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Flights toSan Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco

Flight time from London

10 hrs 55 mins

Distance from London

5,351 miles

San Francisco has always been a place to inspire travel, and has been immortalised many times in film, song, and literature. Whether you’re planning an epic road trip down the Californian coast, want to ride the cable cars halfway to the stars, or get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ve got flights to San Francisco whatever your travel plans.

We fly to both San Francisco and Oakland airports giving you even more choice. Looking for easy access to the city? Try Oakland. Heading to Napa Valley? Book flights to San Francisco. When you book with us, you can expect great service every step of your journey. Our teams are always on hand to make sure you have a smooth and pleasant holiday to San Francisco.

Flights to San Francisco

With two direct daily flights to San Francisco from London Heathrow, and up to four weekly flights between London Gatwick and Oakland, you can choose flights to suit you and your travel plans. Whatever shape your 2018 trip is taking, from an extended road trip to a whistle-stop city break, we have flights to San Francisco for everyone.

For inspiration on what to do when you arrive, make sure you check out our San Francisco travel guides, which are packed with expert tips from on-the-ground locals and award-winning travel writers.

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A flyers’ guide: San Francisco flight tips

Everything you need to know about flying to San Francisco with British Airways

What’s the cheapest time to fly to San Francisco?

San Francisco is a very popular destination with more than 18 million tourists visiting annually. The summer months of June, July and August are particularly popular times for tourism in San Francisco, so airfares can be higher. To find our cheapest flights to San Francisco, use our lowest fare finder.

How long is the flight time from London to San Francisco?

The flight takes just over ten and a half hours. British Airways operates two direct flights to San Francisco a day: fly from London Heathrow to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Alternatively, why not fly to Oakland? We operate up to four direct flights a week from London Gatwick to Oakland (OAK) – and you’ll find it allows you to get into San Francisco quicker.

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Where is San Francisco International Airport and what is the best way to get into the city?

San Francisco International Airport is situated 12 miles south of the Downtown area of the city. Hiring a car is an easy way to get around this city and to and from the airport, and gives you the freedom to take day trips to the coast or road trips.

There are several taxi ranks at the airport, and the cost to San Francisco is between $50-$70 (don’t forget there may be an airport surcharge on taxis). Take the hassle out of your airport transfer by pre-booking a Shuttle Transfer with us, simply choose the best option for you when you make you flights or holiday reservation. The cost is around $17 and the time they take to reach your destination will depend on the number of passengers.

A no-reservation-required bus, the SAM Trans, costs just $2-$5 and runs from the airport to various destinations en route to Downtown. Or prebook the BART bus on its website, it departs from outside the International Terminal and costs from just $8.40 for a trip into the city.

Arriving into Oakland (OAK)?

Where is Oakland in relation to San Francisco?

Oakland is just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco – it is around 30 minutes by car and 40 minutes on the BART line train to Downtown San Francisco. Jump on the BART train from Oakland Airport to the Oakland Coliseum and then change to the Downtown SF train to get into the heart of the action.

For more tips and advice on travelling in and around San Francisco, check out our travel guide.

Do I need a visa to travel to San Francisco?

If you’re travelling on a British passport, there’s no need to get a visa in advance – but you do need to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel. There is a $14 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.

Find out more about visa requirements

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to San Francisco?

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to San Francisco?

Our economy cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to San Francisco. You can select your seats in advance for an extra fee – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane, while those directly above the wings reduce the intensity of turbulence. Alternatively, free seat selection is available 24 hours in advance when online check-in opens.

Premium economy gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.

Our business and first class cabins have fully flat beds for total comfort.

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How many bags can I check in on my flight to San Francisco?

Economy class customers travelling in Standard Economy or when you book a package holiday, you can check in one bag each, weighing up to a generous 23kg, with additional baggage allowances for those travelling in premium economy (two 23kg bags), business class (two bags at 32kg each) and first class (three bags at 32kg each). If you have any additional baggage requirements, read our baggage guide to find out more.

Three long-haul flight tips for San Francisco

Travelling can be very tiring, but there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you arrive feeling as well as possible.

  1. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself fully hydrated throughout the flight and beforehand. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake during the flight and before it will aid this, and could also help you sleep.
  2. You can beat jet lag by adjusting to your new time zone as soon as you board the plane to LA time. Use our jet lag calculator to find out more.
  3. Move around regularly during the flight and do some simple stretching exercises to keep blood flowing. The slowing of blood circulation is one of the most common side-effects of jet lag.

Plan your perfect San Francisco trip

See the city like a local

Where to stay

Whatever type of hotel you are looking for and in whichever neighbourhood, from the waterside location of Fisherman’s Wharf to hip hangout of Hayes Valley, near local attractions or on the bay, our carefully chosen San Francisco hotels suit every budget.Find a San Francisco hotel

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Things to do

While you’re in San Francisco make the most of the great scenery, both in the city and outside it. Walking the length of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is a must, and why not also take an urban hike underneath the bridge from the Marina to Fort Point.San Francisco and Oakland hikes

See the city like a local

Where to go for a drink

Apart from the ever-growing restaurant scene, San Francisco is also lucky enough to have an amazing number of bars. From those for the young and hip to classic cocktail bars, you’re spoilt for choice here.San Francisco's best bars

San Francisco tips

These hints and tips will have you feeling like a San Francisco local in no time

When to tip

Tipping is customary in the USA. Bar tenders, hotel staff and doormen usually expect $1-$2, while an additional 15-20 per cent should be added to restaurant bills and cab rides.

Getting around

Hire a car or take cabs (there are several taxi apps and pre-book cab companies including Green Cab and the Yellow Cab company). There are also buses and trains run by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport).

Free attractions

Walk San Francisco’s most crooked road, Lombard Street, stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 or catch a free concert in Golden Gate Park, every Sunday, April to October.

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Sample artisan goodiesin the iconicFerry Building marketplace

Brittany Snow,  San Francisco-based travel writer

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