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Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from London to San Francisco

Favourite airline: United Airlines
Flight tickets on the route London – San Francisco are most frequently booked with United Airlines.
United Airlines
6 %
KLM
2 %
Austrian Airlines
2 %
Tip: book 2 months before departure
The best time to buy tickets is 2 months before the flight. Pay only £240.00.
57 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: e.g. Tuesday
Flight prices fluctuate during the week. Flights are cheapest on   Monday and Tuesday by 18 %.
Direct flights are more expensive
Compared to flights with a stopover, direct flights are £11.00 more expensive on this route.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
11h 15min
25h 05min
19h 34min
£261
£250
£299
The favourite connection is non-stop
28 % of all bookings on the route London to San Francisco are for non-stop flights.
Route
bookings
Direct flights
11h 15min, from £261
28 %
1 stopover Dublin
14h 10min, from £358
7 %
1 stopover Frankfurt-Main
25h 05min, from £250
7 %

Useful information about the flight from London to San Francisco

Flights from London to San Francisco

The flight route from London (LON) to San Francisco (SFO) is popular with both tourists and business travellers in the United Kingdom. Between 5 and 6 connections are operated every day from a choice of London's airports as a direct flight. These are offered by several airlines such as United Airlines, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. The journey takes around 10 hours and 55 minutes for the outbound trip. Return travel will usually be slightly faster - taking 10 hours and 10 minutes on average.

Flights from London airports to San Francisco 

Flights to San Francisco will normally operate on the route London Heathrow to San Francisco International Airport and involve at least one stopover, which will depend on the airline. 

Fllights take between 15 and 28 hours or even longer. 

Cheap flight to San Francisco

Buying an air ticket on a last minute basis on this route may be the cheapest option. Tickets will be avaialble for as little as £400 return during the off-peak season and a flight with at least one stop-over will usually be slightly cheaper than a direct connection. To find a low cost ticket it is better to choose a flight with a stop-over on this route. It is also advisable to compare offers online with a flight price comparison to get the best deal.

Destination San Francisco

San Francisco is a very cosmopolitan city and well known for having been one of the centres of the hippie movement in the 1970s. The district of Haight-Ashbury continues the tradition with its lively music scene. Top tourist attractions in the city are the Golden Gate Bridge and the narrow steep roads and trams. Silicon Valley in the vicinity makes the city a favourite destination with business travellers. The destination airport is San Francisco International Airport, which is located around 13 miles from downtown San Francisco. There are buses and trains at most terminals transferring passengers to the city of San Francisco. The airport of departure in London will be either Gatwick Airport, London City or Heathrow Airport.

Flight details London - San Francisco
  • Flight duration: min. 11:10 / max. 11:25
  • Distance: 8637 km
  • Flights per week: 47
  • Return flight duration: min. 10:15 / max. 10:35