When is the best time to go to San Francisco?

The city of San Francisco is one of the destinations that can be visited throughout any season. Only the traveller's expectations and their financial capacities help determine the best time to go.

In order to enjoy the beautiful weather, nothing beats the summer period when the sun is at its highest. Moreover, it is possible to combine your stay with the discovery of some of the most significant cultural events, like the Stern Grove Festival.

In the spring and autumn, the relatively cool temperatures are easily forgotten, especially with exciting holidays like the Oktoberfest; this custom festival imported all the way from Munich by immigrants has kept all its authenticity: beer, sausages and great music await you, to the delight of travellers.

In winter, the rates offered by travel professionals are very tempting, but be prepared to deal with the freshness and rain.

So, when is the best time to go to San Francisco? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in San Francisco are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months are June, July, August, September and October
  • San Francisco has dry periods in June, July, August and September
  • The coldest months are January, February and December
  • The rainiest months are January and February

Annual weather in San Francisco

Infographic of the best times to visit San Francisco
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Weather details in San Francisco month by month

To get all the information about the climate and weather in San Francisco for a specific month, click on the corresponding link below:

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Weather and climate in San Francisco

A city on the west coast of the USA, in the heart of California and not far from Los Angeles, San Francisco enjoys a temperate climate, similar to that of a mediterranean type temperature. Thus, it is warm and fresh all year round and if summers are very dry, winters are on the contrast, rather quite humid. The climate in San Francisco is influenced by the presence of the Pacific Ocean.

Summer in San Francisco

Unlike in New York, where one is faced with very hot and sweltering summers, San Francisco experiences a more mild summer, with temperatures at around 25° C and very low rainfall, making the rate of sunshine particularly high: about nine or ten hours per day. Mornings are however a bit cool in San Francisco. On top of this, a mist settles regularly on the city during this period, bringing humidity and freshness.

Winter in San Francisco

Due to the temperate climates, San Francisco enjoys relatively mild winters. It is rare to see temperatures drop into the negative here, although the rainfall remains generally rare in San Francisco or California, it is much more concentrated during the winter months. Snowfalls are even rarer.

Spring in San Francisco

The Spring in San Francisco is quite pleasant with temperatures that climb gradually until they attain their summer level. There is relatively little rain at this time and late spring in particular is especially dry.

Autumn in San Francisco

In autumn, the climate of San Francisco faces temperatures that decrease gradually until they reach the freshness of winter. The early fall is very dry, but by the end in November it has more precipitation which further announces the arrival of winter. In early autumn and summer, it is not uncommon to observe sheets of fog along the coast and sometimes even in the city, bringing with them humidity and cool temperatures.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in San Francisco

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of San Francisco: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in San Francisco

Find out when San Francisco has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in San Francisco

  • Very low season in San Francisco
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: January, February and November.
  • Low season in San Francisco
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May and December.
  • High season in San Francisco
    The number of visitors to San Francisco is high in: June and October.
  • Peak season in San Francisco
    The largest number of tourists visiting San Francisco is during: July, August and September.

Figure: Visitor index for San Francisco month by month

Best time for low prices in San Francisco

Average prices of hotels in San Francisco month by month

Generally, December is the month with the lowest hotel prices in San Francisco. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, June is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to San Francisco

A return flight between London and San Francisco is generally cheaper if you go in february ($ 485 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 312 more for your airline ticket to San Francisco if you go in august.

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Average price of hiring a car in San Francisco

On average, it costs $ 137 per day to hire a car in San Francisco. This price varies by $ 38 depending on the month. In february, hiring a car costs an average of $ 121 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in july is $ 159.

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Other cities and places near San Francisco

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