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Flight Information to London from San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance5342 miles (8616 km)
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Flights from San Francisco, CA to London cover the 5342 miles (8616 km) long route with our travel partners like. There are direct flight services available.

Flights from San Francisco to London

Both San Francisco and London might have enjoyed their cultural heydays in the Swinging 60s, and Californian visitors can still shop on Carnaby Street, but the UK capital now combines heritage with ultra-modern attractions. Cutting edge art is on display at the Tate Modern and in the studios of Shoreditch, even if US visitors can't resist the chance of glimpsing the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Vacationers and business travelers can book a direct flight from San Francisco to London with a choice of airlines, including a low cost carrier. Flight times east over the Atlantic average around ten hours and 20 minutes, with services to two London airports. All the journeys involve overnight travel to London, with a choice of afternoon or evening take off times from California. Additional indirect flights are available with a choice of routes and airlines. Flights with a layover en route take a little longer but increase the daily flight schedules from San Francisco to London.

Which airlines travel from San Francisco to London?

US and eurosopean airlines offer daily direct flights from San Francisco to London, operating in codeshare arrangements. United Airlines, in partnership with German national carrier Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, provides daily direct flights to London Heathrow Airport. Partners American Airlines, Finnair and British Airways fly direct on the same route. Delta Airlines operates a code share daily service with Air France and Virgin Atlantic from the Californian city to London Heathrow. Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle provides direct flights from San Francisco to London Gatwick Airport three nights a week. Indirect connections with one change en route include United Airlines and Lufthansa flights to London Heathrow via Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Denver, and Air Canada flights to Heathrow via Calgary or Toronto.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to London?

The quickest direct flight from San Francisco to London is the Heathrow service provided by Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic and the Gatwick flight with budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, each taking ten hours and 15 minutes to reach the UK capital. Other direct flights  take ten to 20 minutes longer to complete the 5368 mile (8638 kilometer) trip east across the Atlantic to London. The quickest indirect flight from San Francisco to London is a Lufthansa and United Airlines service via Chicago, taking 1three hours and three minutes total journey time to London. The quickest Air Canada routes via  Calgary take two minutes longer.

How many flights are there from San Francisco to London

The schedule for flights from San Francisco to London offers seven direct departures on Tuesdays, six flights on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, five on Thursdays and four direct services on Fridays and Saturdays. The majority of flights land at London Heathrow, although Norwegian Air Shuttle budget services, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, arrive at Gatwick. Departure times range from mid-afternoon to mid-evening with all flights involving overnight travel over the Atlantic. There are also more than 20 daily indirect connections from San Francisco to London,  involving one change en route, with takeoff times including morning, afternoon and evening options.    

What are the departure and arrival airports from San Francisco to London?

Departure Airport: San Francisco International Airport is located 13 miles (22 kilometers) south of downtown San Francisco, with public transit connections available on BART light rail services and SamTrans buses taking 15-30 minutes for the trip to the terminal. In addition to long and short stay parking lots, facilities at the passenger terminal include luggage storage desks,  currency exchange bureaux, ATMs, executive  lounges, a medical clinic and free WiFi. The food court features an organic cafe, taco house, a pizzeria, bakery, pub and coffee shops. Duty free shopping outlets include Californian wine specialty stores, cosmetics stands, jewelers, electronics stores and designer fashion boutiques.

Arrival Airport: London Heathrow Airport is one of eurosope's busiest flight hubs, located about 14 miles (23 kilometers) west of central London, with fast transfers available downtown on Heathrow Express trains taking 15 minutes, or more leisurely Underground train journeys taking 40 minutes to reach the city center. Gatwick Airport is about 30  miles (42 kilometers) south of central London, connected by Gatwick Express trains taking around 30 minutes to reach the central Victoria Station. Both airports have car rental agencies, currency exchange bureaux, ATMs, business facilities and free WiFi. Dining options include fast food stands, international restaurants, pizzerias, bakeries, pubs and coffee shops. Duty free shopping malls provide wine and liquor stores, London souvenir outlets, bookstores, newsstands and luxury jewelers.

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Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for flights from San Francisco, CA to London?

Travel between San Francisco, CA, USA and London, United Kingdom by plane is: Partially open.

Can I enter United Kingdom from USA?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United States

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from San Francisco, CA?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in London, United Kingdom?

All travelers in United Kingdom must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 10/25/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your flight between San Francisco, CA and London as this information can change.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to USA from London, United Kingdom?

The current restriction level for your return trip by plane from London to San Francisco, CA is: Restricted

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to USA from United Kingdom?

Reentry to USA is allowed for: Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in USA from London?

What are the requirements?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior to boarding for air passengers 2 years of age or older
  • Unvaccinated travellers are recommended to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days; take a COVID-19 test 3 days after arriving. If test is positive arrivals need to self-isolate until fully recovered
  • Vaccinated travellers are recommended to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel; self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop

What are the safety rules to follow in San Francisco, CA, USA?

The government of USA has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask: Recommended

Last checked on 10/19/21. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your flight to San Francisco, CA from London here.

How far is it from San Francisco, CA to London by plane?
The flight distance from San Francisco, CA to London is around 5342 miles (8616 km).

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