reagan-National
Frontier
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Washington from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Washington
7:57 pm - 8:10 am
Frontier
1 Stop
9h 13m
SFO - BWI
Frontier
$64
Flights by SU
7:49 pm - 8:10 am
Frontier
1 Stop
9h 21m
SFO - BWI
Frontier
$65
Kiwi.com
7:42 am - 5:43 pm
Frontier
1 Stop
7h 01m
SFO - DCA
Frontier
$69
JustFly

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">San Francisco</span> to <span class="emphasized">Washington</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Washington

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 20 outbound flights to Washington per day from 9 airlines. San Francisco is conveniently located just 11.8 mi from San Francisco’s city center.

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.

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 $124, but on average you can expect to pay $141.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Washington for under $300 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Washington under $300. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Washington is less than $300.

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

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

What is the cheapest airline to fly from San Francisco to Washington round-trip?

Cheapflights users have booked flights from San Francisco to Washington round-trip from $124. Frontier is 67% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Washington?

On average you can expect to pay $886 for a flight from San Francisco to Washington. The cheapest flight overall is $132 while the most popular route, (San Francisco - Washington Dulles Intl) is currently priced at $258.

What are the most popular routes from San Francisco to Washington?

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

What are the most reliable airlines from San Francisco to Washington?

No one likes to see their flight delayed. When booking a flight from San Francisco to Washington consider choosing Asiana Airlines (95%), United Airlines (93%) or Egypt Air (93%) as they are the most reliable in getting you off to your destination on time.

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

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

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Washington, DC

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

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

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

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 Washington.

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

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

Returning to San Francisco from Washington

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

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

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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 October in Washington
71.6 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Washington
3.7 ″

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
Spirit Airlines
$116 $346 No cancel fee 65%
Frontier
$120 $294 No cancel fee 62%
Sun Country Air
$141 $336 No cancel fee 83%
JetBlue
$154 $340 No cancel fee 62%
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.
Morning 6 AM to noon 52% of SFO to WAS departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 25% of SFO to WAS departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 22% of SFO to WAS departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of SFO to WAS departures
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6 AM
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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
21 daily flights
Monday
21 daily flights
Tuesday
20 daily flights
Wednesday
22 daily flights
Thursday
19 daily flights
Friday
21 daily flights
Saturday
21 daily flights
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