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San Francisco to New York flight information

Avg. flight duration 5h 58m
Flights arrive in New York
Flights depart from San Francisco
Flight price £192
Distance 2,567 miles
Airlines Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Sun Country Air, American Airlines

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Low season:
February
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High season:
July
Most popular time to fly
11%
expected price increase
Average price:
£335
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
£180
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to New York

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Flight prices as travel date approaches
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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 £180 or less.
The cheapest flight from San Francisco to New York was found, on average, 74 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is February.
Morning departure is around 1% 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 San Francisco to New York Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to New York take?
The average direct flight takes 5h 15m, covering a distance of 2567 miles.
How many flights are there between San Francisco and New York?
There are 2,470 (direct) flights between San Francisco and New York per week, averaging 366 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to New York?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Alaska Airlines (£192), United Airlines (£243) and Sun Country Air (£248).
Which airlines fly most frequently between San Francisco and New York?
United Airlines (36 times daily), Air New Zealand (31 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 San Francisco to New York?
For San Francisco to New York, Friday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from New York back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Friday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from San Francisco to New York?
When flying out of San Francisco you will be using San Francisco, often referred to as San Francisco Airport. You will be landing at one of these airports: New York LaGuardia, Newark or New York John F Kennedy Intl.

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Airports
Origin
San Francisco
£192
only
£192
Destination
New York
£243
only
£243
£192
only
£192
Newark
£248
only
£248
Fri, 11 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 40m
Sat, 26 Oct
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
6h 15m
£192
Trip: 16 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 52 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
LAX
SFO
Good 7.6

Pros: The crew! The free entertainment!

Cons: Leaving late because of lack of luggage space and giving an option to checkin bag when there was actually no room. I’d rather they choose randomly to save time.

SAN
SMF
Good 7.2

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

SFO
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: I like people who work for Alaska they try they best are very professional and polite.

Cons: I travel from Hawai to New York with a laid over in San Francisco In the airplane around 6 hrs fly the offer only one time drinks. Went I check my luggage in HNL they tell me will go all the way to JFK airport , went I was in San Francisco they call me to pick up luggage because they don’t sent to New York. Went we arrive to San Francisco airport they delay fly for 3 hrs I have a hotel in NY to sleep for 5 hrs before I pick up rental car and start to drive to my next trip . I lost my hotel reservation, again only one time they offer drinks and food was not good in airplane .

ONT
SEA
Good 7.0

Pros: Crew was great. Flight was on time.

Cons: We were not given seat assignments until the flight was about to leave…

BUR
SEA
Good 6.8

Pros: The crew was good. The seats were fine. Movies were good.

Cons: It was chaotic getting to the desk to book a seat. I had to check my carry on luggage as there was no room in the overhead area. Due to delay taking off we we're a half hour late arriving.

Tue, 14 May
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
8h 22m
Thu, 16 May
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
11h 15m
£243
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
RIC
IAH
Good 6.0

Pros: Boarding and meal

Cons: Service in first class and the heavy turbulence could of reached a warning from the pilot

IAD
FRA
Good 7.6

Pros: Clean Friendly staff

Cons: Taking off on time - pilot got stuck in traffic on the way to airport. This caused us to miss our connecting flight. It is very unprofessional.

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!

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.

LAX
SJD
OK 4.0

Pros: I liked the lounge.

Cons: The boarding process could've been better (no excess of gate changes, overbooking the flight, and kicking people out of their seats). Additionally, the food on board could've been better. My chicken was not chicken and lastly the airline's hard product could've been better, no IFE is a big no-no.

Sat, 19 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
13h 25m
Mon, 28 Oct
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
£248
Trip: 10 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 8,646 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
6.8
Food
7.1
LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Everything was quick and efficient.

Cons: Little more organized with seating on the plane

MCO
MSP
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Seat was uncomfortable, but luckily we had an exit row so we had extra leg room. An entertainment station would be appreciated. There was a 3 hour delay due to technical difficulties, which was frustrating, but nothing could be done about it.

Cons: Crew could have been slightly friendlier and more willing to help.

MSP
LAX
Good 7.3

Pros: It was utilitarian and got me from point a to be at a very good price.

Cons: Smaller seats, no entertainment to speak of. No complimentary snacks.

MSP
LAX
OK 4.8

Cons: Cramped seating, limited overhead bin space, mediocre experience. Next time I’ll spend the extra money and fly Delta.

