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Travelers usually depart from Zürich Airport, Zürich Hauptbahnhof, or Zurich Bus Station when they travel from Zürich to San Francisco. Book your trip to arrive at San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA Bus Stop, San Francisco, CA Train Station, San Francisco, CA - Salesforce Plaza, or San Francisco, CA - Fisherman’s Wharf. The distance between Zürich and San Francisco is 9386 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Norse Atlantic Airways, and Alaska Airlines. Zürich and San Francisco have 323 direct flights per week. When you arrive at San Francisco, consider visiting Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, and Big Sur.

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Check-in for a flight from Zürich to San Francisco

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
LufthansaDLHLHYes0
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Swiss International Air LinesSWRLXYes0
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Norse Atlantic AirwaysNBTN0YesNo
Alaska AirlinesASAASYesOpens 24 days before flight
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United States COVID-19 travel restrictions

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  • Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

  • No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results or recovery certificate

  • No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

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Most travelers from Switzerland with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination can enter San Francisco, SFO, but there are restrictions.

Departure

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

  • No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results or recovery certificate

  • No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Visa requirements
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Forms and documents
  • Mandatory proof of vaccination for the United States

  • Mandatory travel attestation form

Return

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed

  • No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

  • No quarantine 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

What is the flight distance between Zürich and San Francisco?
The flight distance between Zürich and San Francisco is 9386 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Zürich and San Francisco?
Several carriers operate flights between Zürich and San Francisco. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Swiss International Air Lines, United Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from Zürich?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Zürich and New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Prague, Rome, Venice, Dublin, Denver, Lisbon, Oakland, Washington, D.C., Vienna, Madrid.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and Las Vegas, Denver, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, London, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Rome, Orlando, Mexico City, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Lisbon.
What airports are near Zürich?
The main airport in Zürich is Zürich Airport. It is also served by Milan–Malpensa, Zürich Airport, Milan Bergamo International Airport, Geneva, Linate, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, Stuttgart, Memmingen, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Strasbourg.
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, Monterey Regional, Stockton Metropolitan, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Merced Regional, Buchanan Field.
What buses and trains depart from Zürich?
A number of bus and train companies depart from Zürich, including SBB.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Zürich and San Francisco?
Yes, it's possible to combine different modes of transport between Zürich and San Francisco thanks to our Virtual Interlining technology. Making use of not only flights but also trains and buses between Zürich and San Francisco can give rise to new adventures. Read more about how Virtual Interlining works on Kiwi.com Stories.
What is Virtual Interlining and how do I use it?
Virtual Interlining provides a revolutionary way of traveling. You can combine different modes of transport like flights, trains, and buses into one itinerary. And this often saves money. Thanks to the world's largest carrier database, the Kiwi.com search function enables anyone to mix and match different modes of transport easily.
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