The cheapest times to fly from CPT to SAN are

  • January 15th to March 25th
  • April 23rd to June 24th
  • October 22nd to December 2nd

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 CPT to SAN is early to mid February. Prices can be as high as $2538 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $1067 for Tuesday flights around early to mid February.


When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from Cape Town (CPT) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $1078 to $1654 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid February with an average ticket price of $1078. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2047. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $969 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1196 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CPT to SAN flight.

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

CPT to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CPT to SAN flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Cape Town. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday 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 $130 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1221. Return trip prices are from the SAN to CPT 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 CPT to SAN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 48 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from CPT to SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 7.78% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See CPT to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 1.17% less expensive than SAN
  • 2-layover flights available

See CPT to BUR flights


Flight Hacking CPT to SAN

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 CPT to SAN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Amsterdam (CPT > AMS > SAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1172
  • Average savings: $24 (2.01%)

See CPT to flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CPT to SAN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Cape Town International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9902 miles or 15936 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CPT to SAN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CPT to SAN flight is about 18 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Cape Town and San Diego, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 61 available flights from CPT to SAN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CPT
Origination airport name Cape Town International Airport
City Cape Town
Country South Africa
Latitude -34
Longitude 18.6

Return Airport

Destination code SAN
Destination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2


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