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High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
4%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$1856
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$1856
or less (round trip)

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The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl was found 86 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 27% 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 Intl Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl take?
An average nonstop flight takes 29h 08m, covering a distance of 10251 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Ethiopian Air ($888), Multiple Airlines ($913) and Turkish Airlines ($988).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Francisco and Cape Town Intl?
Yes.

Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Cape Town Intl (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$888
only
$888
Destination
Cape Town
$888
only
$888
Tue, Apr 24
SFO
CPT
32h 45m
Mon, May 7
CPT
SFO
32h 03m
Trip: 14 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 1531 reviews
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.5
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
IAD
ADD
Okay 5.6

Seats are delapidated and food is ok!

Crew were very good

ADD
ABJ
Excellent 10.0

The quality of the planes

The food

CPT
ADD
Mediocre 2.0

The services at the airport was terrible. The Booked me a flight with only a 30 minute layover. When I try telling the people before boarding the plane, big Norred me. When I told the flight attendant she said she would talk to the captain to see if there’s a way I could get a ride to my next plane so I wouldn’t miss it. That never happened. When we got off the plane no one at the airport would help us and when I was trying to run to my next terminal one of the officers at the airport told me to slow down because I wouldn’t miss the plane and I was fine. When I asked help with directions and told him I was afraid of missing my flight people laughed and walked away. When I finally found my terminal and got to it, my flight had already took off seven minutes prior. I absolutelyHated my experience flying with Ethiopian air. The seats are uncomfortable on the plane, not all the seats recline back the same level, and when I was eating dinner I decided to eat chicken since I can’t eat beef and halfway through the check in my stomach started her and I looked up the chicken and it was still pink inside.

GBE
ADD
Good 6.3

Crew

Airport facilities at Adis Ababa

ADD
SEZ
Excellent 10.0

friendliness of staff. special attention given to my 22 mo old granddaughter. adorable!

Sun, Apr 1
SFO
CPT
32h 35m
Tue, Apr 10
CPT
SFO
32h 03m
Trip: 10 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, May 20
SFO
CPT
32h 55m
Sun, Jun 3
CPT
SFO
32h 15m
Trip: 15 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 18051 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
7.9
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.9
ATL
IST
Good 7.6

Standard

Seats were cramped for an international, 10 hour flight

IST
JNB
Okay 5.3

Options for vegetarians were not really good.

JFK
IST
Excellent 8.3

I did like the food, very nice stuff.

I order some to help to find my gate for a another international flight,but no one came. For such long flight, definitely need to have sits with more space. Very hard to flight in such tight space

IST
RUH
Mediocre 2.0

Even though it’s only a 4 hours direct flight, They lost my baggage!!!

LAX
IST
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Nothing

Wed, Aug 1
SFO
CPT
40h 45m
Sun, Aug 19
CPT
SFO
33h 55m
$1711
Trip: 19 days
8.3ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 10756 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.6
Food
8.1
DXB
DFW
Excellent 9.6

Service, atmosphere

1st food was same as it was from Karachi to Dubai

BKK
HKG
Excellent 10.0

It was comfy, the crew seemed genuinely happy, and the food was good. Never going to complain about smoked salmon.

I didn't like that my connecting flight was with another airline

DXB
CGK
Good 6.6

in-flight staff were not polite, pushing past passengers without any word; such a disappointment as I expected much higher standard of service and courtesy. Nothing beats Singapore Airlines.

DXB
BOM
Excellent 10.0

Flights on time /comfy seats and crew

One particular airhostess was little rude ..too much wait time in Dubai

FLL
DXB
Good 7.3

The entertainment was comprehensive. I also liked the number of options for the complimentary beverages.

The economy seats are not as comfortable as advertised. The breakfast was good, but the chicken dinner was bland.

Sun, Aug 19
SFO
CPT
29h 55m
Mon, Aug 27
CPT
SFO
33h 35m
Trip: 9 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 1531 reviews
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.5
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ADD
ABJ
Excellent 10.0

The quality of the planes

The food

ADD
JNB
Mediocre 2.0

The whole thing was a disaster. I lost my connection flight due to incompetence from the Ethiopian airlines representative

CPT
ADD
Mediocre 2.0

The services at the airport was terrible. The Booked me a flight with only a 30 minute layover. When I try telling the people before boarding the plane, big Norred me. When I told the flight attendant she said she would talk to the captain to see if there’s a way I could get a ride to my next plane so I wouldn’t miss it. That never happened. When we got off the plane no one at the airport would help us and when I was trying to run to my next terminal one of the officers at the airport told me to slow down because I wouldn’t miss the plane and I was fine. When I asked help with directions and told him I was afraid of missing my flight people laughed and walked away. When I finally found my terminal and got to it, my flight had already took off seven minutes prior. I absolutelyHated my experience flying with Ethiopian air. The seats are uncomfortable on the plane, not all the seats recline back the same level, and when I was eating dinner I decided to eat chicken since I can’t eat beef and halfway through the check in my stomach started her and I looked up the chicken and it was still pink inside.

