The San Francisco 49ers went through a major overhaul during the offseason. They lost their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who took the club to three straight NFC Championship games (including a Super Bowl) prior to last season, as he decided he wanted to coach at his alma mater Michigan. As a result, Jim Tomsula is San Francisco’s new coach. They also lost some key players on the field, like Patrick Willis and Justin Smith, who opted for retirement. As a result, a lot of people are predicting this transition year to be an unsuccessful one for the 49ers.
Perhaps most importantly, the struggles of quarterback Colin Kaepernick have people questioning his future. Once considered to be the “future of the NFL,” many are now wondering if he’s even the answer at quarterback in the long-term for the franchise.
To make things more difficult, an article produced by CBSSports.com revealed the Niners will have the most travel miles out of the league’s 32 teams this season. San Francisco was at the top of the list with 27,998 estimated travel miles, including four games that involve trips over 2,000 miles.
With the season approaching, below are the most expensive 49ers tickets for games on the road this season provided by TiqIQ.com, along with travel options for those games from Hipmunk.com for 49ers fans that want to plan out a road trip during the season.
11/22/2015 | Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers | CenturyLink Field | Average Price: $495.27 | Get-in Price: $226
49ers fans are always hoping their team can go into Seattle and defeat their No. 1 rival on the road. However, the reality is that trying to win at CenturyLink Field as a visitor is as tough as it gets in the NFL. The 49ers and Seahawks are set to duel for NFC West supremacy once again, with the Seahawks coming off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. The 12-hour, over-800-mile car ride is possible, but it would be favorable to choose a two-hour flight on Hipmunk. Roundtrip Seattle flights cost about $165, making it almost a no-brainer decision to fly for this matchup.
12/6/2015 | Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers | Soldier Field | Average Price: $342.36 | Get-in Price: $106
One of the 49ers’ over-2,000-mile trips is when they travel to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears. Since driving for over 30 hours is out of the realm of possibility for normal people, Chicago flights through Hipmunk appear to be the clear option of choice. The four-hour flight will cost around $240 for a round trip to see one of the more legendary football stadiums in the sport.
9/20/2015 | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers | Heinz Field | Average Price: $302.85 | Get-in Price: $110
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the San Francisco 49ers at Heinz Field on September 20. This is another one of the 2,000-mile trips, totaling at an estimated 2,500 miles. The five-hour nonstop flight will cost around $400 for a round trip, which is the most expensive flight of the three games. Given the rich, storied history of both organizations, though, it might be worth it in the end.