PSP
PDX
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: Didn’t leave Palm Springs until after we were already supposed to be IN portland.

Thu, 23 May
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
18h 09m
Tue, 28 May
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
11h 05m
£392
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 38,322 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
GSP
CLT
Good 6.5

Pros: Once the flight began everything was fine

Cons: The flight was delayed 3.5 hours without a solid reason being explained to the passengers

BDL
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Pros: I liked being able to board early as an active duty service member.

Cons: I don't really have anything to complain about.

PHX
DEN
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Crew was great

Cons: Absolutely no accommodation for seat assignments and the lady at the gate was so rude for even just asking to sit next to my fiancé even though there were tons of single people on the flight.

PDX
DFW
OK 4.6

Pros: The seat was cormfortable and the entertainment was dope!

Cons: Communication. The pilot did not say when he was landing and considering it was a rough landing it would have been helpful to say. He said we shall be landing like 40minutes before Then quiet

ANU
JFK
OK 5.0

Cons: Seats what happened to towlets after food Also never asked if we would like water etc I felt invisible

Sat, 19 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 40m
Mon, 28 Oct
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
9h 00m
£244
Trip: 10 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 52 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
FAT
PDX
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything was good

Cons: Food

SFO
JFK
Good 6.3

Pros: Boarding was quick, uneventful. Standard issue, the passengers were on their own to stow bags, get seated...even as crew was requesting that bags be turned on their sides like a book to provide as much room as possible. Then please go through the cabin and assist. Otherwise it was fine because no one has anything approaching expectations these days.

Cons: This plane was older, smaller and less comfortable than the one we flew from JFK to SFO. For 5 plus hours it wasn’t the most inviting. At landing several people appeared desperate to deplane, perhaps to make connections but no one assisted them. There were also passengers from the rear of the plane up and in the aisle immediately which just causes tension and friction for those still seated. That’s when I want to and did say something to certain individuals and made them wait. But this is the flight crew’s responsibility, not the passenger’s.

PDX
LAX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: crew amazing, since an added luggage is a carry on, we were given a pass on paying checked in luggage. thank you very much Alaska Airlines

Cons: none that I could remember

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.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Pros: On time, efficient. Always like the video options.

Cons: Food choices so limited and boring.

Fri, 11 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
5h 15m
Sat, 26 Oct
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
£248
Trip: 16 days
6.7GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.7 Good
Based on 252 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
SFO
EWR
OK 4.0

Pros: Not too much. I suppose the fact that they put me on a first class (though 45 minute) flight to get me closer to my destination wasn't a bad touch, and my bag was where they said it would be even if I had to get it myself

Cons: The two and a half hour delay leaving for starters. Every 30 minutes someone came on to tell us we would leave in a little while but then we didn't

SFO
EWR
Good 7.3

Pros: Crew seemed experienced and professional.

Cons: Aisle seats have smaller under-the-seat storage space than other seats. The transition from a First Class to Economy was abrupt and kinda depressing.

SFO
EWR
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: The crew was friendly.

Cons: Seating is incredibly cramped now. I'm not a big guy by any means and I couldn't sit without touching the person next to me or even rest my head on the tray table, and the seat backs reclined barely 6 inches. That made it pretty much impossible to sleep on a red-eye. And there were no entertainment screen, though we had them in the EWR->SFO direction. All in all bottom 10% of flights I've been on. Do better.

SFO
EWR
OK 5.3

Pros: TV with good documentaries

Cons: Brand new plane with technical problems; we had to sit on tarmac for an hour and then all deplane, wait another hour, then still delays after re boarding. Landing late at night in Newark makes train connections to NYC a great hassle.

SFO
EWR
Excellent 8.3

Pros: On time. Crew was good.

Cons: No complaints.

Fri, 11 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
7h 31m
Sat, 26 Oct
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
9h 45m
£261
Trip: 16 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
GVA
IAD
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Wifi did not work well.

CDG
SFO
Good 7.6

Pros: Delightful crew.

Cons: Decent dinner in business class, but pretty awful breakfast omelette. I didn’t figure out what should have been complete adjustability of seats, & crew could not help,

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

BOS
IAD
OK 5.2

Cons: Reliability

ORD
SBN
Good 6.5

Cons: Flight was very late departing

Sat, 19 Oct
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
9h 52m
Mon, 28 Oct
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
9h 50m
£300
Trip: 10 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
IAH
BOG
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Despite dozens of empty seats in Economy Plus, flight attendants refused to allow anyone to move into the 8 vacant rows keeping us crowded in coach economy.

