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There are a million things on your list of things to do for your trip to The City by the Bay, but you’ve been dreading scouring hundreds of flights to find the one that best suits your needs. With Hotwire, you don’t have to stress over booking a flight. Just plug in your search criteria and let Hotwire find the best deals. Now you can spend less time booking and more time planning the things that will make your trip to San Francisco unforgettable.

Fun-filled days in The Golden State

Top Things to do in San Francisco: If you’re in town on business or for a family visit and have some extra time to spare, check out a few of San Francisco’s top attractions. If you consider yourself a bit of a history buff, hop on the ferry to Alcatraz Island for a self-guided tour of the abandoned federal prison. Alcatraz Island is also home to the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast.

For a different type of adventure, immerse yourself in a unique part of San Francisco’s culture with a hotel stay in Chinatown. Along its colorful streets, you'll discover architectural marvels, Chinese restaurants, handmade goods, and novelty shopping. If you simply want to enjoy Northern California scenery, head over to Baker Beach to capture breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Although you won’t be able to swim at the beach, it’s the perfect spot for sunbathing, hiking, and fishing.

Explore S’more: Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is a 61-acre outdoor adventure reserve that features more than 5 miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s the perfect lush forest escape for wildlife photography and solo adventuring. Is getting out on the water more your thing? At Dogpatch Paddle you can rent paddleboards and kayaks to explore on your own or take private or group lessons. Or maybe you’d like to get further out to see and embark on a whale watching and sea animal excursion on a dolphin and whale watching adventure with San Francisco Whale Tours, during which you can also catch glimpses of seals, harbor porpoises, and more.

Unusual Foodie Stops: Unique dining experiences abound in San Francisco. Crown & Crumpet is a quaint tea and bakery shop with décor reminiscent of an English eatery. If you want to catch dinner and a movie, try Foreign Cinema, a unique street-side restaurant where you can see arthouse films and delight in a refined menu that features foods for brunch and dinner—and with desserts like pumpkin chevre cheesecake with pomegranate and huckleberry sauce, you’ll never want to leave. Tonga Room & Hurricane Club serves tiki food and drinks in a tropical setting fit for a Hollywood set. Dine around the central lagoon and enjoy tropical thunderstorms and live music as bands play on a floating boat.

If it’s brunch you want, you’re in luck. Brenda’s French Soul Food serves everything from beignets and po’boys to French toast and blackened voodoo barbeque sauce oysters. If you can already taste the chipotle rémoulade hushpuppies melting in your mouth, Brenda’s French Soul Food needs to be your first meal after landing at SFO.

San-Can’t-Resist-O: San Francisco features hundreds of hidden attractions. The Secret Tiled Staircase consists of 163 steps of colorful mosaic tile art that rewards stunning views of the Sunset district in San Francisco. The artsy attraction is featured beside a garden that serves as a natural habitat preservation effort for the Green Hairstreak Butterfly. Pier 39 is another San Francisco Bay attraction you won’t want to miss. The pier features fresh seafood restaurants, boating docks, an Alcatraz gift shop, artisan and souvenir shops, and front row seats to the Pier 39 sea lions.

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Flights

How to get cheap flights to San Francisco?

Hotwire believes your flight to SFO should be as comfortable as your hotel stay. That’s why booking a flight to San Francisco, California with Hotwire gets you the best of comfort and affordability. And if you book a Hotwire Hot Rate, you’re sure to score a deal on a last-minute flight to San Francisco that can save you up to 60%. With savings like that, you’ll have more money to spend on your Golden City adventures.

What is the name of San Francisco’s airport?

The Bay Area has three international airports, each in different cities. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is San Francisco’s premier international airport.  Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a second airport near San Francisco, just 12 miles away. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is in San Jose, just an hour away. When booking your flight, be sure to pay close attention to the airport's name to ensure that you arrive at SFO, not OAK or SJC.

What airport is best to fly into San Francisco?

You may be wondering whether it is best to catch a flight to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport.  If you want to land in the heart of San Francisco without having to worry about traffic on the bridge slowing you down, SFO is the airport for you. If you’re spending more time east of The City, OAK could be the better option.

