Flights to California

Fly from as little as £283

13 nights in San Jose USA, departing London Heathrow on 20 / Mar / 2019 with Virgin Atlantic (price found 28 hours ago)

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California: The Golden State

The state that’s got it all: Pacific beaches, easy going cities, prestigious national parks, good looking locals, fine new world wines and a free spirited, trend setting culture. Scroll down to search and compare the latest offers for your 2019 California holiday.

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Los Angeles
Flights to Los Angeles
£ 310
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San Francisco
Flights to San Francisco
£ 294
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San Diego
Flights to San Diego
£ 344
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Oakland
Flights to Oakland
£ 346
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San Jose USA
Flights to San Jose USA
£ 283
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California

California double overhead

Sharp end of the stick


The weird and the wild live in California, from bohemian artistry and organic hipsters to edgy tech businesses developing ‘the next big thing’. Silicon Valley alone is home to thousands of start-ups and an unknowable quantity of plotters and schemers writing scripts and assembling technology in basements and spare rooms. Hollywood isn’t the only business with stories to tell here; there are California dreamers in every cafe, on every corner.

Weird and wonderful

All that bohemian and wackiness associated with California didn’t appear out of thin air. It’s a mysterious territory of intense natural beauty and pocketed with ancient Indian burial sites. The screams and yelps of coyotes and mountain lions haunt the Mojave Desert and the malice of a super volcano that sleeps beneath Yosemite. The smothering, year round fogs have been used by poets, filmmakers and other artists as a metaphor for grief and the boundaries of memory. To get to the root of California’s zany personality, you have to see it in the cities and feel it in the wild.

Coastal culture


Coastal California is the star of the show. Road trip from Sacramento to San Diego on the Pacific Coast Highway, call in at San Fran and L.A. and stop to take in the purple sands of Pfeiffer Beach and the vistas of the ocean and mountains that plunge into it. There are literally hundreds of surfing spots along The Bay and up and down the ocean front, a cache of marine life, including year round whale watching opportunities and a line of coastal vineyards caressed by ocean breezes.

When to go

California has a Mediterranean climate; hot and dry summers, cold and wet winters and temperate spring and autumn conditions perfect for exploring the outdoors. The Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean wield great influence on weather conditions; high elevation creates sub-arctic extremes in Yosemite National Park and blankets of summer fog drift in from the cold ocean to smother San Diego in the early morning.

Peak season is June to August, temperatures average at 22 degrees Celsius. It’s the most expensive time to visit when temperatures are consistently hot, sometimes toppling over 30 degrees Celsius in July. It’s busier in major cities, beaches and in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Like much of America’s west coast, it’s good to be in California year round – there’s snow sports in the winter, the wine crush in the autumn and good hiking in the spring.

That said, be mindful of local conditions at your time of holiday. For instance, summer fogs can mar a beach break holiday so late spring or early autumn is more advisable when the intense heat isn’t at its fiercest. If the great outdoors is your thing, temperatures in Yosemite in the winter consistently fall below freezing and this makes for spectacular waterfalls in the thaw that plunge off granite precipices into lush valleys.

Airports and airlines

We scan 333,973 flights, conducting your search on a regional basis enables you to see a wider range of options than say searching by city. Our prices are as seen (scroll up to see the most popular routes and destinations). Some useful information:

  • The most popular airlines are: British Airways, Air France and KLM
  • The most popular airports are: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN)
  • February is the cheapest time to fly to California

The cost of your flight depends on departure and return dates, popular times to fly and on your choice of airline. There are 39 airports to choose from in California, performing your search by state enables you to choose the best priced point of entry.

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