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New York to San Francisco flight information

Avg. flight duration 6h 04m
Flights arrive in San Francisco
Flights depart from New York
Flight price £124
Distance 2568 miles
Airlines United, American Airlines, Virgin America

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Low season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
June
Most popular time to fly
9%
expected price increase
Average price:
£356
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
£247
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from New York to San Francisco

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for £246 or less.
The cheapest flight from New York to San Francisco was found, on average, 25 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 3% more expensive 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?
An average non-stop flight takes 6h 18m, covering a distance of 2568 miles.
How many flights are there between New York and San Francisco?
There are 2,560 (non-stop) flights between New York and San Francisco per week, averaging 376 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 United (£154), American Airlines (£154) and Multiple Airlines (£163).
Do I need a passport to fly between New York and San Francisco?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between New York and San Francisco?
Alaska Airlines (34 times daily), United (31 times daily), Air New Zealand (30 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, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Francisco back to New York, the best deals are generally found on Saturday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

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Airports
Origin
New York
£167
only
£167
£154
only
£154
Newark
£154
only
£154
Destination
San Francisco
£154
only
£154
Sat, 27 Jan
EWR
SFO
6h 36m
Tue, 30 Jan
SFO
EWR
5h 23m
£154
Trip: 4 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 170 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
SFO
OK 5.6

Leg room on the flight was terrible simply terrible.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Onboard entertainment was outstanding and the crew was attentive to everyone and their needs at all times

It took a really long time to board not sure why and the food didn’t taste bad but made me a little sick to my stomach afterwards.

EWR
SFO
Good 6.3

Om time

Didn't offer food, just handed out soda

EWR
SFO
Good 7.0

Too long delayed

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

The female crew was polite and courteous.

The male crew acted like they were above the customers.

Sat, 3 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 56m
Tue, 6 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£154
Trip: 4 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 25 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.3

On time, no problems, free food

3 & 3 configuration

LHR
ORD
Poor 0.0

Didn't make the flight because the flight to London was cancelled.

LAX
HND
Excellent 8.6

This was the best in flight crew I’ve experienced in economy class. They were efficient, friendly & humorous! Keep up the great work! They made flying in not so comfortable seats bearable.

JFK
SFO
OK 4.0

Nothing

Customer service was not great. They canceled my flight without any great reason. While I learned about another situation regarding my flight, I was not treated well on the phone by costumer service. I don't think I want to fly with American Airlines again.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

The seats were comfortable and had good foot space.

Mon, 12 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 50m
Wed, 14 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 23m
£163
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 10 Apr
EWR
SFO
6h 34m
Thu, 19 Apr
SFO
EWR
5h 27m
£164
Trip: 10 days
7.7GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.7 Good
Based on 344 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

I like everything except boarding groups.

Boarding groups are an issue every single time for me. I check in 24 hours in advance always. I am an elevator member. I ha e sat in at least 10 different rows all over the plane front to back. But somehow I am always boarding group B and it seems like 100 people are boarding group A. I have asked many times and the staff assured me it’s based on where you’re sitting but clearly that’s just not true. I would like an explanation as to how you choose boarding group A. (I.e. I would like to know the exact rows I need to book to get boarding group A. I am sick of having to board in the middle of the pack or last when I am Incredibly punctual and efficient with my bookings and timing.

EWR
SFO
Good 7.3

Flight was prompt

This crew was jeuvenile and while service was fine the shrieking and perpetual laughter from the back felt like we were in a 20something bar not trying to get rest on a 6 hour flight.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

Free movie, free drink and great crews

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

This flight was excellent in every way. When I was going through security in Newark they caught my 5oz NY special hot sauce :( I purchased it for my husband's Christmas present. So I went back and asked Virgin staff if there was any way they could check my bag. They listened to my story and had pity on me and checked my bag. The flight was smooth, entertainment was excellent. Then, I left my water bottle and chocolate bar on the plane when I deplaned, so when I immediately remembered I came back. While I waited outside the door the kind staff went to my seat to retrieve my forgotten items. Thank you Virgin for having great people!!!

Nothing!

EWR
SFO
Good 6.8

Leg spacing good.

