San Francisco Neighbourhoods
Whether you want to delve into the city’s history, shop till you drop, museum hop or take in a ball game, you’ll find it all in this local’s guide to four of San Francisco’s neighbourhoods.
Straight to the world’s crookedest street
Flight time from London
10 hrs 55 mins
Cheapest return flight
Distance from London
San Francisco is the city at the beginning and the end of many journeys. Crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge or flying in over the bay can be a homecoming, or the beginning of your next big adventure.
When you fly to San Francisco with British Airways, you can be assured that you’ll get great service every step of the way. Soar down through the Bay Area’s atmospheric swathes of fog and sunshine to land in one of America’s most welcoming cities – a multicultural, permissive and often glamorous high-tech wonderland. We fly twice a day from London to San Francisco every single day of the year. When are you going to enjoy your holiday to San Francisco? We’ll take you there.
Whatever you want to get out of your trip to San Francisco, this guide will help to point you in the right direction.
From shopping until you drop in Union Square to learning about maritime history in Fisherman's Wharf, get tips on the best things to do in four of the city's neighbourhoods.
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.
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).
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.
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 $21 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.
Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. On board you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering and a warm, uniquely British welcome.
Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.
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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.
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In our Club World (business class) cabin, you can convert your seat into a fully-flat bed with luxurious White Company bedding, get access to private lounges, dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding.
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