Cheap flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Cape Town (CPT)

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The best prices from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl are usually found in May or August, booked 19 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday and return on a Wednesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Cape Town (CPT)

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to CPT flight in 2022: compare San Francisco to Cape Town flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cape Town.
SFO - CPT
Price
$962 - $1,692
CPT
Temperature
53.6 - 69.8 °F
CPT
Precipitation
0.8 - 3.9 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 28% potential price rise

Cheapest in

May

Best time to find cheap flights, 21% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$962

From San Francisco to Cape Town Intl

One-way from

$625

One-way flight from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town?

The best pricing can be found in the month of May. Prices to Cape Town from San Francisco average $1,218. You can even find prices in May for less than $1,218, as users have found deals to Cape Town from as low as $837. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Cape Town from San Francisco. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 38%.

When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town (SFO - CPT)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town in the morning. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 18% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the afternoon.

What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from San Francisco to Cape Town?

Leaving on a Monday is a viable option for saving on travel. Heavily demanded days of the week can typically drive up the prices you see. Booking your travel for a less competitive day can save up to 22% on the overall cost on flights from San Francisco to Cape Town.

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Cape Town?

To save on the cost of your flight from San Francisco to Cape Town, book at least 19 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 14% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $1,122 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $1,328.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Cape Town in January, February 2022

The best prices found for SFO to CPT flights for January, February
11 Feb - 21 Feb
$873pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
21 Jan - 5 Feb
$877pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
5 Feb - 19 Feb
$878pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Cape Town 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cape Town from San Francisco found for this year
9 Mar - 23 Mar
$844pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
16 Mar - 23 Mar
$845pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
12 Apr - 28 Apr
$846pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Cape Town

Late deals on round-trip flights to Cape Town from San Francisco, departing today and this week
21 Jan - 5 Feb
$873pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
21 Jan - 5 Feb
$877pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
21 Jan - 28 Jan
$881pp
SFO
San Francisco
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Cape Town Intl from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Cape Town
2:20 pm - 7:20 am
Turkish Airlines
1 Stop
32h 00m
SFO - CPT
Turkish Airlines
$625
KAYAK
3:25 pm - 7:10 am
British Airways
2 Stops
30h 45m
SFO - CPT
British Airways
$631
Flights by SU
4:00 pm - 2:40 am
SWISS
2 Stops
49h 40m
SFO - CPT
SWISS
$700
KAYAK

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">San Francisco</span> to <span class="emphasized">Cape Town</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Cape Town

Which airlines flying from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are Lufthansa, Delta, and British Airways. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $900 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $900. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Turkish Airlines for just $845, but on average you can expect to pay $883.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $900?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Cape Town within the next 7 days for less than $900.

How popular is this San Francisco to Cape Town flight route?

The San Francisco to Cape Town Intl flight path was viewed by 22 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from San Francisco to Cape Town round-trip?

Our cheapest airline available from San Francisco to Cape Town is Turkish Airlines. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as $845 on this airline. Additional options worth looking into are United Airlines and SWISS, starting at $873 and $877 round-trip. Turkish Airlines is priced at 30% lower than the current average price of a flight leaving 3 months from now.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town one-way?

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $562 on Turkish Airlines. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include United Airlines from $578 and Lufthansa from $610 one-way.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from San Francisco to Cape Town?

The most popular airlines flying from San Francisco to Cape Town are American Airlines, Air France and British Airways. Something to consider prior to booking your flight.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Cape Town?

Looking for the cheapest flight from San Francisco to Cape Town? While on average our users pay $1,812, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $316. The most popular route (San Francisco - Cape Town Intl), is priced around $845.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Cape Town, South Africa

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Cape Town from San Francisco?

Information is based on travel restrictions from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl

Most visitors from San Francisco need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Cape Town Intl.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Cape Town Intl.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering Cape Town Intl.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Do I need a test to fly back to San Francisco from Cape Town?

Returning to San Francisco from Cape Town Intl

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cape Town Intl must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to San Francisco.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Cape Town Intl are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

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Alternative routes for San Francisco to Cape Town

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Cape Town

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Cape Town.
Today's exchange rate
$1 = R15.35
Average temperature for January in Cape Town
82.4 °F
Avg rainfall for January in Cape Town
0.4 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Cape Town

Top 10 airlines flying from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Cape Town choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
SWISS
$822 $1,217 No cancel fee 79%
United Airlines
$845 $1,638 No cancel fee 69%
Lufthansa
$872 $1,311 No cancel fee 76%
KLM
$883 $1,339 No cancel fee 75%
Delta
$885 $1,325 No cancel fee N/A
Turkish Airlines
$895 $1,460 No cancel fee 77%
British Airways
$958 $1,482 No cancel fee 70%
American Airlines
$978 $1,733 No cancel fee 71%
Emirates
$1,101 $1,605 No cancel fee 75%
Iberia
$1,371 $2,408 No cancel fee 77%
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