LOS
ADD
Good 6.3

I like that the bulkhead seats (typically where the baby bassinet is placed) have electrical outlets which I used to easily charge my phone; and that there is nice legroom space.

Economy is a bit tight; the bidding process for Cloud Nine (business class) has reduced the chance of passengers being upgraded for free especially as a means to reward frequent flyers, or help passengers with special needs/accommodations.

ADD
DUB
Good 6.0

the layover in Dublin was too long--longer than scheduled

Mon, May 28
SFO
CPT
32h 55m
Sun, Jun 10
CPT
SFO
32h 15m
$1044
Trip: 14 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 18051 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
7.9
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.9
IST
RUH
Mediocre 2.0

Even though it’s only a 4 hours direct flight, They lost my baggage!!!

IST
BOS
Mediocre 3.3

Priority boarding was messed-up - no queue discipline was even attempted by the gate staff. The business class seats were uncomfortable and not comfortable to sleep in. The footrest was not long enough and the feet were dangling in the air. The blanket and bedding was provided almost 3 hours after take-off Worst of all was baggage handling. Our luggage was severely damaged. The handle to the suitcases was torn off. In addition the bags and the contents were wet when we received them in Boston. IT had been raining in Istanbul and it seems the bags were left out in the open. I've been trying to get Turkish to repair the torn-off handles but I'm constantly hitting a wall. I have filed a claim but the support staff sends extremely brief denials with no explanation.

JFK
IST
Good 7.0

Total chaos during boarding..no organization

IST
JNB
Okay 5.3

Options for vegetarians were not really good.

ORD
IST
Excellent 10.0

2nd time with Turkish Airlines; no concerns. Everything handled timely and professionally.

Tue, Mar 6
SFO
CPT
29h 08m
Thu, Mar 22
CPT
SFO
34h 14m
Trip: 16 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 1531 reviews
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.5
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
LOS
ADD
Good 6.3

I like that the bulkhead seats (typically where the baby bassinet is placed) have electrical outlets which I used to easily charge my phone; and that there is nice legroom space.

Economy is a bit tight; the bidding process for Cloud Nine (business class) has reduced the chance of passengers being upgraded for free especially as a means to reward frequent flyers, or help passengers with special needs/accommodations.

ADD
ABJ
Excellent 10.0

The quality of the planes

The food

ABJ
ADD
Good 7.3

The crew on the ground could be more friendly and could improve their communication. Improvement needed on the food.

ADD
CPT
Good 6.0

It is an African airline so I am doing my best to support it. I am grateful I was allocated to a hotel for my long layover

I had a long layover in Addis and the hotel I was allocated to could improve its service. I was expected to be served breakfast in the morning. My flight was at 820 am There could be some improvement on food

GBE
ADD
Good 6.3

Crew

Airport facilities at Adis Ababa

Fri, Feb 23
SFO
CPT
31h 50m
Mon, Mar 12
CPT
SFO
35h 40m
$1094
Trip: 17 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Jul 24
SFO
CPT
32h 55m
Wed, Aug 22
CPT
SFO
32h 15m
$1095
Trip: 30 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 18051 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
7.9
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.9
ATL
IST
Excellent 10.0

New airplane good service good flight attendant depart on time

FCO
IST
Excellent 9.0

Typical short business class. Quality was still nice. Room to spread out and crew was accommodating

No priority boarding for business. And still no beverage service before take off (alcohol).

LAX
IST
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Nothing

IST
RUH
Mediocre 2.0

Even though it’s only a 4 hours direct flight, They lost my baggage!!!

FCO
IST
Good 7.0

Food and entertainment

They ran out of select drinks on the plane. Boarding was a pain!!! They had the longest security checks, and it was extremely chaotic. Seating was crowded.

