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Travelers usually depart from Baltimore–Washington International, Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington, DC - Union Station, or Washington, DC - Rosslyn when they travel from Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. and San Francisco is 3950 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. Washington, D.C. and San Francisco have 401 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur, and Alcatraz.

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Check-in for a flight from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight
Delta Air LinesDALDLYesOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight
American AirlinesAALAAYesNo
Alaska AirlinesASAASYesOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight

San Francisco travel tips

1) Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, the landmark of San Francisco

Golden Gate is Northern California's main transportation artery. The length of the bridge is 2737 m, the width is 27 m. You can walk or ride a bicycle across the bridge. On the other side of the bay, you will find a natural park, fortifications (or rather, what is left of them), and beaches. The monumental red spans have been immortalized in such movies as the Vampire, Terminator 4, Superman, and others.

2) Rent an e-bike or scooter in San Francisco

One of the best ways to get around the city is with Jump and Lyft e-bikes (Bay Wheels). Drive into areas with slides with caution – the electric charge may suddenly end. There is also an alternative – Scoot scooters and electric scooters.

3) Don't count on an all-night-long party in San Francisco bars

Bars in San Francisco are open until 02:00 (or even until 01:00) because, after this time, they stop selling alcohol. Also, at the entrance, you will be asked for your passport. So, start pub crawling early. It is also worth knowing that most cocktails in San Francisco establishments are strong enough.

United States COVID-19 travel restrictions

Latest COVID-19 travel restrictions in United States – 12/2022
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Most travelers from Baltimore, BWI can enter San Francisco, SFO.

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  • Travel is allowed
  • Proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result is not required
  • Quarantine is not required

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 Washington, D.C. to San Francisco?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco takes around 6.1 hours.
What is the flight distance between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco?
The flight distance between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco is 3950 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco?
Several carriers operate flights between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Washington, D.C.?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Washington, D.C. and London, Orlando, San Salvador, Toronto, Manchester, Boston, San Juan, New York, Austin, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, New Orleans, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Seattle, Vilnius, Phoenix, Houston.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and London, Dublin, Manchester, Manila, Athens, Tallinn, New Delhi, Las Vegas, Edinburgh, Denpasar, Bengaluru, Riga, Chennai, Atlanta, Bangkok, Hyderabad, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Phuket City.
Which airports are there in Washington, D.C.?
Washington, D.C. is mainly served by Baltimore–Washington International. But there are other airports nearby, including Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National.
What airports are near Washington, D.C.?
The main airport in Washington, D.C. is Baltimore–Washington International. It is also served by Philadelphia International, Norfolk International, Richmond International, Trenton–Mercer, Harrisburg International, Lehigh Valley International, Atlantic City International, Hagerstown Regional, Shenandoah Valley Regional, Altoona–Blair County.
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 Washington, D.C.?
A number of bus and train companies depart from Washington, D.C., including Peter Pan Bus, Amtrak train, Greyhound.
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