San Francisco to San Diego

Getting to San Diego International Airport from San Francisco International is very straight forward. There are 22 airliners who all offer direct flights several times a week. The flight time is approximately 1 hour 39 minutes.

Depending on the day of the week and the time of day you book, flight prices can vary dramatically. The cheapest flights available will generally be mid week or late in the evening, so if you are on a budget then these are the flight times you should consider. Alternatively, you could book well in advance and you flight could be up to 50% cheaper, especially with budget airliners. We recommend our viewers to pay and reserve the seats in advance. This ensures you get the best seats on the plane at the cheapest prices.

Please see below the airlines that fly from San Francisco International (SFO) to San Diego International Airport (SAN) and the amount of daily flights in operation.

AirlinerMoTuWeThFrSaSuFirst FlightLast Flight
Southwest Airlines887885807:2023:20
United Airlines986777708:5022:51
Air Canada986776708:5022:51
Alaska Airlines656666607:5423:22
Singapore Airlines345454507:5423:22
Air New Zealand333333318:1522:51
Cathay Pacific322222213:3520:35
American Airlines222222208:3523:22
All Nippon Airways222222214:4618:23
Fiji Airways202121216:3523:15
Copa Airlines221111118:1520:31
Japan Airlines111111110:0910:10
Asiana Airlines111111118:1518:23
Air China111111114:4614:47
SkyWest Airlines101111113:3513:35
El Al200220010:0920:35
Horizon Air110000019:2723:22

Southwest Airlines offer the highest number of flights for this route with departures times between 07:20 and 23:20.

You can find the latest flight availability and prices from Southwest Airlines at You can also book direct and get their latest discounts.

Flight times for Southwest Airlines are summarised in the table below. These time were correct at the time of writing, but please be aware that times may vary from time to time so please check their website for exact times and the dates you wish to fly.

DayFlying Time
Monday07:40, 10:40, 12:15, 13:30, 15:20, 17:05, 19:55 and 21:45
Tuesday07:40, 10:40, 12:15, 13:30, 15:20, 17:05, 19:55 and 21:45
Wednesday10:35, 12:05, 15:10, 16:40, 19:40, 21:05 and 23:00
Thursday10:40, 12:35, 14:10, 15:15, 17:10, 18:35, 19:45 and 21:40
Friday10:40, 12:35, 14:10, 15:15, 17:10, 18:35, 19:45 and 21:40
Saturday09:00, 11:25, 13:40, 15:55 and 18:10
Sunday07:20, 10:30, 12:05, 15:10, 16:40, 19:40, 21:10 and 23:20

Flights to San Diego International Airport are also available from airports close to San Francisco International. Below we have provided a short list of routes which you could consider is you feel that are suitable.

RouteStopsDistanceFlying Time
San Francisco to Burbank0525 km (326 miles)1 hour 26 minutes
San Francisco to Los Angeles0543 km (338 miles)1 hour 27 minutes
San Francisco to Long Beach0569 km (354 miles)1 hour 29 minutes
San Francisco to Ontario0585 km (363 miles)1 hour 30 minutes
San Francisco to Santa Ana John Wayne0599 km (372 miles)1 hour 31 minutes
San Francisco to Palm Springs Municipal0677 km (421 miles)1 hour 36 minutes

If you are planning to hire a car from San Diego International Airport airport then don’t wait until you arrive. The prices are typically 20% to 30% higher and the availability of vehicles are much lower. You can check out the solutions we have for car hire on our car hire pages which can save you £££’s.