Explore Southwest Airlines® destination San Francisco (SFO).

If you’re going to San Francisco (SFO), get ready to be wowed by the City by the Bay.

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Visit San Francisco.

While there’s no gold rush pushing young entrepreneurs westward anymore, the lure of tech startup life and Summer of Love nostalgia still pull travelers to San Francisco. With a winning combination of city living and quick access to the beauties of nature, San Francisco brims with history, charm, and plenty of sights to see. When you deplane at San Francisco International Airport, just hop on the BART and get on your way to your accommodations to drop off those bags before immersing yourself in the city.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic symbol of San Francisco. An Art Deco wonder, this suspension bridge towers over the Golden Gate, the mile-wide strait that connects the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific. Its famous shade of orange was originally red—and lead-based. It’s now an orange known as “international orange,” and maintenance for keeping its color in tip-top shape occurs year-round. You’ll want to carve some time out of your visit to the City by the Bay to visit this engineering marvel. There’s plenty to explore inside of the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island. This was once home to some of the most notorious criminals in America while it was the site of Alcatraz State Penitentiary, including Chicago gangster Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. The island is perhaps best known for being the locale of one of the most infamous prison breaks on the books. Take a tour of the ol’ big house, if incarceration tourism is your jam.

The City by the Bay is calling. Answer it with a flight to San Francisco with Southwest® and start exploring this West Coast wonder. It’s always a good time to plan your next California getaway with Southwest Airlines. And when you book with Southwest, you can book with confidence, knowing that the process will be straightforward from flight selection to checkout. Of course, having a memorable trip is about more than finding a great deal on a flight. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight to San Francisco.

Other airports in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Want to fly into another airport Southwest serves? Consider booking a flight to Oakland International Airport or Mineta San Jose International Airport.

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Things to do in San Francisco.
Sightseeing opportunities
  • Alcatraz Island and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Golden Gate Bridge
Popular parks
  • Baker Beach
  • Golden Gate Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Enriching outings
  • Palace of the Legion of Honor
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Steinhart Aquarium

Other destinations in and beyond the West.

Plan your next trip to one of the many cities served by Southwest.

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Las Vegas

Jet off to America’s Playground! When you travel to Las Vegas, having a good time is a sure thing.

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See the world from a higher perspective. Let the Mile High City enamor you with its beautiful mix of urban and mountain style living.

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Orange County/Santa Ana

See what SoCal has to offer on your next trip. Hint: It includes spectacular beaches, hidden gems, options for family friendly fun, and a sprawling metropolis with something for everyone.

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Enjoy the humming city streets of the nation’s second largest metropolis, retreat to the region’s tranquil parks and pristine coastline, or have it both ways when you visit this land of plenty.

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Journey inland from the coastline and explore California’s burgeoning state capital.

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Check out our Route Tool for a full list of Southwest® destinations in every region.
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Details about San Francisco International Airport.

Airport code:SFO

City:San Francisco


Terminal 1

Gates B: 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18

Airport-provided WiFi


Cities with nonstop daily service to SFO*


Cities with daily service to SFO*

*Based on DOT published scheduled average flights Monday-Friday between 10/30/2020 and 12/31/2020, as of 11/2/2020.

Why fly Southwest?

Bags fly free®1

Your bags fly free, because nothing should be left behind. So pack up without paying up with our two free checked bags.

No change fees2

Think your plans may change? Don’t sweat it. We don’t charge you fees to change your mind2.

Gate to gate WiFi3

Surf the web from origin to destination with gate-to-gate WiFi on your flight. Bring your device, and for $8 the Internet will make time fly by on all our flights.

Fly in comfort

Southwest seats give you up to a 31-inch pitch, 17-inch width, and 2-inch recline, which all adds up to a more comfortable flight.

100% free entertainment.

Boredom doesn’t fly with us. So on your flight, watch a movie3 for free. Just one way we make getting to your destination as nice as being there. Well...almost.

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Your trip comes with low fares and no hidden fees thanks to Transfarency®.

Southwest is bringing our low fares and no hidden fees with us. We want to make your trip special, so we’re taking everything you love about Southwest and bringing it all to your travels. Get everything Transfarency has to offer on your next trip, only with Southwest.

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Join Rapid Rewards, our award-winning frequent flyer program4.

Southwest Rapid Rewards lets you use your points on any flight, any day, any time, which means you can turn your points into a reward flight. Sign up and see why we’ve been named the best rewards program four years in a row4. Points that actually reward you with getaways, that’s Southwest Rapid Rewards.

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100% reward availability5.

You can use your points to book any seat, on any flight, no exceptions. Any day, any time, any flight, your points are ready to take you to where you want to go.


No blackout dates.

If there’s a seat available on a Southwest flight, you can use your points. It’s that easy. So no matter when you want to get away, you can use your points to get you there. As long as we have a spot available on a flight, you can book it with your Southwest Rapid Rewards points.


Your points don’t expire.

No matter when you earn them, they’ll be there for you to redeem on your flight to anywhere you want to go.


Rapid Rewards. Rapid redemption.

You can earn points on flights and on everyday purchases with our partners, which makes getting to our destinations easy. And our reward flights are based on our low fares, so the lower the fare, the fewer points you have to use. It’s almost like we want you to have the trip of a lifetime.


1First and second checked bags. Weight and size limits apply.

2Fare difference may apply.

3Download the Southwest® app to view movies and on-demand content. Inflight messaging only allows access to iMessage and WhatsApp. Apps must be downloaded before the flight. Internet access for $8 a day per device on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Price is subject to change. May not be available for the full duration of flight. Prohibits access to high-bandwidth applications and websites, including Netflix, HBO GO® and VoIP, along with certain obscene/offensive content.

42016-2019 Freddie Awards.

5As reported in the CarTrawler Reward Seat Availability Survey, May 16, 2019, and Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Surveys 2010 – 2019, at IdeaWorksCompany.com.