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New York to San Francisco flight information

Avg. flight duration 5h 59m
Flights arrive in San Francisco
Flights depart from New York
Flight price £194
Distance 2,567 miles
Airlines Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines

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Low season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High season:
November
Most popular time to fly
6%
expected price increase
Average price:
£171
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
£167
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from New York to San Francisco

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for £166 or less.
The cheapest flight from New York to San Francisco was found, on average, 88 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be October, November and December. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 17% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking New York to San Francisco Flights

How long does a flight from New York to San Francisco take?
The average direct flight takes 5h 56m, covering a distance of 2567 miles.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 2,618 (direct) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 389 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from New York to San Francisco?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Alaska Airlines (£194), JetBlue (£222) and United Airlines (£248).
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York and San Francisco?
United Airlines (38 times daily), Air New Zealand (35 times daily), Alaska Airlines (23 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from New York to San Francisco?
For New York to San Francisco, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Friday, with Thursday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from New York to San Francisco?
When flying out of New York you will be using one of these airports: New York LaGuardia, Newark or New York John F Kennedy Intl. You will be landing at San Francisco, also known as San Francisco Airport.

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Airports
Origin
New York
£271
only
£271
£194
only
£194
Newark
£248
only
£248
Destination
San Francisco
£194
only
£194
Fri, 11 Oct
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
Sat, 19 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 19m
£194
Trip: 9 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 60 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SAN
PAE
Good 6.0

Pros: Great legroom

Cons: A crew member apparently thought I wasn’t throwing my trash away quickly enough, so he very roughly reached through my legs to get it. It was super inappropriate and made me feel really uncomfortable. He should be reprimanded. Makes me feel unsafe flying on Alaska.

SFO
LAX
Excellent 8.4

Cons: No snacks :(

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

Pros: Customer service excellent

Cons: Ground crew and crews on plane not communicating with passengers. I have canceled flight which my daughter texted me that flight canceled while I wear sitting at the gate. Next morning flight had delayed I found out while checking the flight status on line again I was at the gate

SEA
BUR
Good 6.6

Pros: The air conditioning?

Cons: Nobody ever wants to be advertised to (use our credit card?) after paying a few hundred bucks for the ride. I don’t care how many other airlines are doing it, cut it out.

SEA
MSP
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Crew was great and the entertainment selection was top notch!

Cons: Seat was uncomfortable after about an hour, no in seat power :/

Thu, 6 Jun
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
6h 40m
Mon, 10 Jun
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 42m
£222
Trip: 5 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 183 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: return flight was better service

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

Cons: Entertainment system was down

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Cons: I hate no text alerts for the final return flights. Again this Sucks big time. They don't care enough about having their passengers well being after a long flight. The people in charged with IT should be fired. If you don't care to provide the same level of service as everyone else you should not be in the business.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Excellent service as usual. I fly only JetBlue. Seats are comfortable and spacious. Crew is kind and professional. Best snacks and drink service. They make flying more comfortable.

Cons: Nothing

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

Pros: The crew was very nice.

Cons: My video screen did not work so I couldn't watch anything. Then when we landed we had to wait an hour on the tarmac before we could get to a gate.

Sat, 15 Jun
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
5h 56m
Mon, 17 Jun
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
5h 25m
£248
Trip: 3 days
6.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.8 Good
Based on 207 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The crew was hospitable and friendly. They helped me get to my seat and were very effiecient during their food service.

Cons: As soon as we boarded, the told us that the wifi was unavailable throughout the flight.

EWR
SFO
Good 6.0

Cons: It would be helpful if United can advise the passengers that their meals are for purchase, I think the selections are limited and I would pick up something ar the vendors near the lounge before boarding. For such a long flight, maybe United could offer more selection T on entertainment and news channel also.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Three hours late

EWR
SFO
OK 4.6

Pros: On time arrival despite leaving 55 minutes late

Cons: Wi-Fi entertainment didn’t work.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Flight was four hours delayed.

