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Flight time from London

11 hrs 5 mins

Distance from London

5,478 miles

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Looking for a flight to San Diego? Or perhaps you’ve already booked and need some top tips and advice for what to expect on board and when you land? We’re here to help. If you’re planning on hitting the waves for surfing, want to head off on a road trip, or just fancy feeling the laid-back California vibes, when you book flights to San Diego with us, you can rest assured that you’ll arrive refreshed and ready.

Whether you’re booking a San Diego holiday, or flights to San Diego, you can look forward to great service every time you fly. Our cabin crew are always on hand to make certain that your flight experience is one to remember – with safety and service our top priorities, leaving you to sit back, relax and make your all-important last-minute plans for when you arrive.

Flights to San Diego

With direct flights to San Diego from London Heathrow, you can be sure your journey will be as convenient and as straightforward as possible. No changing flights means less hassle, and a more relaxing start to your trip.

Read our San Diego travel guides for more inspiration on what to do once you arrive, from the city’s best dishes, to the places to visit.

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A flyers’ guide: San Diego flight tips

Everything you need to know about flying to San Diego with British Airways

What’s the cheapest time to fly to San Diego?

San Diego’s climate is mild and sunny all year round, making it a population destination for visitors at all times whenever you’re looking to go. June, July and August are especially popular when millions of people visit – this can means higher fares. To find our cheapest flights to San Diego, try our lowest fare finder tool and grab yourself the best deal.

How long is the flight time from London to San Diego?

You’ll arrive in just over 11 hours. British Airways operates direct flights to San Diego: fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Diego International (SAN).

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Where is San Diego Airport and what is the best way to get into the city?

San Diego International Airport is just three miles northwest of the city. If you’re going to be exploring the local area, the best idea is to hire a car, it’ll make your transfer easy too. You can get a taxi from the airport to downtown San Diego for around $12-14 – there are plenty of cab companies you can pre-book, among them Yellow Radio, San Diego Dispatch and Orange Radio, all of which take credit cards on request.

You can book a shuttle bus service to the destination of your choice, which can be booked through us when you make your San Diego holiday reservation or book flights. Alternatively you can take a Citybus Public Transit, number 992, which runs every 15-30mins between 5am and 11:30pm. A one-way fare is just $2.25 and tickets can be purchased at MTS vending machines at both Terminals 1 and 2, or download the Compass Cloud ticketing app.

Do I need a visa to travel to San Diego?

If you’re travelling on a British passport, there’s no need to get a visa in advance – but you do need to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel. There is a $14 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.

Find out more about visa requirements

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to San Diego?

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to San Diego?

Our economy cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to San Diego. You can select your seats in advance for an extra fee – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane, while those directly above the wings reduce the intensity of turbulence. Alternatively, free seat selection is available 24 hours in advance* when online check-in opens.

With premium economy you can enjoy more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.

Our business and first class cabins have fully flat beds for total comfort.

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*Free seat selection 24 hours in advance is not available if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare.

How many bags can I check in on my flight to San Diego?

Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. There are additional baggage allowances for those travelling in World Traveller Plus (two 23kg bags), Club World (two bags at 32kg each) and First (three bags at 32kg each). If you have any additional baggage requirements, just read our baggage guide for more information.

Three long-haul flight tips for San Diego

Travelling can be very tiring, but there are a few simple things you do to ensure you arrive feeling as well as is possible.

  1. It can help you to beat jet lag if you adjust to your new time zone as soon as you board the plane. Set you watch to California time when you embark. Also, use our handy jet lag calculator to calculate the best times to sleep, wake and rest.
  2. Hydration is crucial for feeling your best on board and when you land in your destination. Drink plenty of water beforehand and throughout the flight. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake during the flight and before it will help too, and could help you sleep better.
  3. Limber up while on the flight with some simple stretching exercises to keep blood flowing. The slowing of blood circulation is one of the most common side-effects of jet lag. Check out our wellbeing pages in High Life magazine in your seat pocket too for more great tips.

Plan your perfect San Diego trip

Where to stay

From large resorts by the sea to urban luxury in San Diego’s downtown, whatever type of hotel you prefer, whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, with the family or as a couple, our hotel guide will suggest the best sleep for you.

What to do

While you’re in San Diego, why not take to the road for a few days and make the most of its great location? Take the coastal highway all the way to San Francisco, or head to the mountains of Palomar, or the nearby desert of East County.

California road trips

Things to do in San Diego

There are lots of reasons to visit San Diego, from the warm weather and warm welcome to the waterfront activities and cruises, amusement parks and great foodie scene – but if you’re in a need of a little inspiration here are six more reasons to visit.

Six reasons to visit San Diego

San Diego tips

Our hints and tips will make you feel like a San Diego local in no time

When to tip

Tipping is customary in the USA, with bartenders, hotel staff and doormen usually expecting a dollar or two. In a cab or restaurant? An additional 15-20 per cent on top of the bill is the norm.

Getting around

Hire a car or take cabs (there are several taxi apps and pre-book cab companies including the San Diego Cab Company and Orange Cab San Diego). There are also buses and rapid trains.

Free attractions

Hike the trail in Balboa Park where you can listen to a free outdoor concert, people watch on the three-mile boardwalk between Mission and Pacific beaches, or see art for free at the Museum of Modern Art San Diego, the third Thursday of every month.

Discover more of San Diego

The city is a meccafor outdoor enthusiasts.

Ellie Ross,  Travel writer and California enthusiast

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