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.View our San Francisco travel guide
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to San Francisco (SFO)
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Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Melbourne to San Francisco
The approximate flight time for Qantas flights from Melbourne to San Francisco is around 19 hours and 5 minutes, via Los Angeles.
When to visit
The best time to visit San Francisco is from September to November. Autumn (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 it's the perfect time 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 in a new tab or window is the main international airport serving the city of San Francisco, USA, being the largest airport in the 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 staff at San Francisco Airport will greet you when you land and assist 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 a 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's 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.
Just got back from San Francisco - what to do according to Qantas Frequent Flyers
Feel the energy, experience the quirks and check out its surrounds.
We asked three Qantas Frequent Flyers to share what they did when they landed in San Francisco – take notes for your own trip.
Fly from Melbourne
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.Opens in a new tab or window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (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.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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