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San Francisco to Cape Town flight information

Flights arrive in Cape Town
Flights depart from San Francisco
Flight price R11 841
Distance 16 498 km
Airlines SWISS, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific

Good to know

Low season:
January
Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High season:
June
Most popular time to fly
12%
expected price increase
Average price:
R18 405
(price for this month)
Good deal:
R18 745
or less return trip within
3 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, 51 days before departure.
Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is January.
Morning departure is around 40% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*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 29h 00m.
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 (R11 841), United Airlines (R11 945) and Lufthansa (R13 719).
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
R11 841
only
R11 841
Destination
Cape Town
R11 841
only
R11 841
Fri, Nov 29
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
49h 50m
Sun, Dec 8
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
35h 10m
R11 841
Trip: 10 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 726 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
NAP
ZRH
Excellent 8,0

Pros: The plane was pretty cool. I like the fact that the overhead compartments had enough room. The staff was friendly, too. The piece of chocolate is very tasty.

Cons: Food on those airplanes is always bad. There were not enough chicken sandwiches and some passengers only were given cheese sandwiches.

SFO
ZRH
Excellent 8,3

Pros: The crew was amazingly efficient serving food and drink. In the recline position the seat bottom extended which was far more comfortable than simply reclining.

Cons: The food was mediocre and the selection of movies was very limited.

ZRH
BKK
Excellent 10,0

Pros: comfortable seating, friendly helpful crew, good food

Cons: sometimes too cold sometimes too warm

EWR
ZRH
Excellent 8,0

Cons: The food is good k

EWR
ZRH
Good 7,6

Pros: The entertainment was good

Cons: The food on the 2nd flight was bad

Sat, Mar 14
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
32h 50m
Wed, Mar 25
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
41h 55m
R11 945
Trip: 12 days
7,1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,1 Good
Based on 65 988 reviews
Overall
7,3
Boarding
7,4
Comfort
7,0
Crew
7,7
Entertainment
6,6
Food
6,5
DEN
OGG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Everything. A bit skewed as we flew first class which we don’t usually so. All was great!

Cons: Nothing.

NRT
DEN
Good 7,6

Pros: lie flat

Cons: cabin crew attentiveness

DEN
SLC
Excellent 8,0

Pros: efficient, punctual

YYZ
ORD
Okay 4,0

Cons: At the time at the gate did not allowed me even take my caryon bag with me, the staff was so rude an in an uncivilized manner start fighting with me ,I am a sinor person got very disrespected by your staff, I would like to bring a lawsuit against UA for what you did to me ,I wish an invitator from your office contantact me to explain everything,

ORD
MUC
Excellent 8,6

Pros: crew was initially helpful but then did not help with our connection but might have been out of their control-would have been nice to know that there was no chance to make connection with the initial flight delay We ran all the way and still did not make it-too far and connection was too tight with having to go thru customs very grateful to the Luftansa attendant who helped us at the desk of the gate to find and book another connetion

Cons: more time between flight connections

Mon, Apr 6
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
31h 05m
Sat, Apr 11
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
58h 10m
R13 719
Trip: 6 days
7,9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,9 Good
Based on 26 964 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
7,7
Food
7,6
ZAG
MUC
Excellent 9,0

Pros: Crew was very friendly. Liked that you can see how far away and how much longer the flight was.

Cons: Flights to be more on time

CDG
MUC
Good 7,6

Cons: Food is a joke

MUC
CDG
Good 6,4

Pros: Crew

Cons: We were delayed thirty minutes due to slow service. Zero entertainment and only a brownie for a snack

EWR
FCO
Excellent 8,0

Cons: This Lufthansa flight was operated by United Airlines. Coach seating was uncomfortable after a couple hours despite moving around regularly.

MUC
BOS
Good 7,0

Pros: TV series “The Name of the Rose” that I really wanted to watch for some time

Cons: Water, water, water... I almost died from dehydration

Sun, Oct 20
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
37h 20m
Wed, Oct 23
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
37h 05m
R21 865
Trip: 4 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 6 090 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,4
Entertainment
8,2
Food
7,7
CGK
HKG
Excellent 8,0

Pros: The crew were amazing and attentive.

