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Flights to San Francisco in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 5% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average priceR13 876Average for round-trip flights in May 2021
Round-trip fromR11 657From Johannesburg to San Francisco
One-way fromR140One-way flight from Johannesburg to San Francisco

Cheapest prices for San Francisco flights by month

The cheapest ticket to San Francisco found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
R13 928
February
R13 021
March
R14 750
April
R14 309
May
R13 549
June
R15 111
July
R15 569
August
R15 365
September
R14 545
October
R13 355
November
R13 608
December
R15 620
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to San Francisco is currently February; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to San Francisco?

Average San Francisco flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
JNB - SFO
Price
R13 021 - R17 637
SFO
Temperature
15 - 25 °C
SFO
Rainfall
0 - 120 mm
Flying to San Francisco in February is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to San Francisco then September is statistically the hottest. December is historically the period with most rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to San Francisco?

The price you pay for your flight to San Francisco may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 20 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to San Francisco?

The cheapest day to fly to San Francisco is usually Monday. At the moment, Friday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to San Francisco?

Flights at midday are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to San Francisco. Flights in the afternoon are usually the most expensive.

San Francisco sits on a peninsula, surrounded by San Francisco Bay on the east side and the Pacific Ocean on the west, a compact city composed of several distinct neighbourhoods. Millions of travellers take cheap flights to San Francisco each year to see its iconic landmarks – the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz – ride a cable car along California Street or saunter through the colourful Chinatowns (there are two).

North Beach is one of San Francisco’s best-loved neighbourhoods. Famous for its cafe culture, it has everything that has made the city famous – cable cars, corkscrew-like streets and bohemian bars.

Pacific Heights boasts those elegant mansions and Nob Hill and Russian Hill are ritzy. The Castro is renowned worldwide as a gay hotspot. Chinatown is a riot of colours, sights, sounds and mouthwatering food.

Haight-Ashbury may no longer be the hippie culture capital, but it has kept its laidback vibe even if its stores are more high-end than tie-dyed.

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San Francisco climate

San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, but, as it’s surrounded by water on three sides, it’s cooler than you’d expect a Californian city to be. Average summer temps are 21 degrees Celsius and the winter temps hover about the 15-degree mark. March-May is spring; June through August summer; September to November autumn (San Francisco gets a wonderful late burst of sun) and December to February is winter when most rain falls.

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When is the best time to fly to San Francisco?

Peak Season: 

Most travellers jet in on their cheap flights to San Francisco during the summer months. Summer days can be chilly and foggy however. Thank the city’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean for the fog. 

Off Season: 

December to February is the “rainy season” when you can expect light rain showers, torrential downpours and everything in between. 

Shoulder Season: 

April, September-November. are shoulder season months.

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Getting around San Francisco

San Francisco has its share of hills, but the best way to see it is to walk it.

Driving around San Francisco can be a frustrating business and parking spaces seem to be in extremely high demand too. Public transport is fantastic. San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) extends across most of the tourist areas. BART is the regional metro and Caltrain offers fast commuter rail service.

The historic street cars and cable cars are a tourist must-do. Cable cars go to the most popular tourist destinations. The city bus system (Muni) is comprehensive but avoid rush-hours when the buses are packed.

If you’re bound for Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building or Union Square, take the “F” Line Trolley. It runs on Market Street and The Embarcadero from the Castro district to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Renting a bike is a wonderful way to see San Francisco. Bike rentals start about $20 per day.

 

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What airport do you fly into for flights to San Francisco?

Most people fly into San Francisco (SFO) if they book a flight to San Francisco. San Francisco is conveniently located just 19,0 km from San Francisco’s city centre.

Cheap flights to San Francisco in May, June 2021

The best prices found for SFO flights for May, June
14 May - 23 Jun
R12 289pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
14 May - 23 Jun
R12 977pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
15 May - 20 May
R13 342pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

San Francisco 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to San Francisco found for this year
1 Jul - 28 Jul
R11 657pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
British Airways
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
British Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
1 Jul - 28 Jul
R11 699pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
British Airways
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
British Airways
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
3 Dec - 1 Jan
R11 713pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
British Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
British Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

Last minute flights to San Francisco

Late deals on return flights to San Francisco, departing today and this week
14 May - 23 Jun
R12 289pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
14 May - 23 Jun
R12 977pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
15 May - 20 May
R13 342pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

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