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How long is the flight to San Francisco?

Flights from Auckland 12h 35m

What is the cheapest flight to San Francisco?

The cheapest airline ticket to San Francisco from New Zealand in the last 72 hours was $1,165 return on the route Christchurch to San Francisco. The most popular route is Auckland to San Francisco and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $1,342 return.

Which airlines fly to San Francisco?

In general from New Zealand, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and United Airlines fly the most to San Francisco. The most popular route is from Auckland, and Lufthansa, Air New Zealand & United Airlines fly this route the most.

How far is San Francisco airport from central San Francisco?

San Francisco Airport is 19 kilometres from the centre of San Francisco. View on map.

What is the name of San Francisco’s airport?

San Francisco is served by San Francisco Airport, also commonly referred to as San Francisco, San Francisco Intl. The airport code is SFO.

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Airports
Origin
Christchurch
$1,165
only
$1,165
Queenstown
$1,526
only
$1,526
Auckland
$1,248
only
$1,248
Palmerston North
$1,532
only
$1,532
Destination
San Francisco
$1,165
only
$1,165
Mon, 18 Nov
CHC
Christchurch
SFO
San Francisco
16h 40m
Fri, 6 Dec
SFO
San Francisco
CHC
Christchurch
16h 40m
$1,165
Trip: 19 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 2,591 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
SIN
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The crew is amazing. Always friendly, smiling and happy to oblige. Love the New Zealand hospitality. The inflight entertainment has so many programmes to watch, and the list of music options to listen in to is well stocked. Food is excellent. Obviously overate in the 9 1/2 hour flight.

NAN
AKL
Excellent 8.6

Cons: Generally ok for econ

SIN
AKL
Good 6.6

Pros: Crew was really nice however slightly absent during the flight.

Cons: Drinks should have been more frequently offered . Refreshments/water seemed hard to come by I had to chase them down in the galley only to get luke warm water...? Seats are pretty cramped and small with not much room.

SFO
AKL
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Upgrading to Skycoach giving extra leg room was well worth it.

HNL
AKL
Excellent 9.3

Pros: The crew was great but the seats were not.

Cons: Roomier seats and meals should be served a little bit closer in between

Sun, 21 Jul
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
44h 30m
Sun, 28 Jul
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
34h 50m
$1,342
Trip: 8 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 3,280 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
ADL
MEL
Okay 5.0

Cons: Leaving the day before. Not having just one but three delays and three changes of flights.

SYD
AKL
Good 6.6

Pros: Crew were amazing, food was delicious

Cons: Boarding was delayed with no explanation, we sat once boarded waiting to take off not knowing what the further delay was, ended up arriving and clearing customs an hour behind schedule. This is becoming more common with my flights with Virgin Australia.

LAX
BNE
Good 6.0

Cons: The food and drinks.

BNE
LAX
Good 7.6

Pros: The crew were OK. I had no personal interactions. I found the seating uncomfortable and not what I had requested for medical issues.

Cons: The experience of economy x seemed the same as economy. My seat request did not happen.

BNE
LAX
Excellent 8.3

Pros: I called several days in advance to request a gluten free meal, they said they processed the request, but there was not a gluten free meal for me on board. When the crew found out the problem they rummaged in the gallery and came up with a couple snack bars without gluten for me. They were awesome.

Cons: Requesting a special meal in the time frame required and then it not being on board was really heard with Celiac's.

Sat, 21 Dec
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
32h 30m
Thu, 2 Jan
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
31h 25m
$1,570
Trip: 13 days
6.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.5 Good
Based on 6,309 reviews
Overall
6.6
Boarding
6.7
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
6.3
Food
6.1
LAX
PVG
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The crew was amazing, the seating was HORRIBLE. It was an extremely long flight seats should have been even a scotch more comfortable with even a teeny bit mote leg room

Cons: Seats were too crampped.

HIA
PVG
Okay 4.0

Pros: Nothing is amazing.

Cons: 8 hour delay. Paid for luggage. No food or beverages. Man behind me played a loud video with a baby crying and wasn’t told to turn it down. No help with luggage up stairs or down stairs.

PVG
OKA
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: The WHOLE flight was horrible. The crew in the airport extremely unhelpful. The boarding was horrible. The seats were not put together properly, the whole ride was extremely turbulent and we got stuck in the air for 45 mins NC of weather, I knw that's not the plane crew fault on that one

Cons: EVERYTHING. food was not good either

PVG
HND
Good 7.3

Pros: Cabin smelled nice

Cons: More languages spoken

SHA
PEK
Excellent 8.6

Pros: הצוות היה מאוד נחמד. האוכל היה בינוני וכך גם איכות הסרטים.

Cons: אינטרנט אלחוטי חינם. לעדכן באופן ברור שהצ׳ק נסגר מוקדם (כשעה ומשהו לפני המראה) עקב המרחק הגדול בשדה. כמעט פספסתי את הטיסה.