Tue, Mar 6
SFO
CPT
29h 08m
Wed, Apr 4
CPT
SFO
33h 33m
$1098
Trip: 29 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 1531 reviews
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.5
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ADD
DUB
Good 6.0

the layover in Dublin was too long--longer than scheduled

ADD
ABJ
Excellent 10.0

The quality of the planes

The food

BLZ
DAR
Excellent 8.0

Amazingly smooth flight and landing.

CPT
ADD
Mediocre 2.0

The services at the airport was terrible. The Booked me a flight with only a 30 minute layover. When I try telling the people before boarding the plane, big Norred me. When I told the flight attendant she said she would talk to the captain to see if there’s a way I could get a ride to my next plane so I wouldn’t miss it. That never happened. When we got off the plane no one at the airport would help us and when I was trying to run to my next terminal one of the officers at the airport told me to slow down because I wouldn’t miss the plane and I was fine. When I asked help with directions and told him I was afraid of missing my flight people laughed and walked away. When I finally found my terminal and got to it, my flight had already took off seven minutes prior. I absolutelyHated my experience flying with Ethiopian air. The seats are uncomfortable on the plane, not all the seats recline back the same level, and when I was eating dinner I decided to eat chicken since I can’t eat beef and halfway through the check in my stomach started her and I looked up the chicken and it was still pink inside.

IAD
ADD
Okay 5.6

Seats are delapidated and food is ok!

Crew were very good

Mon, Jul 30
SFO
CPT
32h 55m
Wed, Aug 22
CPT
SFO
32h 15m
$1139
Trip: 24 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 18051 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
7.9
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.1
Food
7.9
IST
JNB
Okay 5.3

Options for vegetarians were not really good.

JFK
IST
Good 7.0

Total chaos during boarding..no organization

FCO
IST
Excellent 9.0

Typical short business class. Quality was still nice. Room to spread out and crew was accommodating

No priority boarding for business. And still no beverage service before take off (alcohol).

IST
BOS
Mediocre 3.3

Priority boarding was messed-up - no queue discipline was even attempted by the gate staff. The business class seats were uncomfortable and not comfortable to sleep in. The footrest was not long enough and the feet were dangling in the air. The blanket and bedding was provided almost 3 hours after take-off Worst of all was baggage handling. Our luggage was severely damaged. The handle to the suitcases was torn off. In addition the bags and the contents were wet when we received them in Boston. IT had been raining in Istanbul and it seems the bags were left out in the open. I've been trying to get Turkish to repair the torn-off handles but I'm constantly hitting a wall. I have filed a claim but the support staff sends extremely brief denials with no explanation.

ATL
IST
Excellent 10.0

New airplane good service good flight attendant depart on time

Fri, Jun 1
SFO
CPT
29h 25m
Thu, Jun 14
CPT
SFO
32h 16m
$1297
Trip: 14 days
6.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.9 Good
Based on 1531 reviews
Boarding
6.9
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.5
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ADD
JNB
Mediocre 2.0

The whole thing was a disaster. I lost my connection flight due to incompetence from the Ethiopian airlines representative

GBE
ADD
Good 6.3

Crew

Airport facilities at Adis Ababa

CPT
ADD
Mediocre 2.0

The services at the airport was terrible. The Booked me a flight with only a 30 minute layover. When I try telling the people before boarding the plane, big Norred me. When I told the flight attendant she said she would talk to the captain to see if there’s a way I could get a ride to my next plane so I wouldn’t miss it. That never happened. When we got off the plane no one at the airport would help us and when I was trying to run to my next terminal one of the officers at the airport told me to slow down because I wouldn’t miss the plane and I was fine. When I asked help with directions and told him I was afraid of missing my flight people laughed and walked away. When I finally found my terminal and got to it, my flight had already took off seven minutes prior. I absolutelyHated my experience flying with Ethiopian air. The seats are uncomfortable on the plane, not all the seats recline back the same level, and when I was eating dinner I decided to eat chicken since I can’t eat beef and halfway through the check in my stomach started her and I looked up the chicken and it was still pink inside.

ADD
ABJ
Excellent 10.0

The quality of the planes

The food

LFW
EWR
Excellent 9.3

Everything

No Wifi at Lome gate. I don't understand why there is no wifi in West African airports.

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San Francisco to Cape Town Intl Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Cape Town Intl
Flights Depart from San Francisco
Flight Price $888
Distance 10251 miles
Airlines Ethiopian Air, Turkish Airlines, Emirates
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