JFK
YVR
Excellent 8,3

Pros: the crew was professional and efficient on board the plane.

Cons: seat space was tight. it was hard to get comfortable

EWR
HKG
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The entertainment system has huge offerings.

Cons: The food could be better.

HND
HKG
Good 7,3

Pros: The flight departed and arrived on time.

Cons: The plane was not the same plane I booked travel on. They changed it, so if it’s the 777 then it is basically widebody short haul seating in business, with a lay flat price! The seats are old and don’t work well. This has been an issue on all the flights I’ve taken between Tokyo and HKG.

YVR
JFK
Excellent 8,0

Pros: crew was excellent

Cons: seat was better this flight.

Wed, Dec 4
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
29h 00m
Fri, Dec 13
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
44h 05m
R12 152
Trip: 10 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 726 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ZRH
SIN
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The crew was so friendly

Cons: Everything is so smooth in my flight!

HAJ
ZRH
Okay 5,6

Pros: Seems that the exit row seat was very narrow!

Cons: Be on time

ZRH
SIN
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Great service in 1st class

Cons: All good

EWR
ZRH
Good 7,6

Pros: The entertainment was good

Cons: The food on the 2nd flight was bad

AMS
ZRH
Excellent 9,0

Pros: The crew was nice, the food was really good, the plane was clean, and they used reusable silverware and plates to avoid waste.

Sat, Feb 15
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
37h 30m
Sat, Mar 7
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
44h 05m
R12 300
Trip: 22 days
7,1GoodShow reviews
Overall 7,1 Good
Based on 65 988 reviews
Overall
7,3
Boarding
7,4
Comfort
7,0
Crew
7,7
Entertainment
6,6
Food
6,5
LAX
SAN
Excellent 8,0

Cons: The time of the flight was super late. I wish we could have left earlier. All other aspects were fine.

SFO
MUC
Okay 5,6

Pros: In flight experience was ok.

Cons: It was difficult to learn gate information, was provided at the last minute, which is tough in a long airport like Munich. Airline few us into an airport that was the center of a political protest which was known at the time of takeoff. We should have been warned as it required 4 hours to leave the Barcelona airport, walking away from it 3 miles in the rain.

BUF
ORD
Good 6,4

Pros: Big selection of movies if you have the United app.

Cons: Tiny overheads in the 777 so they took carry-ons from at least half the people on the flight. Out of the hamburger by the time they left Economy Plus. Narrow seats, very little seat pitch. I am not quite 5' 10" and I only have a couple inches between my legs and the seatback. Similarly cramped restrooms.

BOS
DEN
Mediocre 3,6

Cons: I paid $100 for an upgrade on a United which turned out to be the first row, and right beside the rest room (which was erroneously showing as occupied for the first 20 minutes). The traffic made it feel like I was sitting on a bench in Grand Central Station. I chose an aisle seat but ended up mysteriously in the middle seat. I had extra leg room but if I’d eaten the free 5 pretzels I wouldn’t have been able to fit it my seat any longer. The WiFi wasn’t working for the first hour of the flight. The flight attendant got really annoyed when we didn’t look up when he came by with beverages the first time. We all had headphones on and were looking at our personal screens. The activity by the rest room was constant so we didn’t notice it wasn’t just someone waiting for the loo. The luggage took so long to come out I thought my conference would be over before I got it. Overall, I thought it was bad and confirmed why I don’t fly United. Old, dingy planes, poor service. The pilot was pleasant and communicative so there was at least that...

BIL
DEN
Good 7,3

Cons: Nothing all was good

Fri, Nov 29
SFO
San Francisco
CPT
Cape Town Intl
33h 10m
Sun, Dec 8
CPT
Cape Town Intl
SFO
San Francisco
35h 10m
R12 581
Trip: 10 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 726 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ZRH
SFO
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Customer service

Cons: Snacks

GVA
OPO
Excellent 9,3

Pros: Again staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cons: That since it was a shorter flight no tvs.

JFK
ZRH
Good 7,3

Cons: The seats are small with very little leg room

ORD
ZRH
Excellent 9,0

Pros: Service was excellent

Cons: Carry on baggage size misleading

LAX
ZRH
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Liked the time of the flight.

Cons: It left late.

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