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San Francisco to Cape Town flight information

Flights arrive in Cape Town Intl
Flights depart from San Francisco
Flight price R12 735
Distance 16 498 km
Airlines SWISS, Lufthansa, KLM, Delta

Good to know

Low season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High season:
July
Most popular time to fly
17%
expected price increase
Average price:
R22 901
(price for this month)
Good deal:
R19 717
or less return trip within
2 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to Cape Town

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Cape Town was found, on average, 52 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is January.
On average*, there is no price difference when choosing to fly in the morning or the evening on this flight route.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking San Francisco to Cape Town Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Cape Town take?
There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 22h 25m.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Cape Town?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on SWISS (R12 735), Lufthansa (R13 135) and KLM (R13 581).
Which airports will I be using when flying from San Francisco to Cape Town?
When flying out of San Francisco you will be using San Francisco, often referred to as San Francisco Airport. You will be landing at Cape Town Intl, also known as Cape Town Airport.
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Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Cape Town (return)

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
R12 735
only
R12 735
Destination
Cape Town
R12 735
only
R12 735
Sun, Nov 24
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
24h 55m
Wed, Dec 4
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
41h 55m
R12 735
Trip: 11 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 535 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ZRH
JFK
Good 6,6

Cons: Not having to go to a different, further away airport because I missed my connection. Not having my luggage go missing and not get delivered within 24 hours.

BOS
ZRH
Good 7,6

Pros: Excellent service from the crew and prices were good.

Cons: The seats seem to have gotten smaller and were rather uncomfortable for a 7 hour flight.

FCO
ZRH
Good 6,3

Pros: Ok

Cons: Flight was late

ZRH
ATH
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: Actually making the flight

BEG
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Considering I'm still in Zurich since they rescheduled my flight for the next day I would say there is nothing positive to say at this point.

Cons: Due to over booking they did not wait for connecting flight and instead bumped me onto the next day flight so I would say they could have been more honest in their dealing.

Tue, Jan 7
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
37h 15m
Wed, Jan 15
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
41h 55m
R13 135
Trip: 9 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 26 493 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
7,7
Food
7,6
FRA
SOF
Excellent 8,4

Cons: Boarding

BOS
FRA
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Fabulous service

Cons: Not a thing

CLT
MUC
Good 7,6

Pros: Clean and comfortable airplane

Cons: Entertainment wasn’t working the entire flight

FRA
FCO
Okay 4,8

Pros: Reliable airline.

Cons: Overly strict on luggage size and weight. I’m talking about 0.1 kg difference. I was attempted twice to check the only small case I have, which is an exact fit to Lufthansa standard. Very annoying. Won’t fly LH again. British Airways is a lot better.

NCE
FRA
Good 6,0

Pros: Nothing much to say. The crew was polite, kind and professional.

Cons: nothing.

Mon, Sep 9
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
43h 50m
Thu, Sep 26
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
24h 30m
R13 581
Trip: 18 days
7,8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,8 Good
Based on 3 336 reviews
Overall
8,0
Boarding
7,9
Comfort
7,7
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
7,2
Food
7,5
AMS
LOS
Excellent 8,0

Pros: The crew was great. The soecial meal request was hadled well despite oversight.

Cons: Soecial meal request was made in advance but overlooked. Did not mind it so much as eating less is not a bad idea! To err is human.

AMS
BLQ
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Great plane and staff

Cons: Delayed

PTY
AMS
Excellent 8,6

Cons: I congratulate the KLM crew!

AMS
JFK
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Yes

Cons: Everything was good

SLC
AMS
Excellent 8,8

Cons: The flight was a bit delayed, but the airline handled it incredibly well. I was put up in a great hotel with good free food and caught another flight the next morning.

Thu, Aug 22
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
22h 25m
Thu, Aug 29
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
24h 30m
R17 318
Trip: 8 days
7,9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,9 Good
Based on 26 282 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,8
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,5
LAX
DFW
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Good

JFK
PHX
Okay 4,0

Pros: Service was ok not a big deal. Could've had a accommodate us for the 2 hour delay

Cons: 2 hour delay...and once in seat it was too hot with traffic of planes in front of us.

BOS
RDU
Okay 4,0

Cons: Better flight scheduling.

PIT
JFK
Okay 5,5

Pros: There was an incredibly large passenger next to me and I was essentially afforded only a quarter of my seat. It is not really fair for anyone to have to sit next to someone taking up twice their seat.

