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Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles - Travel Insights & Trends

Get data-powered insights and trends into flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help you find the cheapest flights, the best time to fly and much more.

What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

The average price of all flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles clicked on KAYAK for each day over the last 12 months.
Your flight ticket price will generally be cheaper if you fly to Los Angeles on a Wednesday and more expensive on a Monday. On your return trip to San Francisco, you should consider flying back on a Monday, and avoid Saturdays for better deals.

What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

To calculate monthly average prices, KAYAK takes all prices for each month over the last year for flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles, removes the top 0.1% to account for outliers, and then takes the median of all values for each month.
The cheapest month for flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles is April, where tickets cost $214 on average. On the other hand, the most expensive months are November and March, where the average cost of tickets is $276 and $268 respectively.

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

To calculate daily average prices, KAYAK takes all prices for each day before departure over the last year for flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles, removes the top 0.1% to account for outliers, and then takes the average of all the values for each month.
To get a below average price on the flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you should book around 2 weeks before departure. For the absolute cheapest price, our data suggests you should book 84 days before departure.

Which airlines fly most frequently between San Francisco and Los Angeles?

United Airlines connects San Francisco to Los Angeles with up to 8 flights per day. Alaska Airlines also offers 7 flights per day, while Delta follows with 7 flights per day.

Which airlines fly direct between San Francisco and Los Angeles?

Airline and price data is aggregated from results in KAYAK’s search results from the last 2 weeks for flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
There are 6 airlines that fly direct from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They are: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United Airlines. The cheapest price of all airlines flying this route was found with Alaska Airlines at $82 for a one-way flight. On average, the best prices for this route can be found at Alaska Airlines.

How many flights are there between San Francisco and Los Angeles per day?

Each day, there are between 31 and 37 nonstop flights that take off from San Francisco and land in Los Angeles, with an average flight time of 1h 33m. The most common departure time is 13:00 and most flights take off in the afternoon. Each week, there are 245 flights. The most frequent day of departure is Friday, when 15% of all weekly flights depart. The fewest flights depart on a Saturday.

Which cabin class options are there for flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles?

The average price of flights for each cabin class for the route found by users searching on KAYAK over the last 2 weeks.
There is only one cabin class option available for the route, which is Economy. Perform a search on KAYAK to find the latest prices and availability for all cabin fares, which differ across airlines.

What’s the earliest departure time from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Early birds can take the earliest flight from San Francisco at 05:25 and will be landing in Los Angeles at 06:45.

What’s the latest departure time from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

If you prefer to fly at night, the latest flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles jets off at 22:48 and lands at 00:28.

Good to know

Low season

January

High season

July
Best time to beat the crowds (10% less expensive on average)
Most popular time to fly and prices are also 7% lower on average.

When to book flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Are your dates flexible? Find out the best times to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles based on our flight data from the last year. Discover the cheapest month and even day to fly.
Estimated return price
KAYAK looks at all historical flight data for each date to provide a predicted price for one-way trips or returns with a duration up to 40 days. While we try to provide actual minimum prices for each date, some prices are predictions and actual prices may differ.

FAQs for booking flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles

  • Where can I find prayer rooms in Los Angeles International Airport?

    In the Private Suite Terminal of the airport, you can find multi-faith prayer rooms and several other comfort additions, such as daybeds and even a food pantry. However, you do have to purchase an annual membership to access this terminal of Los Angeles Airport.

  • Can I fly direct from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    There are several direct flights available for this route. You will be able to choose from airlines such as Delta, American Airways, and Alaska Airlines as these airlines provide direct flights from San Francisco International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.

  • Where is the food court at Los Angeles International Airport?

    The food court is located at Tom Bradley Terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport. Some restaurants located at the airport include Barney’s Beanery, SeaLegs Wine Bar, and Built Custom Burgers. You will also be able to find a McDonald's at the airport.

  • How can I access airport lounges at San Francisco International Airport?

    You do not have to be a member of an airline to access the airport lounges at San Francisco International Airport as you will be able to purchase a day pass as an economy class traveller.

  • Where can I find childcare facilities at San Francisco International Airport?

    If you are travelling with young children, you can find child-care facilities such as play areas, nurseries, and others in Terminal 2 of the airport.

  • Which airlines offer Wi-Fi service onboard planes from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines offer inflight Wi-Fi service on the San Francisco to Los Angeles flight route.

  • Which aircraft models fly most regularly from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    The Airbus A320neo is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the San Francisco to Los Angeles flight route.

  • Which airline alliances offer flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance are the airline alliances operating flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with SkyTeam being the most commonly used for this route.

  • On which days can I fly direct from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    There are direct flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a daily basis.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

  • How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Los Angeles from San Francisco is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.

  • What is the Hacker Fare option on flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to Los Angeles with an airline and back to San Francisco with another airline.

  • What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

    Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Los Angeles from San Francisco up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.

