The cheapest times to fly from SFO to NLA are

  • March 26th to July 15th (except the weeks of May 7th and June 11th)
  • August 13th to October 28th

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 NLA is mid October. Prices can be as high as $7051 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $1417 for Friday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to Ndola

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Ndola (NLA) will usually cost between $1678 to $5808 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $2239. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $4728. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2489 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2805 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to NLA flight.

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

SFO to NLA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to NLA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Friday is usually the cheapest day to fly to NLA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. 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 $769 (20%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Friday and returning a week later will cost an average of $2465. Return trip prices are from the NLA 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 NLA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 56 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 SFO to NLA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Lubumbashi International Airport (FBM) in Lubumbashi

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from NLA
  • Usually 29.55% less expensive than NLA
  • 2-layover flights available

See SFO to FBM flights


Flight Hacking SFO to NLA

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 SFO to NLA — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1210
  • Average savings: $1596 (56.88%)

See SFO to JNB flights

Hack #2: Nairobi (SFO > NBO > NLA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1497
  • Average savings: $1308 (46.63%)

See SFO to NBO flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (SFO > JFK > NLA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1619
  • Average savings: $1187 (42.3%)

See SFO to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, South African, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9972 miles or 16048 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to NLA flight is about 18 hour 56 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from SFO to NLA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code NLA
Destination airport name Ndola Airport
City Ndola
Country Zambia
Latitude -13
Longitude 28.7


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