There are many airlines offering indirect flights from San Francisco to Sydney but if you are after a direct flight the choices are quite limited. However, direct flights are cheaper than indirect flights so it pays to have some patience and search for the best airfare.

Airport choices

When flying into Sydney you’ll land on Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport (SYD). The airport is located in a suburb of the city, just 8 km from the city center. It is hub for Qantas and an important gateway into Australia. There are several choices to get from the airport to the city center: train, taxi, bus or rental car.

When you need to fly out of San Francisco, there are several airports to choose from. The busiest and largest of them is San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located about 13 miles from the city center. It is a major hub for both United Airlines and Virgin America. The airport receives a lot of international flights. San Francisco is also served by Oakland International, but it mostly receives flights from other cities in the States as well as Mexico.

Best airline choices

Direct flights from San Francisco to Sydney are offered by United Airlines and US Airways.

Indirect flights are offered by the following carriers:

  • United Airlines
  • Qantas
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Air New Zealand

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights from San Francisco to Sydney vary according to the season. As the peak summer season (December to March) approaches, the prices start climbing. Outside the peak season, the prices are lower and don’t vary much from month to month.

For a round trip direct flight during the off season expect to pay about $800 (on United Airlines). Indirect flights (via Los Angeles) for the same period cost between $840 and $1500 depending on the airline (cheapest being United Airlines).

Money saving tips

You should start your research by looking at discount websites such as Vayama, Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity which allow for comparisons between prices.

Another good idea is to look on the airlines’ websites, especially at those which use the airports as hubs: Qantas and United Airlines. There are always more chances to find a good deal from these airlines than from others.

To save some money on airfare plan to fly outside the high season (December to March). During the winter, the prices are usually at their lowest. Consider flying mid-week to avoid both the business travelers (which prefer Mondays) and the tourists (which prefer the weekends).

Book your ticket about 2 to 8 weeks in advance as Studies show that you’ll be able to get the best deals within that time frame.