We fly to San Francisco daily

11 hour flight time

London Heathrow (LHR)

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Visas and entry requirements

Foreign nationals or
non-US citizens


  • Upload your passport details and complete contact tracing information ahead of departure (this can be done during Online Check In which opens 24 before your flight)
  • Ensure you have a valid passport and ESTA (if eligible for the US Visa Waiver Program). 

US citizens/nationals or Lawful permanent residents


  • Upload your passport details and complete contact tracing information ahead of departure (this can be done during Online Check In which opens 24 before your flight)

What you need to know

Handy hints to help you hit the ground running in San Francisco.

Local time

GMT -8 hours


US Dollar $


English and Spanish


120 volts 60Hz

Plug type A and B



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.

Airport Guides

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

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San Francicso flight deals

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  • Choose your seats for free within seven days in advance for Flying Club members
  • Extra cover for everyone travelling, and your money, while you're away
  • Secure your booking for just £175 per person and pay the rest by direct debit

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Discover San Francisco

It’s hard not to fall in love with San Francisco. From the mist rolling in under the Golden Gate Bridge to the pretty Victorian architecture and the old-fashioned cable cars, San Francisco has the perfect mix of old meets new. 

Alcatraz Island

Hop aboard a ferry and head to this infamous former prison, which once hosted the likes of Al Capone.

Must do San Francisco


The largest Chinatown outside of Asia, this dizzying neighborhood offers up an incomparable cultural experience.

Going local in San Francisco

A family day in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most family-friendly cities in the United States, with hundreds of playgrounds, parks, educational experiences and fun museums to explore. Squeeze it all in with this one-day itinerary.

Plan some family fun

A tour of foodie hot spots

Love your food? From an all-American breakfast, chic coffee haunts toan impossibly cool restaurant scene, these are our top picks for the ultimate foodie day out - all you need is a healthy appetite! 

A taste of San Fran

A shopper's paradise

San Francisco might be one of the most exciting shopping destinations. This city is brimming with little independent stores and unique boutiques, but you'll also find the big-name department stores and brands. 

Get ready to spend

Why you’ll love flying with Virgin Atlantic

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Cabins and seats

Our seats have been carefully designed to help you fly in total comfort during the flight, no matter which cabin you're in. Find out how our Upper Class, Premium and Economy seats measure up.

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Inflight services

Whichever cabin you're travelling in, you'll enjoy exciting inflight entertainment and delicious food and drinks throughout the flight.


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Virgin Points

We reward your adventures with Virgin Points. Whether you're taking off, doing the weekly shop or splashing out on an exclusive stay, points make it all more rewarding.  

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