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San Francisco to Johannesburg flight information

Flights arrive in Johannesburg OR Tambo
Flights depart from San Francisco
Flight price R10 959
Distance 16 977 km
Airlines SWISS, Lufthansa

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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:
R21 154
(price for this month)
Good deal:
R18 407
or less return trip within
2 months
of travel is a good deal

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg

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 Johannesburg was found, on average, 43 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks 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 4% cheaper 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 Johannesburg Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Johannesburg take?
There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 27h 40m.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on SWISS (R10 959) and Lufthansa (R11 432)
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from San Francisco to Johannesburg?
For San Francisco to Johannesburg, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from Johannesburg back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Thursday being the most expensive.
Which airports will I be using when flying from San Francisco to Johannesburg?
When flying out of San Francisco you will be using San Francisco, often referred to as San Francisco Airport. You will be landing at Johannesburg OR Tambo, also known as Johannesburg Airport.
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Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Johannesburg (return)

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
R10 959
only
R10 959
Destination
Johannesburg
R10 959
only
R10 959
Tue, Feb 25
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 30m
Thu, Mar 12
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
29h 55m
R10 959
Trip: 16 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
GVA
JFK
Excellent 8,0

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

LAX
ZRH
Good 6,6

Cons: The plane was SO hot and stuffy. It was an overnight flight, so they passed out blankets—but it was so hot no one used them. The air was stale, to the point of feeling claustrophobic.

ZRH
BOS
Good 6,0

Pros: It was an okay flight. Nothing spectacular!

Cons: Shorter lay over Better entertainment choices The inflight charging was a joke, did not work in both sectors .

ZRH
WAW
Excellent 9,6

Pros: Flight left on time & arrived on time.

Cons: Quality of the snack could be improved.

CDG
ZRH
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Muy confortable, la amabilidad de los tripulantes

Cons: Nothing

Fri, Jan 10
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
27h 40m
Fri, Jan 31
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
27h 50m
R11 432
Trip: 22 days
8,0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,0 Excellent
Based on 26 463 reviews
Overall
8,1
Boarding
8,1
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
7,7
Food
7,6
CDG
FRA
Good 7,6

Pros: Crew was very friendly and attentive. Seats were very tight and uncomfortable, specially for a 6’3 tall person!

Cons: Boarding could be a little bit more organized

FRA
VNO
Good 7,0

Pros: The flight was on time

Cons: Long waiting for luggage

FRA
BHX
Good 6,0

Pros: The crew

Cons: More support

ORD
FRA
Good 6,0

Pros: There was no in seat power despite that being listed as an amenity. Also, there was no checked bag included in my flight, despite selecting that in my search for tickets.

Cons: In seat power for phone charging while flying transatlantic is extremely helpful. Ticket purchased was not as advertised.

JFK
FRA
Good 7,6

Pros: The crew was good and the food from Frankfurt to Abuja was good

Cons: The layover time was extremely too long and would even be longer during my return

Mon, Nov 11
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 30m
Sat, Nov 23
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
35h 50m
R11 142
Trip: 13 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
LAX
ZRH
Good 6,6

Cons: The plane was SO hot and stuffy. It was an overnight flight, so they passed out blankets—but it was so hot no one used them. The air was stale, to the point of feeling claustrophobic.

GDN
ZRH
Okay 5,3

Pros: Crew

Cons: My flight tickets were mess up and I had to purchase new tickets . Horrible

ORD
ZRH
Good 7,6

Pros: Coach seats were comfortable but if the person in front of you reclines, your video screen will be inches from your face and it becomes difficult to get out of your seat.

Cons: Crew was not particularly friendly....almost downright rude at times

ZRH
ATH
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: Actually making the flight

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...

Tue, Oct 29
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 30m
Thu, Nov 7
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
32h 20m
R11 172
Trip: 10 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ATH
ZRH
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Entertainment system is dated. Screens froze often, were not very touch sensitive and the sound was pretty bad (on mine, would only provide sound to one ear, so I had to turn up other bc of poor quality and ended up w a headache.) Also, bathrooms were gross; ran out of paper and floors were "soiled"

ZRH
BOS
Good 6,0

Pros: It was an okay flight. Nothing spectacular!

Cons: Shorter lay over Better entertainment choices The inflight charging was a joke, did not work in both sectors .

