The cheapest times to fly from SFO to JNB are

  • January 8th to March 25th
  • April 16th to June 3rd
  • August 27th to September 16th
  • October 29th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

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 JNB is late January. Prices can be as high as $1779 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $752 for Monday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Johannesburg

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Johannesburg (JNB) will usually cost between $752 to $1392 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 $752. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1490. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $739 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $812 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to JNB flight.

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

SFO to JNB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to JNB flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.05, 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 Johannesburg, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to San Francisco. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $125 (11%) 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 $839. Return trip prices are from the JNB 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 JNB can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 19 hour 58 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 33 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, South African, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10548 miles or 16975 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to JNB flight is about 19 hour 58 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from SFO to JNB.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSFO
Origination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeJNB
Destination airport nameOliver Reginald Tambo International Airport
CountrySouth Africa


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