California dreamin’ begins with flights to San Francisco. And Tony Bennett’s not the only one to leave his heart here – it’s love at first sight of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge looming eerily through the morning mist as your plane makes its descent into San Francisco Airport. The West Coast’s capital of cool delivers world-class culture and fizzes with fun 24/7. From the gilded palaces of Nob Hill to the hippie hangouts of Haight-Ashbury, the bohemian buzz of Chinatown to the airy parklands of Pacific Heights, the city by the bay knows just how to sweep you off your feet.
As one of the major hubs for the US West Coast, finding cheap flights to San Francisco should be a breeze at any time of the year. Popular holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be heavily oversubscribed, so be sure to book well in advance if you’re planning a seasonal getaway. California’s mild climate delivers a year-round boost for sun-starved Brits, so snap up the best deals by avoiding the travel hotspots of Easter and high summer. May, September and October are sizzling enough for the pickiest sun-worshipper, while the colourful Chinese New Year festivities lend a warm glow to February.
Non-stop flights to San Francisco International depart from London Heathrow daily, operated by over a dozen global carriers including our own British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, with a journey time of around 11 hours. KLM offers flights from regional airports including Edinburgh and Bristol via Amsterdam Schiphol, and Air France connects Glasgow and Birmingham via Paris Charles de Gaulle. Alternatively, look for cheap tickets to San Francisco via another main US hub; American Airlines has some good-value deals via New York JFK, for example.
After your long flight to San Francisco International, you’ll be grateful for a hassle-free transfer to your final destination. Many hotels offer free airport pick-ups for guests, so remember to ask when you book your room. Alternatively, the SuperShuttle whisks you straight from the terminal to any location within the city limits. If you feel like a touch of VIP treatment, grab a cab and take a back seat for your first unforgettable glimpse of the city. The airport is just 12 miles south of downtown, so you’ll be dropping your bags and hitting the action in no time.
Timothy Leary summed up San Francisco’s legendary sixties counterculture with his infamous slogan ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’. The city may have moved on from its hippie heyday, but its alternative light shines on. Discover your inner diva in the flamboyant gay bars of Castro, or let your imagination run riot in the spooky cell blocks of storied Alcatraz. Start your day with a spot of soothing tai chi on the waterfront, and end it with pumping techno in a converted warehouse. San Fran has a mission to capture your heart, no holds barred.
*Savings based on all holiday package bookings with Flight + Hotel on ebookers.com from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
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