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The best prices from San Francisco to Cape Town 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)

SFO - CPT
Price
$962 - $1,692
CPT
Temperature
66.2 - 84.2 °F
CPT
Rainfall
0.4 - 3.7 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

One-way from

$729

One-way flight from San Francisco to Cape Town

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

Thursday flights are found to be more expensive to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town. This shouldn’t discourage you from searching, as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Cape Town.

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

Find a great deal and save up to 4% by booking at least 37 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from San Francisco to Cape Town within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at $939.

What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Cape Town?

Flights from San Francisco to Cape Town lean towards being more expensive in December. Prices are generally better when you fly from San Francisco to Cape Town in March, with the cheapest ticket starting at $770.

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

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from San Francisco to Cape Town is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are at noon tend to be the most expensive. A flight in the morning could potentially save you up to 16% on airfare.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Cape Town in November, December 2020

The best prices found for SFO to CPT flights for November, December
25 Dec - 10 Jan
$913pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
19 Dec - 29 Jan
$921pp
SFO
San Francisco
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
25 Dec - 8 Jan
$924pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Cape Town 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cape Town from San Francisco found for next year
25 Dec - 10 Jan
$913pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
19 Dec - 29 Jan
$921pp
SFO
San Francisco
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
25 Dec - 8 Jan
$924pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Qatar Airways
 
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
7 Dec - 22 Jan
$994pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
6 Dec - 18 Jan
$1,005pp
SFO
San Francisco
KLM
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
KLM
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
6 Dec - 15 Jan
$1,015pp
SFO
San Francisco
KLM
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
KLM
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Cape Town from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Cape Town
1:15 pm - 7:00 am
Turkish Airlines
1 Stop
31h 45m
SFO - CPT
Turkish Airlines
$729
KAYAK
11:10 am - 6:30 am
Iberia
1 Stop
33h 20m
SFO - CPT
Iberia
$754
Ovago
3:35 am - 5:40 am
Lufthansa
2 Stops
40h 05m
SFO - CPT
Lufthansa
$782
Ovago

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about San Francisco to Cape Town flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Cape Town

Are flight prices decreasing from San Francisco to Cape Town due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both San Francisco and Cape Town for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl to control the spread of COVID-19?

Airlines globally have implemented additional safety measures to accommodate you. Delta is one of them. Some of the new policies that have been implemented to accommodate travelers flying from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl are improved sanitation, HEPA filters, mask requirements, social distance seating (for a limited time), and pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms. Policies will vary by airline.

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 Delta, British Airways, and United Airlines. 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 $800 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $800. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Turkish Airlines for just $776, but on average you can expect to pay $831.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $800 on Cheapflights?

There are no nonstop flights from San Francisco to Cape Town, but Cheapflights can provide you with all the information you need to find the fastest route with the fewest stops.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Cape Town for under $1,000?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Cape Town within the next 7 days for less than $1,000.

How popular is this flight route?

Flights from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl have been viewed 22 times in the past calendar month.

Does it rain more in San Francisco or Cape Town?

Expected rainfall in San Francisco is less than in Cape Town. You can expect this to be the case over the next 11 days.

Is San Francisco weather warmer or cooler than Cape Town?

With an average temperature of 84 °F, peak weather can be found in February. As a traveler, expect to see changes in flight prices during that period. The temperatures in Cape Town are hotter than in San Francisco.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Cape Town?

Turkish Airlines, British Airways, and Qatar Airways can get you from San Francisco to Cape Town in just under 31h 45m. Your travel time can differ by up to 2h 40m. When browsing for deals, the options you’ll see will be for both nonstop flights and flights with stops.

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

Cheapflights users have booked flights from San Francisco to Cape Town round-trip from $776. Another airline that can offer you cheap pricing is Qatar Airways. Turkish Airlines is priced at 36% 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 $631 on Turkish Airlines. Other airlines that offer cheap prices include Iberia from $754 and British Airways from $769 one-way.

Alternative routes for San Francisco to Cape Town

Destination information for Cape Town

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from San Francisco to Cape Town
Today's exchange rate
$1 = R15.23
Average temperature for November in Cape Town
77.0 °F
Avg rainfall for November in Cape Town
0.9 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Cape Town

Top 10 airlines from San Francisco to Cape Town

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 change fee 79%
Lufthansa
$872 $1,311 No change fee 76%
Delta
$885 $1,325 No cancel fee N/A
KLM
$883 $1,339 No change fee 75%
Turkish Airlines
$895 $1,460 No cancel fee 77%
British Airways
$958 $1,482 No cancel fee 70%
Cathay Pacific
$1,383 $1,588 No cancel fee 72%
Emirates
$1,101 $1,605 No cancel fee 75%
United Airlines
$845 $1,638 No cancel fee 69%
American Airlines
$978 $1,733 No cancel fee 71%
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