The cheapest times to fly from SFO to FBM are

  • January 1st to March 18th
  • April 16th to May 6th (except the week of April 23rd)
  • August 6th to October 21st
  • November 26th to December 9th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SFO to FBM is late January. Prices can be as high as $6068 for Saturday flights during early to mid December, or as low as $1360 for Monday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Lubumbashi

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Lubumbashi (FBM) will usually cost between $1499 to $4369 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $1593. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid December, with an average price of $3654. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2061 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1976 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to FBM flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to FBM route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SFO to FBM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to FBM flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $863 (27%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1885. Return trip prices are from the FBM to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SFO to FBM can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 42 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SFO to FBM

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SFO to FBM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (SFO > JNB > FBM)

  • Price for both tickets: $1229
  • Average savings: $747 (37.79%)

See SFO to JNB flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (SFO > JFK > FBM)

  • Price for both tickets: $1506
  • Average savings: $471 (23.81%)

See SFO to JFK flights

Hack #3: Nairobi (SFO > NBO > FBM)

  • Price for both tickets: $1584
  • Average savings: $392 (19.84%)

See SFO to NBO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO to FBM? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, South African, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Lubumbashi International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9848 miles or 15849 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SFO to FBM?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to FBM flight is about 18 hour 42 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Lubumbashi?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from SFO to FBM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SFO
Origination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

Return Airport

Destination code FBM
Destination airport name Lubumbashi International Airport
City Lubumbashi
Country the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Latitude -11.6
Longitude 27.5


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