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Cheap Flights from New York to San Francisco International

Flight information New York to San Francisco International

Cheapest roundtrip price last month

Non-stop airlines

8

Flights per week

279

Average flight time, total distance 2568 miles

5h 57min

Most popular airline last month

United

San Francisco International

1 airport

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The cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco covers about 2,500 miles, and takes about 6 hours in the air, provided you’re flying direct. American, United, Delta, Virgin America and JetBlue all have many weekly flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport(JFK) to San Francisco International Airport(SFO.) From Newark (EWR) Virgin America and United offer direct flights to SFO. There are currently no non-stop options from LaGuardia(LGA,) but you can often find really good deals on flights with one short stop in a major hub like Orlando or Atlanta.

Making your way to New York’s airports

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - New York’s biggest airport consists of eight widely-spaced terminals, connected by rapid AirTrain service. It’s possible to connect to the AirTrain from the NYC subway and the Long Island Railway, which makes JFK reasonably accessible by public transit.

Newark Liberty International Airport(EWR) – While this airport is actually located in New Jersey, Newark will generally appear in the results of a “New York/All Airports” search. EWR’s three terminals are designated A, B, and C. Newark is also fairly accessible by public transportation. There’s a NJ Transit train from New York Penn Station which arrives at the Newark Airport Train Station. This is where you’ll connect to the AirTrain Newark service.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) – While LaGuardia sees a high volume of passengers, it is relatively small and easy to navigate. Its four terminals are named A, B, C, and D. The public transport options to this airport are limited, often involving multiple buses, and can be awkward and time-consuming, especially for those with luggage.

Arriving in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of those legendary American cities that feel instantly familiar, due in part to the huge presence it has in both movies and television. The city is as lovely as it appears on the screen, though rather more complex. Distinctive neighborhoods with long, lively histories give San Francisco much of its distinctive flavor.

On a first visit, many of the iconic sights and experiences are more than worth the time. A trip across the beautiful red bridge, a long day spent exploring the riches of Golden Gate Park, a burrito in The Mission, a trolley through the Castro, a somber afternoon in Alcatraz.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice, with some of the country’s best museums at your fingertips. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is legendary, while niche galleries and museums like the Cartoon Art Museum and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art cater to every taste.

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Flights From New York To San Francisco: Frequently Asked Questions

Which airlines offer direct flights from New York to San Francisco?

Five airlines run non-stop flights from New York to San Francisco. United Airlines is the most popular carrier on this route, with daily flights departing from Newark Liberty Airport. Other airlines flying direct from New York to San Francisco include:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • jetBlue
Which airports do these direct flights from New York to San Francisco typically depart from?

United's non-stop flights to San Francisco leave from Newark Liberty Airport. Alaska Airlines' flights depart from JFK and Newark airports, while American Airlines, Delta and jetBlue fly out of JFK airport.

When is the cheapest time of year to fly this route?

The ticket prices on flights from New York to San Francisco do not fluctuate too much throughout the year. The cheapest time of year to travel to San Francisco to New York, though, is between the months of September through December, when airfare on this route is a bit lower than in June, July and August.

How long is the flight from NY to San Francisco?

This cross-country flight takes you across 2,568 miles. The average flight time on this route is six hours.

How much is a direct flight versus a flight with stops going from New York to San Francisco?

One of the cheapest non-stop flights via Alaska Airlines on this route costs approximately $260. An American Airlines flight making a stop in Charlotte, NC is priced at $270.

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Is flying from New York to San Francisco the cheapest way to travel?

Buses that travel from New York to San Francisco have an economy fare of about $264, one way. This bus trip takes more than three days with three or more transfers involved. Another option is to take a train from NY Penn Station for $232, also one-way. This method of travel takes up to 80 hours, with transfers. Not only is a round-trip flight from New York to San Francisco the quickest method of transportation, it's also the least expensive. You can look for cheap last-minute flight deals on Skyscanner to get the most out of your travel dollars.

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