JFK
TXL
Okay 4,6

Cons: Plane was cramped and in disrepair: broken seat arm and headrest, very limited recline. It was a 767 and felt more uncomfortable than a 30 seat regional jet. Very dated entertainment system with limited media options. Exceedingly long delay (1 hour) which the pilot attributed to the ground crew.

Sun, Dec 1
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
24h 55m
Tue, Dec 10
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
41h 45m
R12 735
Trip: 10 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 535 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
MUC
GVA
Excellent 9,0

Pros: Crew was particularly lively and friendly. The chocolates were awesome

Cons: No entertainment throughout

EWR
ZRH
Good 7,6

Pros: Crew was great. Phenomenal even.

Cons: Economy seating, so hard to complain, I got what I paid for, but 1-2” more between seats would have kept my knees out of the lady’s back in the seat in front of me...

GVA
ATH
Good 6,3

Pros: From Geneva to Athens we use the AEGEAN AIRLINES and the flight was very good over all. We had to use the AEGEAN because we missed the SWISS flight due to United's delays.

GVA
ZRH
Excellent 8,6

Cons: On time departure would be nice. Overall very pleasant experience. Water and Swiss chocolates were served during under an hour flight. Thank you Swiss!

JFK
ZRH
Good 6,0

Pros: I did not receive a single email from kayak letting me know I could check in or select seats. No updates on flight status! Poor service!

Cons: Email updates before flight! Not a single email sent!!

Sat, Feb 8
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
53h 40m
Tue, Feb 25
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
41h 45m
R12 935
Trip: 18 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 535 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
BEG
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Considering I'm still in Zurich since they rescheduled my flight for the next day I would say there is nothing positive to say at this point.

Cons: Due to over booking they did not wait for connecting flight and instead bumped me onto the next day flight so I would say they could have been more honest in their dealing.

JFK
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Had to pay the $259.00 to get another flight because my name wasn’t on the flight had to be on the phone for a hour and 28 minutes just to get my name on a flight after I paid over $900.00 on my round trip flight this was an awful experience and did not and will not book any flight ever with these airlines or the company representing them as VAYAMA

JFK
ZRH
Good 6,0

Pros: I did not receive a single email from kayak letting me know I could check in or select seats. No updates on flight status! Poor service!

Cons: Email updates before flight! Not a single email sent!!

ATH
ZRH
Okay 4,6

Cons: Swiss Air from Athens to Zurich stellar—excellent service, seating, food—but left one hour late due to air traffic. Nearly missed connecting Edelweiss flight—and that flight was just terrible. Passengers behind me constantly kicking, pulling my seat—wouldn’t allow me to put seat in recline position.

ZRH
BOS
Excellent 10,0

Pros: My husband was on a business trip and his company booked him in business class. Economy was overbooked they cave me a free upgrade so I could sit with him!

Cons: Cost of extra bag. Also size limit for overhead carryon

Sun, Dec 1
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
24h 55m
Tue, Dec 24
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
31h 10m
R12 996
Trip: 24 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 535 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
JMK
GVA
Excellent 8,3

Pros: Captain was great !

Cons: Food

GVA
JFK
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Need more leg room. Cramped for 8 hours is not a good thing

BOS
ZRH
Okay 5,3

Cons: Children children children.....

ZRH
SKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Mmmm

Cons: Superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

ZRH
LUX
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: None

Cons: None hate the experience

Mon, Oct 7
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
26h 00m
Tue, Oct 29
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
40h 30m
R13 258
Trip: 23 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 535 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
SFO
ZRH
Excellent 8,3

Pros: Great organization, very efficient

Cons: Bag fees were not made clear on Kayak or Swiss website, seats on Edelweiss A320 we’re spaced too close together for my legs, though was not a problem on the 777.

GVA
ATH
Good 6,3

Pros: From Geneva to Athens we use the AEGEAN AIRLINES and the flight was very good over all. We had to use the AEGEAN because we missed the SWISS flight due to United's delays.

VCE
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: 70’ late on a 45’ flight

JFK
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Had to pay the $259.00 to get another flight because my name wasn’t on the flight had to be on the phone for a hour and 28 minutes just to get my name on a flight after I paid over $900.00 on my round trip flight this was an awful experience and did not and will not book any flight ever with these airlines or the company representing them as VAYAMA

LHR
GVA
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: You could have had my luggage arrive. Now I don’t know where it is

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