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Welcome to our guide on flying within California! Discover popular routes, airports, and airlines that fly within California. To begin searching for flights, use the search bar at the top of the page. If you book through Alternative Airlines, you can spread the cost using one of our payment plan options!

Book Flights Within California

California (a US state on the western coast) is a hot, buzzing and diverse state, attracting thousands of domestic and international tourists alike each year. From Los Angeles, home to Hollywood and the centre of the nation’s film and tv industry, to the culturally-rich city of San Francisco (and it’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge), there really is something for everyone. Other popular cities in California include: San Diego, Sacramento, Mountain View, San Jose, California City, and Hollywood Burbank.

Los Angeles to San Francisco

If you want to fit as much as possible into your trip to California, a domestic flight between the state’s top cities is a must. In as little as an hour and a half, you can hop between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In fact, the flight route between California’s Los Angeles and San Francisco has the most number of flights per year between any two destinations in the United States. It’s the second busiest route in the US!

The Golden Gate bridge in California, photographed at sunset

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1. Popular routes within California

2. Airports in California

2. Airlines that fly within California

3. FAQs


Popular Routes Within California

California is home to some of the most popular tourist cities in the US. The state’s cities are also business and cultural hubs, with many travelling between cities for reasons other than for leisure.

Los Angeles (LAX) – San Francisco (SFO)

The route between Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airport is one of the most popular and busiest in the US. The short flight takes just an hour and a half and is operate numerous times a day by multiple popular airlines.

Airlines: JetBlue, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest, Delta, and Alaska Airlines

Top Tip: Use the search bar at the top of the page to find all available flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco. You can filter the search results by what’s most important to you, including the cheapest price or shortest flight time.

San Francisco (SFO) – San Diego (SAN)

This is a short flight (an hour and a half approx) between two of the larger cities in California, operated daily by United Airlines and Alaska.

Airlines: United Airlines and Alaska Airlines


All airports in California

Below is a list of all airports that offer scheduled passenger flights in California

AIRPORT IATA
Los Angeles International Airport LAX
San Francisco International Airport SFO
San Diego International Airport SAN
San Jose International Airport SJC
Oakland International Airport OAK
Sacramento International Airport SMF
Santa Ana John Wayne Airport SNA
Ontario International Airport ONT
Hollywood Burbank Airport BUR
Long Beach Airport LGB
Palm Springs International Airport PSP
Fresno Yosemite International Airport FAT
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport SBA
Monterey Regional Airport MRY
Santa Rosa Airport STS
San Luis Obispo County Airport SBP
Bakersfield Airport BFL
Stockton Metropolitan Airport SCK
Arcata–Eureka Airport ACV
Redding Municipal Airport RDD
Santa Maria Airport SMX
Mammoth Lakes Airport MMH
Crescent City Airport CCE
McClellan–Palomar Airport CLD


Airlines that fly within California

Flights within California are operated by all of the largest US domestic carriers. These airlines operate flights between the major cities in California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, and Hollywood Burbank.

Have a preferred airline? When you search for flights through Alternative Airlines, you can filter the search results by your preferences. As well as the cheapest or quickest flights, you can also select to only view flights with a particular airline.

American Airlines Southwest Delta
United Airlines JetBlue Alaska Airlines
Allegiant Air American Eagle United Express


FAQs

What is the cheapest airport within California to fly into?

There are lots of airlines that operate domestic and international flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), so we recommend that you take a look at flights to LA if you're looking for cheaper prices. However, there are lots of factors to consider when trying to search for cheap flights. To example, you may find that the time of day that you fly will make a bigger difference than the airport that you choose to fly to.

Top Tip: When searching for flights through Alternative Airlines, you can apply our search result filters to filter the results by what is most important to you — including the cheapest flights. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, you can also use our Best Fare Calender to find the cheapest time to fly.

Can I buy California flights on finance?

As well as making it easier to search for the cheapest flights, Alternative Airlines can help make flying even more affordable, by helping you spread the cost of your flights over time. No matter what airline or flights you book, you can select one of our payment plans at checkout to book now, pay later. Our options include: Afterpay, Zip, Affirm, and Klarna.

Is it cheaper to fly to San Francisco or Los Angeles?

The answer to this question will depend on your departure airport, as well as many other factors. Depending on where you're flying from, you may find that flights to Los Angeles are cheaper. However, Alternative Airlines offers payment plan options on all flights. This means that you don't need to worry about the upfront costs of your flights, and can focus on what you want from your trip to California.

How can I get California flight discounts?

Take a look at our flight discounts and promos page for all the latest deals! If you're looking to make flying to/within California more affordable, remember that when you book flights through Alternative Airlines you can spread the cost of any flight over time using one of our payment plan options.