Entertainment can be added with little more new titles for a longer flight. Very few options. In TV shows: CNN service not available was a disappointment

Tue, 24 Apr
EWR
SFO
6h 18m
Fri, 4 May
SFO
EWR
5h 32m
£164
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 9 Jan
LGA
SFO
10h 47m
Tue, 16 Jan
SFO
LGA
9h 05m
£167
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52452 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
ALB
Mediocre 2.0

Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation.

MUC
IAD
Excellent 9.6

Staff were respectful Plane was warm enough Left on time Extended leg room seats were actually comfortable Not next to toilets

Food was somewhat disappointing. Ordered a gluten free meal which somehow turned into a vegetarian meal - that was disappointing.

AUS
EWR
Mediocre 3.3

The staff put on a smiley face despite the delays and upset passengers.

Delays from an earlier flight getting in and then maintenance delays. It was an overcrowded, uncomfortable flight. We didn't even get an apology from it being over 40 minutes late. Then you want us to buy tv? I'm thinking of flying Jet Blue next time!

AUA
EWR
Mediocre 2.0

Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation.

IAH
SCL
Good 6.6

Flight was on time.

Long flights should have something edible.

Tue, 10 Apr
JFK
SFO
6h 25m
Wed, 18 Apr
SFO
JFK
5h 46m
£168
Trip: 9 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 489 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Comfort

I couldn't get my seat assigned on the internet and then I had to wait forever at the gate until someone give me some position about that.

JFK
SFO
Good 7.0

Crew were most pleasant.

Our flight was delayed twice, which made it a long day a long day. Also a limited selection of food.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Free movies

The seats are very tight and uncomfortable. Im not big, but i could barely fit in the seat. For such a long flight, it is important to at least have a little bit more back support and space.

JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

There was nothing else wrong

There was a flight attendant,Rachel,who should definitely choose a different line of work.She had an attitude and surely an unfriendly demeanor.Certainly gave the impression of someone not happy with her job.This type of person should not be dealing with customers.

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.0

On time processes, pleasant staff, reasonable prices, inflight entertainment, adequate spacing for luggage and average body dimensions.

2 bathrooms for the main cabin with approximately 180 passengers was challenging. In addition, getting to and from the bathroom with narrow aisles and minimal rear cabin space wasn’t well thought through.

Tue, 30 Jan
EWR
SFO
8h 48m
Sat, 3 Feb
SFO
EWR
5h 30m
£165
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 27 Jan
LGA
SFO
10h 16m
Tue, 30 Jan
SFO
LGA
7h 05m
£167
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52452 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
CDG
ORD
Mediocre 2.6

Horrible communicatuon between the crew and passengers. Poor entertainment and comfort. The delay in Chicago was poorly updated and once the plane landed the flight taxied for upwards of a half hour.

EWR
ALB
Mediocre 2.0

Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation.

ORD
LHR
Mediocre 2.0

I wasn't able to make the flight and the ticket agency refused to offer me a refund.

EWR
BRU
Mediocre 2.6

I was put up in a hotel

I never received my luggage. I waited hours and Swissport never filed a report. I did see the Brussels flight I should have gone on did depart late. But as I was waiting for luggage and they gave me a hotel room I hadn’t checked the screen. I was most concerned of the person travelling to pick me up in Bordeaux as it is a journey for them as well

AUA
EWR
Mediocre 2.0

Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation.

Wed, 11 Apr
EWR
SFO
6h 18m
Thu, 19 Apr
SFO
EWR
5h 27m
£168
Trip: 9 days
7.7GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.7 Good
Based on 344 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

I’m a loyal VA customer and am sad that they were forced to sell. The employees have excellent service attitude and are efficient and seem to actually like their jobs which usually translates to a better customer experience.

That they are now part of Alaska Airline. I hope they can keep all the special little things and characteristics that made Virgin stand out above the rest.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Pink lighting in cabin. Plush leather seats. On time departure and early arrival.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.0

I like everything except boarding groups.