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KAYAK’s top tips for finding a cheap flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $159 or less one-way and $80 or less round-trip.
  • If you need to find additional information regarding your flight, you can download the San Francisco Flight Tracker App and you will be able to discover essential information regarding the airport as well as your flight. You will be able to find restaurants and locate facilities inside the airport, which will make your travels as simple as possible.
  • When travelling from San Francisco city centre to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you can travel via the BART train. The trip will cost you about $ 8 (A$ 11.44) and it will take roughly 50min to reach the airport. If you travel by taxi, the trip will take roughly 30min and will cost approximately $ 35 (A$ 50).
  • Upon your arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you can access the airport lounges by purchasing a day pass. The airport lounges that allow economy class travellers access through day pass are located at Terminal 6 of the airport. You will also be able to find airport lounges reserved for airline members, such as Qantas and Delta Sky Club.
  • Los Angeles International Airport is located roughly 22 km from the city centre. You can reach the city centre from the airport by train for a fare of around $ 1.75 (A$ 2.50). This is the cheapest method of reaching the city centre from the airport and the trip will take approximately 1h.
  • Should you require additional assistance once you land at Los Angeles International Airport, it is best to phone the airport in advance to pre-arrange services like wheelchair rental and other special services. The airport does accommodate travellers with reduced mobility, although pre-arrangement is recommended.
  • There are a few hotels located onsite at Los Angeles International Airport. Holiday Inn Los Angeles, Hilton Los Angeles, and Quality Inn & Suites Los Angeles are all located onsite. If you opt to stay at a hotel that is situated near the airport, you can make use of hotel shuttle services to reach the hotel.
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Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who flew the route from San Francisco to Los Angeles 
Verified travelerFlew with FrontierJun 2024
Frontier requires 3hr preflight check in even on domestic flights
SheilaFlew with SouthwestApr 2024
I haven't tried all the airlines yet, but I do enjoy flying with southwest.

Prefer to fly direct from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Find which airlines fly direct from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which days they fly and book direct flights.

Direct departures

San Francisco to Los Angeles

Monday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +35 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +36 more

Tuesday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +34 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +35 more

Wednesday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +35 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +36 more

Thursday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +34 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +35 more

Friday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +35 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +36 more

Saturday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +35 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +36 more

Sunday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +36 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +37 more

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Direct returns

Los Angeles to San Francisco

Monday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

Tuesday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

Wednesday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

Thursday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

Friday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

Saturday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +32 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +33 more

Sunday

ANA, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, +33 more

ANA, Aer Lingus, +34 more

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Top airline flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles

 
See real verified KAYAK customer reviews for airlines flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Airline scores are aggregated from all reviews left by passengers on KAYAK after flying with an airline. KAYAK doesn’t show reviews that are older than 5 years. Learn how KAYAK collects reviews.
Need help choosing which airline to fly with from San Francisco to Los Angeles? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
8.0
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 9296 reviews
8.2Boarding
7.9Comfort
7.3Entertainment
7.3Food
8.6Crew
Airline reviews

I enjoyed the flight with free Wi-Fi. It was nice and comfortable.

8.0 ExcellentKris, Jun 2024IAD - LAX
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I enjoyed the flight with free Wi-Fi. It was nice and comfortable.

Good and easy. Seats are a bit crammed and plane was small.

Be prepared for departure delays at SFO while the runways are under construction. No fault of the airlines, so be flexible. Alaska is my favorite air line but needs to pay flight attendants for all the time they're at work, not just when in the air.

First time traveling on plane, everything was very easy for me.

It was an okay experience overall. But, I’m quite tall and sitting in those seats was horrific and so uncomfortable. The flight attendants were quite rude when enforcing the procedures for take off and landing.

Being seated next to the engine was awful! I was nauseous the entire trip from pre-take-off, flying to landing. The engine vibration was very strong!

Flight was delayed 2 hours. It was too cold inside the cabin. My seat mate had no jacket so she was shivering the entire flight. The stewardess says there’s no available blanket.

The terminal at Newark is a complete dump, utterly, profoundly sub-acceptable is every dimension: overcrowded, under-venitilated, lacking in seating, terrible and minimal food options, terrble sound quality from gate announcements, gate agents completely untrained in use of a microphone. And that is after going through the worst and slowest tsa checkpoint in the country. I will never fly to Newark again and will avoid Alaska if at all possible in future travel.

The flight was delayed for 2 hours and the last delay was not communicated and had to check manually.

Flight was delayed 2 hours. Other than that, it was a good flight.

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directJapan Airlines
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directFiji Airways
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directDelta
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directAir New Zealand
1h 37mSFO-LAX
directUnited Airlines
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directEL AL
1h 36mSFO-LAX
directQantas Airways
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directSouthwest
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directIberia
1h 42mSFO-LAX
directKorean Air
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directWestJet
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directAir China
1h 40mSFO-LAX
directSingapore Airlines
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directGulf Air
1h 37mSFO-LAX
directAmerican Airlines
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directKLM
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directQatar Airways
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directAer Lingus
1h 33mSFO-LAX
directAir France
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directChina Airlines
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directEmirates
1h 40mSFO-LAX
directChina Eastern
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directCopa Airlines
1h 37mSFO-LAX
directAsiana Airlines
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directVirgin Australia
1h 37mSFO-LAX
directAeromexico
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directAlaska Airlines
1h 36mSFO-LAX
directFrontier
1h 29mSFO-LAX
directAvianca
1h 37mSFO-LAX
directLATAM Airlines
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directChina Southern
1h 30mSFO-LAX
directFinnair
1h 38mSFO-LAX
directITA Airways
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directANA
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directAir Tahiti Nui
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directLufthansa
1h 31mSFO-LAX
directVirgin Atlantic
1h 32mSFO-LAX
directBritish Airways
1h 42mSFO-LAX

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