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Flights to California

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Avg flight time from London

10 hrs 45 mins

Cheapest return flights

£365

Distance from London

3,672 miles

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It’s a massive state, but don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. British Airways flies to four different cities in California – providing the perfect choice of launch pads for your next great adventure. Flying with British Airways to California is a dream. It’s time to head west.

You’ll be itching to get your holiday started, so choose our direct flights to California. We operate services from London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose. With our great service on board, a choice of exciting destinations and convenient flight times, travel with us for your perfect holiday to California.

California flight FAQs

What's the cheapest time to fly to California?

California gets hundreds of millions of tourists annually and is popular year-round. The busiest time to visit is in the summer months, and airfares on flights to California from London can rise accordingly in June, July and August. If you’re looking for cheap flights to California, use our lowest fare finder to find our best prices.

How long is the flight time from London to California?

You can reach Los Angeles and San Diego in just over 11 hours, and San Francisco and San Jose in ten and a half hours.

Which airports does British Airways fly into in California?

We serve four gateway airports in California: Los Angeles International (LAX), San Francisco International (SFO), San Diego International (SAN) and Mineta San Jose International (SJC). All our flights depart from London Heathrow (LHR).

North Pontos beach, California. © DOUGBERRY.

How do I get from the airport into the city?

From Los Angeles International Airport it’s best to hire a car if you intend to explore, you can get a taxi to Hollywood for around $50 (but don’t forget the $4 airport surcharge on taxis). A no-reservation-required bus, the LAX FlyAway runs from the airport to various destinations including Hollywood, Union Station in Downtown and Long Beach. A one-way ticket is just under $10.

San Francisco International is situated just 20-25 minutes from the downtown area by taxi or hire car, or it’s easy to hop on a train that takes just 30 minutes into town and costs $8.65 one way – the city is easily explored on foot and on public transport.

San Diego International is just three kilometres from the city’s downtown area, and you can easily get a taxi into the city which should be less than $20, a shuttle bus is around $15 depending on your final destination in the city or hire a car if you intend to explore the coast.

Mineta San Jose International is just five kilometres northwest of San Jose city centre and a cab will cost you in the region of $14-20 and should take around 15 minutes. There are cab ranks at both terminals. Or take the airport shuttle bus to the Metro Light Rail station – tickets costs just $1.75 and it stops at various locations including the San Jose Convention Centre and Diridon Station. Or if you’re planning to explore the Bay Area, hire a car.

Why not save time and book your airport transfers with us? Simply choose your preferred option when you book your holiday or flights.

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

Do I need a visa to travel to California?

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

San Francisco street scene. © Phoenix Wang.

Our cheapest flights to Los Angeles

From £349return

from London, March 2023

Our World Traveller (economy) cabin offers our lowest fares and is great for budget travellers. You’ll get a meal, drinks and full use of our in-flight entertainment system.

March

£349

return, from London

£349

January

£440

return, from London

£440

February

£440

return, from London

£440

Our cheapest flights to San Diego

From £396return

from London, March 2023

Our World Traveller (economy) cabin offers our lowest fares and is great for budget travellers. You’ll get a meal, drinks and full use of our in-flight entertainment system.

March

£396

return, from London

£396

January

£457

return, from London

£457

February

£457

return, from London

£457

Our cheapest flights to San Francisco

From £463return

from London, September 2023

Our World Traveller (economy) cabin offers our lowest fares and is great for budget travellers. You’ll get a meal, drinks and full use of our in-flight entertainment system.

October

£463

return, from London

£463

Our cheapest flights to San Jose

From £365return

from London, January 2023

Our World Traveller (economy) cabin offers our lowest fares and is great for budget travellers. You’ll get a meal, drinks and full use of our in-flight entertainment system.

January

£365

return, from London

£365

March

£395

return, from London

£395

February

£456

return, from London

£456

California Travel Essentials

Flight time

10 hrs 45 mins

Time zone

GMT -7

Currency

US Dollar

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