Wed, 4 Dec
CHC
Christchurch
SFO
San Francisco
31h 10m
Sun, 8 Dec
SFO
San Francisco
CHC
Christchurch
19h 40m
$1,218
Trip: 5 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 2,591 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
TUO
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Short flight. No problems.

Cons: Nothing

MEL
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: I couldn’t get the seat to recline.

AKL
SIN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The plane was very comfortable. With decent leg room and nice seats. The in flight entertainment was excellent. As was the crews efficient and professional service. Top star

DUD
CHC
Good 7.2

Pros: Seat hard on older aircraft, needs new cushioning on seat

RAR
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The plane was great!

Tue, 19 Nov
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
12h 05m
Thu, 5 Dec
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
12h 55m
$1,248
Trip: 17 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 127 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
AKL
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Air NZ flight very pleasant. Staff extremely accommodating and friendly. Meals quite good and wine much appreciated.

Cons: Seats on our return trip much less comfortable than when we flew to NZ.

AKL
SFO
Okay 5.6

Pros: The seat was super uncomfortable and they switched out flights 3 times so the layovers were extremely long.

Cons: Not switching our flights three times and not accommodating us like we had originally paid for.

AKL
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Great airline. Like all of them these days more room would be nice as would better vegetarian options. Friendly staff, they seem to care about the passenger rather than just being bossy about usually silly rules.

AKL
SFO
Good 7.0

Pros: The seat next to me was empty so it was much more comfortable than the flight out. Movies were great

Cons: The food, economy has no room.

AKL
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: We flew economy and the seats were comfortable, the inflight entertainment was great and easy to use, the food was excellent and there was a choice, and the flight crew were friendly and attentive. I don't think there is anything else you could ask for!

Cons: No complaints, it was an excellent flight and we would fly Air New Zealand again in a heartbeat.

Wed, 4 Sep
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
12h 15m
Tue, 10 Sep
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
13h 10m
$1,257
Trip: 7 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 127 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
AKL
SFO
Good 7.6

Cons: Would have been more exciting to land early if our gate was ready. Better to wait on the ground than their air I guess but after 11 hours on a plane the last thing you want to do is wait longer. Realize that's on the airport and not the airline, although there should be communication there.

AKL
SFO
Okay 5.0

Pros: Low initial ticket price

Cons: Extra charge to get to sit next to my wife, which I was subsequently told I didn't have to pay because if my frequent flyer status (star alliance gold), but no, so sorry, no refund of that extra fee possible. Cheap!

AKL
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Great airline. Like all of them these days more room would be nice as would better vegetarian options. Friendly staff, they seem to care about the passenger rather than just being bossy about usually silly rules.

AKL
CHC
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Easy flight.

AKL
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Food in business class and more choice of movies

Sat, 21 Dec
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
32h 30m
Thu, 2 Jan
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
31h 25m
$1,570
Trip: 13 days
6.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.5 Good
Based on 6,309 reviews
Overall
6.6
Boarding
6.7
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
6.3
Food
6.1
TPE
PVG
Okay 5.3

Pros: The crew was polite but service was not quite there. We pick a 2-seat layout so it was OK.

Cons: The food was poor and only served twice. Once shortly after taking off and another a couple of hours before landing. In a span of 10 to 11 hours there was no offer of drink or food of any kind.

PVG
HNL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew was helpful and friendly in every way.

Cons: Seats are definitely made for smaller sized Asians.

PVG
SFO
Okay 4.6

Pros: Crew was supportive

Cons: Improve food quality and variety for vegetarians

PVG
SIN
Good 7.3

Cons: plane parked too far from main terminal. long bus ride delays arrival time.

PVG
HNL
Okay 4.8

Pros: Newer planes

Cons: Better foos stewards

Mon, 19 Aug
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
12h 10m
Fri, 20 Sep
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
12h 55m
$1,284
Trip: 33 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 127 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
AKL
SFO
Good 6.6

Pros: food and crew service

Cons: Business class Seats are uncomfortable, cushion is not that soft, sides are narrow and too tall, hard square arm rest on the right, drink tray is behind your shoulder, hard to fasten seat belt. Ride was very rough in both directions. Not worth the price paid.

MEL
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: I couldn’t get the seat to recline.

AKL
SFO
Good 7.6

Pros: good movie selection

Cons: we were o board @ 7pm & the captain & his crew arrived @ 7pm which made the flight arrive late & stressful for many transferring passengers

AKL
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Comfortable flight. Drinks were excellent including tea!

Cons: Breakfast could be better. My son didn't get his choice on one flight and there was not much he would eat in choices. Make it more general so even teenagers/kids can enjoy. Crew could be nicer, especially in Premier Economy when we pay so much money!

AKL
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Pros: The cabin crew was friendly, helpful and good humored. The in-flight video and audio choices were outstanding. Meals were good but not outstanding.

