Flights from Chicago (MDW) to San Francisco (SFO)

Ready to escape the Windy City? Fly out to San Francisco (SFO)! Southwest Airlines® has great fares on flights from Chicago Midway International Airport to San Francisco International Airport that will get you excited for your next trip. Book your flight to San Francisco (SFO) with Southwest® and rest assured your travel experience will be fun. If your upcoming excursion has flexible dates, search for flights with our Low Fare Calendar and discover the lowest fares we've got. Don't forget to explore Southwest Vacations® to find package deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and more.

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Flight details

Average flight time: 4 hours 48 minutes

Departing from: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Arriving at: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)


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

Explore San Francisco

Explore one of the United States' most beautiful cities—San Francisco! From the San Francisco Bay Area's beautiful wine country to its sandy beaches, there is plenty to do on foot and in the water to make your trip one to remember. For fun outdoor activities to enjoy with your friends or the whole family, make sure to check out Fisherman's Wharf, the premiere San Francisco location for great seafood and beautiful views of the ocean. Go to the beach, have some delicious clam chowder, and shop some of San Francisco's best souvenir shops. You'll enjoy the great energy and the natural beauty of this bustling attraction.

If you enjoy learning about U.S. history, San Francisco is a perfect city for you to visit. Rich with historical sites like the infamous Alcatraz Island, you'll get to enjoy taking a ferry ride to one of the West Coast's first lighthouses and forts. Of course, you might be more familiar with Alcatraz for the famous criminals it housed, such as Al Capone. Learn about the federal penitentiary's history and explore the island's wildlife. There is plenty of lush greenery to observe both on and off the island when you visit.

Nostalgic fans from all over the world come to visit the home from a popular San Francisco-set sitcom for a walk down memory lane. While on a stroll around the San Francisco neighborhoods, you'll also have the opportunity to see other beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses—known locally as the Painted Ladies. On your explorations of the city, you'll also want to check out places like Chinatown for delicious food, ornate temples, and beautiful landmarks.

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Infancy policy

One child over 14 days and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age or older). Learn more.


Pet policy

Customers flying with a pet are subject to a pet fare. To learn more about traveling with your furry friend, explore the Southwest® pet policy.


Unaccompanied minor

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Learn more.


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Start packing! Every ticketed Customer’s first two checked bags are free. Learn more.


The Southwest travel experience

At Southwest, we know that a fantastic trip from Chicago to San Francisco takes more than cheap flights! That's why we offer services and perks, from booking to boarding, that make your travel experience as simple as possible. Find out more about the Southwest® Experience before you book your Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) flight.

It's easy to fly with Southwest, no matter which of our destinations you choose. And when you search for your next flight to San Francisco (SFO), you'll find low fares with no hidden fees. That's our Transfarency® promise. Enroll in our Click 'N Save® emails and stay in the know about our latest flight deals. If you're looking for tours, activities, and more hidden gems, check out Southwest Airlines® Experiences and earn Rapid Rewards® points when you fly.

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

2Fare difference may apply.

Questions we hear the most

How long is the flight from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)?

The average flight time from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) is 4 hours 48 minutes.

How many Southwest flights from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) occur daily?

There are 12 flights daily from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) on Southwest Airlines.

Does Southwest fly nonstop from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)?

Southwest flies nonstop from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) once daily.

What day is it cheapest to fly from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)?

To find the cheapest day and time to fly Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) with Southwest, check out our Low Fare Calendar.

Can I rent a car at San Francisco International Airport?

You can rent a car at San Francisco International Airport—book yours with your flight.

Can I change my flight reservation for my flight from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)?

Yes! Flights from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)—or from here or there to anywhere—can be changed with no change fees. Fare difference may apply.

Where can I find the status of my flight from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO)?

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Where can I find answers to other questions about flying from Chicago (Midway) to San Francisco (SFO) with Southwest?

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