ORD
LHR
Excellent 8.0

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

MSP
EWR
Excellent 8.3

Cons: We were delayed for an hour sitting in the tarmac because of “VIP” which sucked

IAD
LAX
OK 4.0

Pros: The food was quite good actually

Cons: comfort level was terrible

DFW
ORD
Good 7.5

Cons: Attendant had a chip on his shoulder

Wed, 15 May
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 45m
Sun, 19 May
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
6h 25m
£348
Trip: 5 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 52 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SEA
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.6

Pros: The crew was great

Cons: Having seats assigned at the gate wasn’t the most efficient

ANC
SEA
Good 6.8

Pros: Nice crew.

Cons: The food. Breakfast sandwich was soggy and kinda gross. Hot towels were not hot. What’s the point if they are lukewarm?

RDM
PDX
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Premium class has great legroom on 737-800. Crew was friendly. Seats were comfortable.

Cons: The restrooms on the 737-800 are tiny and cramped. The landing in Boston was quite a jolt.

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Free movies

Cons: No free snacks

Fri, 19 Apr
SFO
San Francisco
LGA
New York LaGuardia
9h 16m
Sun, 21 Apr
LGA
New York LaGuardia
SFO
San Francisco
8h 36m
£502
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 38,322 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.7
CMH
DCA
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The air hostess didn’t smile while offering cookies, but she wasn’t rude. She later asked my fellow passenger to move to another window seat and I had the comfort of 2 seats.

CLT
BWI
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Awesome Customer Service

Cons: Nothing

MAD
CLT
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: The crew and the seats were okay.

Cons: The flight was delayed for almost 2 hrs. We should receive credits for that.

BDL
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Pros: I liked being able to board early as an active duty service member.

Cons: I don't really have anything to complain about.

PHX
ELP
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Awesome Customer Service

Cons: Nothing

Fri, 19 Apr
SFO
San Francisco
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
5h 40m
Tue, 23 Apr
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl
SFO
San Francisco
6h 35m
£627
Trip: 5 days
8.2ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.2 Excellent
Based on 52 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SFO
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: I like people who work for Alaska they try they best are very professional and polite.

Cons: I travel from Hawai to New York with a laid over in San Francisco In the airplane around 6 hrs fly the offer only one time drinks. Went I check my luggage in HNL they tell me will go all the way to JFK airport , went I was in San Francisco they call me to pick up luggage because they don’t sent to New York. Went we arrive to San Francisco airport they delay fly for 3 hrs I have a hotel in NY to sleep for 5 hrs before I pick up rental car and start to drive to my next trip . I lost my hotel reservation, again only one time they offer drinks and food was not good in airplane .

SFO
JFK
Excellent 8.6

Pros: The crew was great

Cons: Having seats assigned at the gate wasn’t the most efficient

SFO
BOS
Good 6.0

Pros: The crew were friendly, and the seating were uncomfortably hard. Seat pitch weren’t as great. Mood lighting were nice.

Cons: More comfortable seat, offer a meal service since it is “transcontinental”.

RDM
PDX
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Premium class has great legroom on 737-800. Crew was friendly. Seats were comfortable.

Cons: The restrooms on the 737-800 are tiny and cramped. The landing in Boston was quite a jolt.

SEA
BZN
Good 7.6

Cons: Forced us to check our bags. Moderate delay at the gate as they did not pull up close enough to the gangway…

Fri, 19 Apr
SFO
San Francisco
EWR
Newark
5h 23m
Sun, 21 Apr
EWR
Newark
SFO
San Francisco
6h 26m
£634
Trip: 3 days
7.5GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.5 Good
Based on 41 reviews
Overall
8.5
Boarding
8.6
Comfort
8.3
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.9
SFO
LAX
Excellent 8.4

Cons: No snacks :(

SFO
EWR
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Courteous crew, quick boarding and roght time flight

Cons: No free snacks for a six jour flight. Restrooms were too small.

DCA
LAX
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Customer needs better control over their seat assignments.

SJC
DAL
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Everything . Every facility wifi, texting ,food and movies

Cons: Please provide Charging port for economy class

FAT
PDX
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Everything was good

Cons: Food

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