What is the cheapest month to fly to San Francisco?

As with many United States destinations, the high season is December through January. August is the cheapest month to buy plane tickets to San Francisco.

Can I fly to SFO right now?

With all the recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people are wondering, “Is it safe to travel to San Francisco right now?” Be sure to stay updated on travel and destination restrictions while you travel. When booking your next trip, refer to the guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic to stay safe.

San Francisco Flight Information
Destination AirportSan Francisco Intl.
Destination Airport IATA CodeSFO
Airlines ServingAlaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, United
Number Of Airlines Serving4
Flight Price$158
Popular AirlineDelta

Last Minute Hotel Deals in San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
The price is $93 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$93
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,267 reviews)
"Beautiful clean room with a great view right downtown. Friendly helpful staff and lots of great dining options a quick walk away."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $139 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$139
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,148 reviews)
"Did care for the change of rooms! The shower was tiny."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Handlery Union Square Hotel
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $124 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$124
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,154 reviews)
"This was place was at a very convenient location. Close to almost every touristy spot. So much stuff to do at just a walking distance. The staff was very friendly throughout our stay. The room was spacious and clean; however, I did come across an ant inside the bathroom. I would definitely consider ..."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $170 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$170
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,044 reviews)
"History, beautifully decorated"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
4 out of 5
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, 94111
The price is $199 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$199
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,643 reviews)
"Hotel staff were attentive and friendly."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $133 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$133
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,026 reviews)
Caza Stay
"Beautiful hotel, close to Wharf, tourist attractions. Welcoming staff. Couldn't have been nicer."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
50 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
The price is $119 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$119
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.9/5 Good! (438 reviews)
"The were nice and helpful. No food options on Sunday which I think is odd. The surrounding area is super shady."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is $128 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$128
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,642 reviews)
"Room was spacious. Fitness center was good and had view of sunrise. Staff was helpful. Even sold me a cup of coffee at 5 20 am when they didn;t open until 6am. Nice selection of food and snacks to buy."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Hotels With Free Airport Shuttle

Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North
Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North
2 out of 5
326 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA, 94080
The price is $50 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$50
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this business-friendly motel in South San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and ...
3.1/5 (1,989 reviews)
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"the service was okay. Not enough towels and the tissues ran out"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North
Super 8 by Wyndham San Bruno/ San Francisco (SFO) Airport
Super 8 by Wyndham San Bruno/ San Francisco (SFO) Airport
2.5 out of 5
421 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA, 94066
The price is $99 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$99
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in San Bruno. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Convinently close to mall ,eating and shopping."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham San Bruno/ San Francisco (SFO) Airport
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ San Francisco Airport
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ San Francisco Airport
3 out of 5
777 Airport Blvd, Burlingame, CA, 94010
The price is $89 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$89
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Burlingame. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
3.3/5 (998 reviews)
"Didn’t like Parking Charge. They took it of which was nice. Very friendly late night reception gentleman, excellent customer service. Room needs updating, paint & fix cabinet damage"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ San Francisco Airport
The Dylan at SFO
The Dylan at SFO
3 out of 5
110 S El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA, 94030
The price is $114 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$114
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Millbrae. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free train station pick-up. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"The Dylan was a great little boutique hotel near the SF airport. Friendly staff, great stay - recommend :)"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The Dylan at SFO
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
4 out of 5
1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA, 94010
The price is $121 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 27
$121
per night
Dec 26 - Dec 27
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4.2/5 Very Good! (1,103 reviews)
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"Beautiful hotel and was very happy to get food when arriving on a late flight. Very convenient…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
The Millwood - A Boutique Hotel
The Millwood - A Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
1375 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA, 94030
The price is $118 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$118
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Millbrae. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"I just had a really nice 4-day stay at The Millwood, the staff and owners obviously take great care in making this place a little extra special. This might sound dumb but if you've ever stayed at a Ritz Carlton, this place has a similar feel with the parking area all tile and the intricate plants, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

The Millwood - A Boutique Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.