Fresno is the 5th-largest city in California and sits in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. Temperatures in Fresno vary quite significantly, from somewhat cool to sweltering, with much of the year being comfortably warm. It’s very sunny in Fresno, with little rain and no snow. If you visit during the peak tourist season in summer, you should book your flights and lodgings in advance. The daily high temperatures in June – August range from 95 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and a hat. Spring is a lovely season to visit, with trees and flowers blooming, and comfortable temperatures of 72 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit. This is, however, another busy time for visitors. You might consider a fall vacation with warm sunny weather and fewer tourists; you can count on a great holiday. If budget is a concern, a winter visit might be best. You can probably find deals on flights and accommodation, and with high temperatures between 58 – 69 degrees Fahrenheit, you can leave your parka at home, so just remember to pack a jacket.
Users booking trips to Fresno from Oakland, California found flights 90% cheaper than the average price of flights to Fresno. To find the cheapest price to Fresno from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
The cheapest month to fly to Fresno from United States is in October. Flight prices, which tend to average around $347, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. If you don’t want to visit Fresno in October, then you should wait until January to fly from United States, when ticket prices are also cheap, with an average price of $353.
We recommend purchasing flights from United States to Fresno 40 days ahead of your departure date because this is when momondo users tend to see the best flight rates. On average, our users have found flights to Fresno for $438. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Fresno for as low as $116.
The cheapest day to depart from United States to Fresno is on a Tuesday. Travelers who choose to depart for Fresno on a Tuesday will often find tickets for as low as $338. If your travel schedule is flexible, try to avoid departing on a Sunday because tickets tend to average around $472. These prices are subject to change though, so be sure to set up a Price Alert for flights to Fresno.
Our data shows that the cheapest United States to Fresno flights are usually those with departure times in the evening. Our users have found flights to Fresno in the evening for as low as $201. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying at noon when prices are $543 on average. Flights to Fresno from United States at noon are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travelers’ schedules.
Fresno has a lot of good places to hike, such as Mammoth Mountain. Many locals as well as tourists enjoy hiking the mountains near Fresno, especially in the colder months for more of a challenge and some beautiful scenery. If you plan on hiking during your visit, consider booking your flight to Fresno for January or December. This is when you’ll find pristine hiking conditions for either mountains or trails. If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Fresno for February, March, and April. Parks like Woodward Park are popular hot spots in those months.
Those flying to Fresno could potentially find better pricing at Visalia Airport(36 mi from Fresno city center), Merced Municipal Airport(55 mi from Fresno city center), Mammoth Lakes Airport(81 mi from Fresno city center) or Bakersfield Meadows Field Airport(98 mi from Fresno city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
You can find deals at Visalia Airport for $394pp on average, but that price can change based on your departure airport. To save money, try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Currently, United States travel restrictions include travel to Fresno. The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in Austria, Brazil, Belgium, China, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States, but must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD). Family members of US citizens and permanent residents, and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) may also enter; however a Presidential Executive Order of June 22 means that further restrictions on certain visas (H1-B, H2-B, J and L) will be put in place from June 24. To see if you are affected please refer to the US Government’s travel page. Travelers who are allowed to enter the United States but have passed through or have been in any of the countries named above must quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination. If you are planning to travel to Fresno at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
Fresno’s airport is a joint civil-military airport located within the city. You have multiple options for travel into downtown Fresno from the conveniently located airport.
Taxis are available at the airline terminal. You can hail one curbside, or call Lyft, the authorized ride-share option at FAT. A ride into downtown with Lyft costs about $12.00 USD and takes around 20 minutes.
Certain local hotels offer shuttle services to and from FAT. Ask about it when you’re making reservations. Otherwise, you can book shuttle, limousine, private car or charter bus services with local companies here.
To ride the local FAX bus, walk 3 minutes from the airport to the corner of NW Peach and McKinley Ave and board route 26 which will take you to shelter A in Downtown Fresno in about 40 minutes, for a fare of $1.25 USD.
Car rental is a popular option with tourists visiting Fresno. Look for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Downtown Fresno is relatively compact and very walkable, and you’ll seldom need an umbrella, except possibly to keep the sun out of your eyes! For getting around the rest of this sprawling city, rely on the local buses, call for a taxi, or use Lyft or Uber ride-share services. Many visitors to Fresno plan a side trip to one of the three nearby National Parks, Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. There are buses traveling to these regularly, or you can rent a car and get there on your own schedule.
Fresno Area Express (FAX) buses serve the entire city with a fleet of 100 buses and 16 routes. An adult fare is $1.25 USD and transfers are free. Children under 6 ride for free with a paying adult. You can also buy a 10-ride pass for $11.25 USD. You can ride a YARTS bus to Yosemite National Park for $30.00 USD, or travel with Big Trees Transit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for $15.00 USD, including park entrance fees.
Taxis are easily available in Fresno. You can hail one outside of attractions and hotels or call for a ride. Flag drop is $3.40 USD, followed by $2.50 USD per mile with a waiting charge of $40.00 USD per hour. Call Uber or Lyft and you’ll likely save a few dollars, depending on the day and time.
Fresno is a great place to spend time outdoors. It boasts 75 urban parks and mostly dry, sunny weather. Here are some more suggestions for your itinerary, when you travel to Fresno.
Summer high temperatures and poor air quality can sometimes spell trouble for those with asthma or other breathing issues. If you suffer from any of these, pay attention to air quality reports, and plan indoor activities at air-conditioned malls or attractions.
While California has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit, you’ll be happy to discover that Fresno is the exception to that rule. There are plenty of affordable or free events and places worth seeing. Check out the local farmers’ markets, or Fresno’s Art Hop, for example.