Cheap flights from San Francisco to Chicago

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Travelers usually depart from San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA-Salesforce Plaza, or San Francisco Train Station when they travel from San Francisco to Chicago. Book your trip to arrive at O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago Rockford International, Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station, or Chicago Union Station. The distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and American Airlines. San Francisco and Chicago have 214 direct flights per week.

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Number of flights53352636-5410

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Alaska Airlines on and Fridays.

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

Check-in for a flight from San Francisco to Chicago

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingAirport check-in closesOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesUnknownNo
Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoUnknownNo
Southwest AirlinesSWAWNNoUnknownNo
Spirit AirlinesNKSNKNo10 min before flightNo
American AirlinesAALAAYesUnknownNo

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from San Francisco to Chicago?

A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between San Francisco and Chicago takes around 4.1 hours.

What is the flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago?

The flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km.

What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between San Francisco and Chicago?

Several carriers operate flights between San Francisco and Chicago. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines.

What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?

Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles International, McCarran International, Newark Liberty International, Denver International, Logan International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Seattle–Tacoma International, Juan Santamaría International, O Hare International, San Diego International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International.

What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?

Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and Los Angeles International, McCarran International, Miami International, Orlando Sanford International, Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International, Denver International, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, George Bush Intercontinental, Logan International, Tampa International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

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, Merced Regional, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Buchanan Field.

What airports are near Chicago?

The main airport in Chicago is O Hare International. It is also served by General Mitchell International, Gerald R. Ford International, Dane County Regional, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, Quad City International, South Bend International, Fort Wayne International, Central Illinois Regional, Muskegon County, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International.

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A number of bus and train companies depart from San Francisco, including Greyhound.

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