ZRH
CPH
Excellent 10,0

Pros: The crew was amazing

Cons: Flight was a bit delayed

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.

FCO
ZRH
Good 6,3

Pros: Ok

Cons: Flight was late

Wed, Dec 4
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 30m
Wed, Dec 11
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
32h 20m
R11 172
Trip: 8 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ZRH
JFK
Good 7,3

Pros: Crew was very friendly. Seats were decently comfortable - appreciated blanket and pillow for long haul flight.

Cons: Entertainment system is dated. Screens froze often, were not very touch sensitive and the sound was pretty bad (on mine, would only provide sound to one ear, so I had to turn up other bc of poor quality and ended up w a headache.) Also, bathrooms were gross; ran out of paper and floors were "soiled"

GDN
ZRH
Okay 5,3

Pros: Crew

Cons: My flight tickets were mess up and I had to purchase new tickets . Horrible

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.

ZRH
ORD
Excellent 9,0

Cons: Boarding was late and line was very lonf

ATH
ZRH
Okay 4,0

Pros: Crew was very accommodating.

Cons: Flight was overbooked which caused an hour delay.

Wed, Sep 4
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 15m
Wed, Sep 18
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
29h 35m
R11 554
Trip: 15 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
ATH
ZRH
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Entertainment system is dated. Screens froze often, were not very touch sensitive and the sound was pretty bad (on mine, would only provide sound to one ear, so I had to turn up other bc of poor quality and ended up w a headache.) Also, bathrooms were gross; ran out of paper and floors were "soiled"

ATH
ZRH
Okay 4,0

Cons: No entertainment. Food was bad.

ZRH
BOS
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Crew was great, seat comfortable, food was fine.

Cons: Check-in personnel didn't quite know how to deal with a Green Card holder. Passport check before boarding creates a mess.

ORK
ZRH
Excellent 8,6

Pros: Nice smooth flight. Also lovely to be offered a drink and food. Although the quiche is not great. Wasn’t nicer last year

Cons: Maybe just change the quiche. Very dry

JFK
ZRH
Okay 5,6

Pros: Swiss lost two checked bags for which we paid a supplement - while they’ve sent emails about them we still have yet to see the bags 36 hours later.

Cons: See above.

Sat, Aug 31
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 15m
Wed, Sep 11
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
29h 35m
R11 630
Trip: 12 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
JFK
ZRH
Excellent 8,6

Pros: I was in business class and it was great. The staff the food and the seats were awesome.

Cons: I booked through Kayak and when I arrived at the airport Swiss air had no seat available for me. I was forced to upgrade to ensure a seat.

ZRH
BOS
Excellent 10,0

Pros: Crew was great, seat comfortable, food was fine.

Cons: Check-in personnel didn't quite know how to deal with a Green Card holder. Passport check before boarding creates a mess.

ZRH
GVA
Excellent 8,0

Cons: Need more leg room

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.

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.

Sun, Oct 13
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
36h 05m
Wed, Oct 23
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
29h 35m
R11 768
Trip: 11 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
EWR
ZRH
Mediocre 2,0

Cons: Actually making the flight

ORK
ZRH
Excellent 8,6

Pros: Nice smooth flight. Also lovely to be offered a drink and food. Although the quiche is not great. Wasn’t nicer last year

Cons: Maybe just change the quiche. Very dry

GDN
ZRH
Okay 5,3

Pros: Crew

Cons: My flight tickets were mess up and I had to purchase new tickets . Horrible

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...

NAP
ZRH
Good 6,3

Cons: Not missing my connecting flight. Being flown to the correct airport. Not having my luggage go missing.

Wed, Sep 11
SFO
San Francisco
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
28h 15m
Wed, Sep 18
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
SFO
San Francisco
29h 35m
R11 905
Trip: 8 days
8,1ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8,1 Excellent
Based on 8 522 reviews
Overall
8,2
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
7,9
Crew
8,7
Entertainment
7,8
Food
7,9
FCO
ZRH
Good 6,3

Pros: Ok

Cons: Flight was late

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.

MUC
GVA
Excellent 9,0

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

Cons: No entertainment throughout

ZRH
MXP
Mediocre 2,0

Pros: Officers in the airport are rude and offensive, racial discrimination.

Cons: Change their employees, arrogant, not professional

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.

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