Fri, 11 Oct
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
Sat, 19 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
13h 25m
£259
Trip: 9 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 47 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SJC
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew so polite and friendly. Also very accommodating with young man with special needs.

SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Fast flight

Cons: Blanket provided

LAX
SEA
Good 7.5

Pros: It was just a reall good flight ☺️

Cons: Maybe a little friendlier attendants.

SEA
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Cons: The fact that the shampoo from one bathroom was not available so had to wait to use the other one to just wash your hands or entirely

Thu, 6 Jun
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
11h 43m
Mon, 10 Jun
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
8h 41m
£271
Trip: 5 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 17,078 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.8
JFK
AUA
Excellent 9.6

Pros: The seats were great! Loved the legroom!

Cons: There were a lot of old movies in the selection.

BOS
DCA
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The service and the food

Cons: Entertainment

BOS
BWI
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew was very welcoming

Cons: Maybe more breakfast snacks

LAX
BOS
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Very happy with my flight. Very nice new airplane.Jet Blue has become my preferred airline.

JFK
CTG
Excellent 9.2

Cons: Entertainment systems were very old. Some were not working. Old plane overall

Tue, 28 May
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
11h 05m
Fri, 31 May
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
7h 59m
£288
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,945 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
FRA
IAD
OK 5.6

Pros: I flee economy. Seats are tight and not real comfy but the crew always is helpful with pillows and blanket.

Cons: The touch screen to watch movies was terrible. The screen did not respond well at all to touch and there was no Sound. Even when attempting to increase volume with volume control, it simply did not work. Even my seat mate attempted it and had no luck. extremely long flight- no entertainment

ORD
LHR
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Efficient boarding and on time service from ORD to LHR

SFO
RDU
Excellent 8.0

Cons: It would have been great but they ran out of Buffalo Trace halfway through the flight - or that is the line from flight attendants

SFO
SBA
OK 4.5

Cons: Very late flight, seats bad

OMA
ORD
OK 5.3

Pros: My original flight and rebooked flight were both canceled, then this flight was delayed. Even with the extra time, we still sat on the runway because paperwork wasn't in order. It was just a mess.

Cons: I had to rebook my own flight and considering the plane was already delayed, it should have departed as soon as we left the gate.

Thu, 18 Jul
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
Tue, 30 Jul
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
5h 21m
£274
Trip: 13 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 47 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SFO
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Fast flight

Cons: Blanket provided

GEG
PDX
Excellent 8.5

Pros: The crew was so nice and the flight was on time and smooth.

Cons: The chairs were really uncomfortable and narrow.

SAN
SMF
Good 7.2

Cons: Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling.

SJC
SAN
Good 7.6

Pros: Worth the price

Cons: Crew can be little more friendly but it is ok

EWR
SFO
Good 6.0

Pros: Free movies

Cons: Delayed flight two hours and didn’t receive a text or email. They had no headphones available. My seat didn’t adjust to lean. Food choices were poor.

Mon, 29 Apr
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
7h 04m
Thu, 2 May
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 50m
£280
Trip: 4 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 183 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.8
JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

Pros: The crew was very nice.

Cons: My video screen did not work so I couldn't watch anything. Then when we landed we had to wait an hour on the tarmac before we could get to a gate.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Cons: The flight got delayed

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: I will be leaving Dublin to SFO today on Aer Lingus.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Seats quite comfortable (not as bad as Primera Air Scandinavia). Smooth takeoff. Smooth ride. Smooth landing. Self service onboard snack machine offering more than descent snacks. Quite nice flight crew. We boarded, departed and landed on time. Well done JetBlue.

Cons: Nothing really. Folks, remember. You get what you pay for (with some exceptions though).

JFK
SFO
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Great, friendly, communicative service, as always with jetBlue.