Cons: I suppose it is good marketing to make you walk past the amazing seats in business/premier class on your way past "Premium Economy" back to economy class on the Boeing 777 -- but it did make me wish I had a few thousand dollars to throw away on 13 hours of being pampered. Economy seats are pretty narrow. I am of average size and I was often bumping and being bumped by the passenger in the adjacent seat as well as by people walking up and down the aisle.

Sat, 21 Dec
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
32h 30m
Thu, 2 Jan
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
31h 25m
$1,590
Trip: 13 days
6.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.5 Good
Based on 6,309 reviews
Overall
6.6
Boarding
6.7
Comfort
6.6
Crew
7.0
Entertainment
6.3
Food
6.1
KMG
PVG
Excellent 9.0

Cons: Everything with airline is fine just people who flying in China are OMG! Be ready to hear and smell. Disgusting

ACX
PVG
Good 7.3

Pros: Crew was helpful, friendly, attentive.

Cons: Seats are definitely too small in both directions.

PVG
ORD
Excellent 9.6

Pros: The seat is comfortable and leg space is good for a 6’5 people, and the flight is on scheduled time.

Cons: Food could be better.

PVG
OKA
Okay 5.3

Pros: The seating for the short haul flight was far better than the long haul flight, the planes should have been switched as the short haul plane was more suited to long haul and vice versa

Cons: There was limited food available which meant there was no selection available just what was left, not acceptable

PVG
HNL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Crew was helpful and friendly in every way.

Cons: Seats are definitely made for smaller sized Asians.

Sun, 1 Sep
ZQN
Frankton Queenstown Intl
SFO
San Francisco
36h 10m
Sun, 22 Sep
SFO
San Francisco
ZQN
Frankton Queenstown Intl
19h 15m
$1,526
Trip: 22 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 2,595 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
AKL
IAH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The crew was wonderful again. This time I had an aisle seat in the center section and it was much more comfortable. The food was vegetarian and quite good.

Cons: No complaints!

IAH
AKL
Okay 5.0

Cons: Preferred seats in economy class are very uncomfortable if your row is full. Long, miserable flight.

AKL
SYD
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Crew were fantastic

Cons: Entertainment choices

IAH
AKL
Okay 4.0

Pros: Airline is pretty good

Cons: I had a horrible experience booking with Kayak because normally I should be allowed two bags to check in but I was only allowed one because I booked through kayak.

HLZ
CHC
Good 7.5

Pros: All good

Cons: It was very cold so the cabin could have been warmer

Tue, 10 Dec
PMR
Palmerston North
SFO
San Francisco
17h 35m
Tue, 31 Dec
SFO
San Francisco
PMR
Palmerston North
19h 45m
$1,532
Trip: 22 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 2,595 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
TUO
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Short flight. No problems.

Cons: Nothing

MEL
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Cons: I couldn’t get the seat to recline.

AKL
IAH
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Food was delicious and warm. Water was provided throughout the flight. Entertainment was excellent.

Cons: There were large black box type items underneath certain seats which impacted personal item stowage and leg room.

SFO
AKL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Best flight I’ve been on

AKL
NAN
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Premium economy is the way to go. So much more comfortable.

Cons: This flight was close to perfect. Boarding process at the gate was a bit hectic, but manageable.

Mon, 23 Dec
AKL
Auckland Intl
SFO
San Francisco
12h 05m
Tue, 21 Jan
SFO
San Francisco
AKL
Auckland Intl
13h 10m
$1,844
Trip: 30 days
8.5ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.5 Excellent
Based on 127 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
8.5
Food
8.2
AKL
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Cons: I was issued a ticket with a window seat as I had requested. However, when I boarded and sat in the seat I was assigned, I was moved because it turned out that the couple that was sitting next to me had purchased the seat so they could lay down. I was seated at another window seat, but it turned out the couple in that row had paid extra to have that seat empty as well. I was not only re-seated before the plane took off, but then I was re-seated THREE more times until finally being put in a middle seat after the flight was in flight. To top it all off, the plane was so delayed I missed my connecting flight to my final destination.

AKL
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great food, wine, service Seats

Cons: no wifi

AKL
SFO
Okay 5.3

Cons: If the customer is given the option of special meal - 1. the special meal should be what one selects. I selected Hindu meal as per option and was being served Veg Jain Meal. 2. Should be made available. Though I booked the flight for both me and my wife and the special meal request was for both, the wrong Veg meal was made available only to my wife. Something is not right with their system. One you serve what you make us select and then the system is recording only for one passenger.

AKL
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Cons: Movies

AKL
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Friendly staff Smooth boarding process Great entertainment system

Cons: temperature regulation on the plane was quite poor. Parts of the cabin were very warm and others were very cold and flight attendants had difficulty regulating the temperature. food was also quite bland.

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