The cheapest times to fly from RCB to SFO are

  • January 15th to March 25th
  • April 23rd to June 10th
  • October 29th to November 25th

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 SFO is late January. Prices can be as high as $3494 for Thursday flights during early August, or as low as $1216 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Richards Bay (RCB) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $1219 to $2350 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 $1240. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $2696. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1456 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1381 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RCB to SFO flight.

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

RCB to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RCB to SFO flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Richards Bay. 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. Thursdays 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 $343 (19%) 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 $1397. Return trip prices are from the SFO 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 SFO 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 30 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking RCB to SFO

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 SFO — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1219
  • Average savings: $162 (11.73%)

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Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African, SWISS, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10842 miles or 17448 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RCB to SFO flight is about 20 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Richards Bay and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 11 available flights from RCB to SFO.


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


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