Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to San Francisco (SFO)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Melbourne to San Francisco
San Francisco travel information
San Francisco has all the energy of a big city combined with quirky and quaintness of a small town. Historical pastel-hued houses sit side-by-side with new American cuisine, hubs of creative communities and tech-giants. Nature lovers, art lovers, foodies and those looking for romance, are all easily charmed by this classic coastal city.
When to visit
Best time to visit San Francisco
The best time to visit San Francisco is from September to November. Fall (August to October) offers some of the city's warmest temperatures year-round, not to mention fewer crowds than summer. There are lovely sunny days, street fairs and perfect to enjoy California’s farm fresh cuisine. Spring is another good time to visit thanks to its mild temperatures and lack of rain (compared to other parts of California) and a great time to get outdoors.
What is the main airport called?
San Francisco Airport (SFO)Opens external site in a new window is the main international airport serving the city of San Francisco, USA, being the largest airport in Northern California region and the second busiest after Los Angeles Airport. San Francisco Airport is located (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco, close to the cities of Millbrae and San Bruno. The airport has four terminals, the international terminal and three domestic terminals.
Arriving in San Francisco
The helpful staff at San Francisco Airport will greet you when you land and assist you with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into San Francisco from San Francisco Airport
There are many transport options available at SFO to get to San Francisco city centre. The AirTrain offers transfer between terminals. Board one of the 5 bus lines available at San Francisco Airport operated by SamTrans. Jump in a taxi to get to San Francisco within 30 minutes. SFO BART is the best way to get around San Francisco Airport taking just 25 minutes to get to the city centre. From SFO it is possible to connect to Caltrain services for a cheaper option using public transport. Car rental and ride share services are popular ways to get to the town centre from the terminals.
Getting around San Francisco
Once you're in San Francisco the cable car is both a tourist highlight and great way to see the city. There is also bus, ferry, taxi, the BART and the San Francisco hop-on hop-off tour. A convenient way to see the popular tourist sites such as Alcatraz and the famous Chinatown district is to hire a car, though parking can be tricky. It’s popular to hire a bike to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and walking is ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the US. Most major sites in San Francisco are reachable on foot and the best way to explore a neighbourhood.
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
Customers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are a allocated checked baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
Customers travelling from Melbourne can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance, using the Qantas app or visiting a kiosk at the airport.
The benefits of flying Qantas
Fly from with Qantas and enjoy a comfortable journey from take-off to touch down.
Get your trip to off to the right start with a check-in option that best suits your needs. Visit a kiosk or desk at the airport to check in on arrival or use our online and mobile check-in services to check-in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Use the baggage calculator to find out what is included with your fare.
Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?
If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.
If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.
If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.