Thu, 18 Jul
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
9h 29m
Tue, 30 Jul
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
10h 49m
£334
Trip: 13 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,945 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
LHR
IAH
Good 7.6

Pros: Helpful and friendly flight attendants

Cons: If our flight took off on time. If United would’ve been more organized when it was time to board. My flight took off over an hour behind schedule with no explanation as to why. It landed late as well. I almost missed my connecting flight,i I hadn’t of ran I would’ve been stuck!

SFO
YYZ
Good 7.3

Pros: The flight captain made up the total time that the flight was delayed, good take off & good landing, got us to Toronto on time. Thanks.

Cons: Male flight crew could be better - first do your job of giving out the immigration forms then chat, not complete handing them out just one minute before landing so passengers can de-plane & then fill out the forms

IAH
AUS
OK 4.0

Pros: N/A

Cons: If my flight hasn’t been delayed and if one of the flight attendants didn’t have an attitude towards me.

GVA
IAD
Good 6.3

Pros: crew

Cons: seat awful, legroom awful, crowded overhead bins, jammed with people

MCO
EWR
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Yes

Cons: The cs

Mon, 29 Apr
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
Thu, 2 May
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
5h 23m
£314
Trip: 4 days
7.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.1 Good
Based on 47 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
EWR
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Quick boarding process, comfortable economy seats with leg room and smooth flight from nyc to sfo.

Cons: Miss beverage service and free headsets. Not much else to complain about.

SAN
SMF
Good 7.2

Cons: Delay taking off and delay arriving to gate due to scheduling.

LAX
SEA
Good 7.5

Pros: It was just a reall good flight ☺️

Cons: Maybe a little friendlier attendants.

SJC
SAN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew so polite and friendly. Also very accommodating with young man with special needs.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.6

Cons: No entertainment i.e TV No food Flight delayed for 2.5 hours with prior notice until just few minutes the boarding time

Tue, 30 Apr
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
8h 23m
Thu, 2 May
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
10h 09m
£350
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 62,945 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ORD
ERI
Excellent 10.0

Pros: I love the smaller Jets now that goes to Erie. Less noise love the one seater on the side.

Cons: To be very honest nothing could be done because you guys did great!

BJX
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Late start by approximately 30 minutes. Made up the entire 30 in the air. Smooth ride all the way!

SFO
RDU
Excellent 8.0

Cons: It would have been great but they ran out of Buffalo Trace halfway through the flight - or that is the line from flight attendants

ORD
SMF
Good 6.0

Pros: yes

Cons: the plane's seating

FLL
IAH
Excellent 8.0

Pros: The crew was amazing! Very nice, professional, courteous. Couldn’t have asked for better. I also enjoyed having wifi for viewing your movies in contrast to screens behind the seats.

Cons: A variety of bag of chips in contrast with pretzel sticks.

Tue, 28 May
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
11h 18m
Fri, 31 May
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
9h 15m
£396
Trip: 4 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 17,078 reviews
Overall
8.2
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.8
BOS
TPA
OK 4.6

Cons: Entertainment screen for my seat and many seats by me did not . work at all.

JFK
LAX
OK 4.3

Pros: One flight attendant was sweet and kind the other was rude the boarding crew was wonderful.

Cons: The older white lady was snarky for no reason to not just me idk if she was just cranky or what. My screen never worked the entire flight and the wifi was slow and shotty it was a harsh flight and I usually rave over jetblue idk what happened.

PHL
BOS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The plane was super empty so everyone had their own row to themselves

LGB
PDX
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Flights delayed!!! 4 hrs!! Rude help ! Delayed getting on cuz of no wheelchair had to wait additional 10 just for a wheel chair !! Then attendant set off door alarm!! So now had to wait for police to turn off alarm!!! By this time enough!!!!!!!! Worst ever and I’m traveling with three young child.

CLE
FLL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The ability to purchase headphones and a blanket for a fair price.

Cons: There was a child (guessing) with gas that made the air quality unpleasant several times.

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