The cheapest times to fly from DTW to CPT are

  • January 8th to April 8th
  • April 23rd to May 20th (except the week of April 30th)
  • September 17th to October 7th
  • October 22nd 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 DTW to CPT is late January. Prices can be as high as $2367 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1049 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Cape Town

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Cape Town (CPT) will usually cost between $1127 to $1795 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 $1147. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1918. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $771 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1350 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to CPT flight.

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

DTW to CPT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to CPT flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CPT, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Cape Town, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $117 (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 $1369. Return trip prices are from the CPT to DTW 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 DTW to CPT can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 56 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DTW to CPT

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 DTW to CPT — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DTW > JFK > CPT)

  • Price for both tickets: $1022
  • Average savings: $328 (24.27%)

See DTW to JFK flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (DTW > BOS > CPT)

  • Price for both tickets: $1074
  • Average savings: $276 (20.41%)

See DTW to BOS flights

Hack #3: Baltimore, MD (DTW > BWI > CPT)

  • Price for both tickets: $1108
  • Average savings: $242 (17.9%)

See DTW to BWI flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Cape Town International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8302 miles or 13361 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to CPT flight is about 15 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Cape Town?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 66 available flights from DTW to CPT.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

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


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