Cheap flights from London to San Francisco, CA

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Cheapest one-way trip

£292

Cheapest nonstop round-trip

£510

Cheapest round-trip

£408

Average round-trip

£704

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£420
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Multiple carriers

£408

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Travelers usually depart from Heathrow, Gatwick, London Stansted, Luton, or London City when they travel from London to San Francisco. Book your trip to arrive at San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA - Salesforce Plaza, San Francisco, CA Bus Stop, San Francisco, CA Train Station, or San Francisco, CA - Fisherman’s Wharf. The distance between London and San Francisco is 8625 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, and Aer Lingus. London and San Francisco have 348 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, and Alcatraz.

Weekly direct flights

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American Airlines on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Finnair on Thursdays.

British Airways on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Delta Air Lines on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Iberia Airlines on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Lufthansa on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Austrian Airlines on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Brussels Airlines on Thursdays.

United Airlines on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Virgin Atlantic Airways on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Check-in for a flight from London to San Francisco

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
LufthansaDLHLHYes0
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Air CanadaACAACYesNo
Delta Air LinesDALDLYesOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight
Aer LingusEINEINoOpens 48 days before flight
Closes 5 hours before flight

San Francisco travel tips

1) Start your San Francisco exploration from Union Square

In the area with the same name, there is one of the central squares of San Francisco – Union Square. This square serves as a meeting point for local residents and becomes the beginning of an acquaintance with the city for tourists. From all sides, the square is surrounded by shopping centres, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and galleries. The square welcomes its guests around the clock, without stopping for a minute.

2) There are two airports near San Francisco, so look carefully at the name on the ticket

The closest airports to the city are San Francisco International Airport (SFО) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). From both airports, the city centre can be quickly reached by the BART train, an intercity transport line in the Bay Area.

3) Combine dinner and movie watching in an atmospheric venue in San Francisco

You can combine dinner and watching a movie in the vintage cinema Alamo Draft House with a bar and kitchen. It often hosts weeks of festival films or evenings of little-known insane art-house movies from the past.

United States COVID-19 travel restrictions

Latest COVID-19 travel restrictions in United States – 12/2022
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Most travelers from London, LHR can enter San Francisco, SFO, but there are restrictions.

Departure

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers
  • Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results or recovery certificate is not required for United States
  • Quarantine is not required for vaccinated travelers
Visa requirements
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA)
Forms and documents
  • Mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination for United States
  • Mandatory travel attestation form

Return

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed
  • Proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result is not required
  • Quarantine is not required
Visa requirements
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions in United States in our dedicated Stories article.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from London to San Francisco?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between London and San Francisco takes around 11 hours.
What is the flight distance between London and San Francisco?
The flight distance between London and San Francisco is 8625 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between London and San Francisco?
Several carriers operate flights between London and San Francisco. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Virgin Atlantic Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, United Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Brussels Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from London?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as London and Lisbon, Istanbul, Athens, Tirana, Faro, Bucharest, Málaga, Larnaca, New York, Dubai, Tenerife, Alicante, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Dublin, Amsterdam, Palma, Majorca, Tel Aviv, Madrid.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and Dublin, Manchester, Manila, Athens, Tallinn, New Delhi, Las Vegas, Edinburgh, Denpasar, Bengaluru, Riga, Chennai, Atlanta, Bangkok, Washington, D.C., Hyderabad, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Phuket City.
Which airports are there in London?
London is mainly served by Heathrow. But there are other airports nearby, including Gatwick, London Stansted, Luton, London City, London Southend, RAF Northolt.
What airports are near London?
The main airport in London is Heathrow. It is also served by Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Southampton, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Exeter, Norwich, Humberside, Coventry.
What airports are near San Francisco?
The main airport in San Francisco is San Francisco International. It is also served by San Francisco International, Sacramento International, Oakland International, San Jose International, Stockton Metropolitan, Monterey Regional, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Merced Regional, Buchanan Field.
What buses and trains depart from London?
A number of bus and train companies depart from London, including National Express.
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