Boarding groups are an issue every single time for me. I check in 24 hours in advance always. I am an elevator member. I ha e sat in at least 10 different rows all over the plane front to back. But somehow I am always boarding group B and it seems like 100 people are boarding group A. I have asked many times and the staff assured me it’s based on where you’re sitting but clearly that’s just not true. I would like an explanation as to how you choose boarding group A. (I.e. I would like to know the exact rows I need to book to get boarding group A. I am sick of having to board in the middle of the pack or last when I am Incredibly punctual and efficient with my bookings and timing.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Friendly check-in staff, good choice of inflight entertainment, reasonable overhead storage space without overbooking passengers.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

This flight was excellent in every way. When I was going through security in Newark they caught my 5oz NY special hot sauce :( I purchased it for my husband's Christmas present. So I went back and asked Virgin staff if there was any way they could check my bag. They listened to my story and had pity on me and checked my bag. The flight was smooth, entertainment was excellent. Then, I left my water bottle and chocolate bar on the plane when I deplaned, so when I immediately remembered I came back. While I waited outside the door the kind staff went to my seat to retrieve my forgotten items. Thank you Virgin for having great people!!!

Nothing!

Mon, 23 Apr
EWR
SFO
6h 20m
Mon, 30 Apr
SFO
EWR
5h 29m
£165
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 3 Feb
LGA
SFO
8h 24m
Mon, 5 Feb
SFO
LGA
9h 35m
£167
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52452 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
AUA
EWR
Mediocre 2.0

Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation.

ORD
LHR
Mediocre 2.0

I wasn't able to make the flight and the ticket agency refused to offer me a refund.

SAT
IAH
Good 7.3

NA

NA

EWR
LAS
OK 4.0

Boarded in, then boarded out. Told aircraft was not inspected then delayed by ~2 hours due to bolts loose in a wing plate despite brand new aircraft

CDG
ORD
Mediocre 2.6

Horrible communicatuon between the crew and passengers. Poor entertainment and comfort. The delay in Chicago was poorly updated and once the plane landed the flight taxied for upwards of a half hour.

Wed, 21 Feb
JFK
SFO
6h 44m
Wed, 21 Mar
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£170
Trip: 28 days
7.4GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 489 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
JFK
SFO
Good 6.0

Poor selection of movies and in flight entertainment. Most movies were >20 years old. Too many lap dogs on flight!

JFK
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Good service,comfortable seats

For the six or so hour flight,they could have at least served a sandwich

JFK
SFO
Good 7.6

Jfk terminal 7 security terribly run

JFK
SFO
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

No food, not even a snack on a 6 hour flight . It was very hot the flight attendants are useless . Head rest very uncomfortable especially if you are short

JFK
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Check-in online is terrible because of poor Alaska-Virgin integration. I've taken 5-6 flights in past few months, and ALWAYS I click the email link to check in and it take me to a page that says "sorry - go to the other airline" with no link or anything. And I belong to both airlines' frequent flyer clubs.

Tue, 9 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 51m
Tue, 6 Feb
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£166
Trip: 29 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, 21 Feb
EWR
SFO
6h 45m
Wed, 21 Mar
SFO
EWR
5h 25m
£173
Trip: 28 days
7.7GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.7 Good
Based on 344 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

I’m a loyal VA customer and am sad that they were forced to sell. The employees have excellent service attitude and are efficient and seem to actually like their jobs which usually translates to a better customer experience.

That they are now part of Alaska Airline. I hope they can keep all the special little things and characteristics that made Virgin stand out above the rest.

EWR
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

Cancellation of flight. No assistance getting another flight. Other airlines continued to fly!

EWR
SFO
Good 6.8

Leg spacing good.

Entertainment can be added with little more new titles for a longer flight. Very few options. In TV shows: CNN service not available was a disappointment

EWR
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Pink lighting in cabin. Plush leather seats. On time departure and early arrival.

EWR
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Friendly check-in staff, good choice of inflight entertainment, reasonable overhead storage space without overbooking passengers.

Thu, 11 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 40m
Tue, 23 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£166
Trip: 13 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat, 13 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 56m
Tue, 23 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£166
Trip: 11 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, 14 Jan
JFK
SFO
6h 35m
Tue, 23 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 37m
£166
Trip: 10 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, 15 Jan
EWR
SFO
6h 40m
Mon, 5 Feb
SFO
EWR
5h 23m
£166
Trip: 22 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, 16 Jan
JFK
SFO
7h 02m
Tue, 30 Jan
SFO
JFK
5h 30m
£166
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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