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Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from Chicago to San Francisco

Favorite airline: United Airlines
19 % of flights from Chicago to San Francisco are booked with United Airlines.
United Airlines
19 %
American Airlines
11 %
Alaska Airlines
11 %
Direct flights are more expensive
Compared to flights with a stopover, direct flights are $ 9.00 more expensive on this route.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
04h 53min
07h 49min
22h 50min
$151
$142
$405
The favorite connection is non-stop
Flights from Chicago to San Francisco are most often booked as a direct flight.
Route
bookings
Direct flights
04h 53min, from $151
41 %
1 stopover Los Angeles International Airport, CA
11h 24min, from $174
14 %
1 stopover Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport, MN
06h 46min, from $154
10 %

Useful information about the flight from Chicago to San Francisco

Flights from Chicago to San Francisco

The flight route from Chicago (CHI) to San Francisco (SFO) is popular among all sorts of travelers- both business passengers and those simply seeking the refuge of Californian weather- with between 17 and 26 flights daily. It will take you just under 5 hours to travel the 1850 miles across the country. Airlines offering a direct flight are: American, Virgin America, Southwest and United.

Cheap flights

There are several airlines offering a low-cost air ticket option so that you can have more to spend on your trip. For the lowest price, book flight tickets as far in advance as possible, while trying to avoid weekends and popular vacation times. Comparing prices on a flight price comparison will also help you find the lowest price.

Destination San Francisco

Once you have landed, getting around town is easy and, given that it's San Francisco, often stylish. A rail service is operated by BART  in the form of express trains that go to the north, to downtown as well as East Bay. The railway station can be found near the International Terminal and can be reached by riding the AirTrain. Caltrain provides rail service between San Francisco and San Jose, with weekday commute-hour service to Gilroy. Buses, taxis and shuttles will also take passengers from the airport to various destinations in the region. 

Flight details Chicago - San Francisco
  • Flight duration: min. 04:33 / max. 11:40
  • Distance: 2990 km
  • Flights per week: 134
  • Return flight duration: min. 03:53 / max. 07:10