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Flights to San Francisco

Home of The Rock and Golden Gate Bridge, an iconic American city with a European twist

This Californian city really does have everything. A dramatic setting, quirky neighbourhoods, vibrant culture, world-class museums, thriving galleries, diverse restaurants and beautiful countryside. No wonder it’s one of America’s top destinations!

The iconic San Francisco cable cars are a fantastic way to experience the city. Or jump aboard a boat and see the skyline from a different angle on a tour around the bay. Alongside the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz is the city’s most famous landmark a must do if you're visiting for the first time. Now a fascinating museum, a trip to ‘The Rock’ is an absolute must see on any trip to San Francisco.

Beyond San Francisco you'll find the wonder that is Napa Valley. Experience wine tasting and fine dining at its best, set amongst a spectacular back drop of rolling vineyards and lush countryside.

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The Presidio

Boasting stunning views, this ancient military post has miles of hiking routes, bike trails and fantastic picnic spots, with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Pacific Ocean. Head to our blog for more viewing spots.

Union Square shopping

Head straight to this landmark square after your flight to San Francisco if you’re after some serious shopping. You’ll find well-known stores like Macy’s alongside exclusive boutiques.

Lunch with the lions

Head to Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll find Pier 39, a popular waterfront market, vendors selling delicious take-away crab and shrimp, and a surprise community of Californian sea lions. Get an idea of what to expect in these videos.

Stroll through North Beach

This pretty neighbourhood is in fact not a beach, but the city’s Italian quarter. Full of romantic pavement cafes, restaurants and shops, it’s the perfect place to while away an afternoon. When you're done, there's plenty more to see for free in San Fran.

From stars to stingrays

The California Academy of Sciences is the only place in the world where you’ll find an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-storey rainforest under one roof. A perfect family trip.

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our San Francisco International Airport guide.

Flight duration

The flight time to San Francisco from London Heathrow is approximately 11 hours.

Visa information

Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

Local currency

The currency in San Francisco is the US Dollar (USD).

Local transport

There are lots of ways to get around San Fran. Visit the SFMTA website for information on taxis, buses, light rail, cable cars and more.


The electricity supply is 120 volts in San Francisco. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.