The cheapest times to fly from RCB to OAK are

  • January 8th to May 13th (except the weeks of February 12th and April 9th)
  • May 28th to June 10th
  • July 2nd to July 29th

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 RCB to OAK is mid February. Prices can be as high as $5000 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $1441 for Monday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to Oakland

Flying from Richards Bay (RCB) to Oakland, CA (OAK) will usually cost between $1467 to $3317 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid February with an average ticket price of $1648. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $3200. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1553 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1955 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RCB to OAK flight.

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

RCB to OAK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RCB to OAK flight is more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Richards Bay. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, 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 to Oakland, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Richards Bay. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1214 (32%) 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 $1781. Return trip prices are from the OAK to RCB 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 RCB to OAK can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 20 hour 29 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 RCB to OAK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 11 miles (18 km) away from OAK
  • Usually 29.36% less expensive than OAK
  • 2-layover flights available

See RCB to SFO flights


Flight Hacking RCB to OAK

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 RCB to OAK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (RCB > JNB > OAK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1381
  • Average savings: $575 (29.39%)

See RCB to SEA flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (RCB > SEA > OAK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1659
  • Average savings: $296 (15.14%)

See RCB to JNB flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (RCB > SFO > OAK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1793
  • Average savings: $162 (8.29%)

See RCB to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RCB to OAK? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Alaska, American, Delta, KLM, South African, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport to Richards Bay Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10832 miles or 17432 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RCB to OAK?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RCB to OAK flight is about 20 hour 29 minutes.

How many flights go between Richards Bay and Oakland, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from RCB to OAK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RCB
Origination airport name Richards Bay Airport
City Richards Bay
Country South Africa
Latitude -28.7
Longitude 32.1

Return Airport

Destination code OAK
Destination airport name Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
City Oakland, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.7
Longitude -122.2


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