The cheapest times to fly from TYS to CPT are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 9th to May 27th
  • September 3rd to October 28th (except the week of October 15th)
  • November 12th 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 TYS to CPT is late April. Prices can be as high as $3622 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1445 for Tuesday flights around late April.


When to Fly to Cape Town

Flying from Knoxville, TN (TYS) to Cape Town (CPT) will usually cost between $1456 to $2043 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late April with an average ticket price of $1462. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2604. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1141 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1532 can be considered a good price for a round-trip TYS to CPT flight.

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

TYS to CPT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the TYS to CPT flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Knoxville. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, 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. 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 $153 (9%) 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 $1608. Return trip prices are from the CPT to TYS 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 TYS 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 41 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking TYS 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 TYS to CPT — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1061
  • Average savings: $471 (30.72%)

See TYS to JFK flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1180
  • Average savings: $352 (22.95%)

See TYS to BOS flights

Hack #3: Atlanta, GA (TYS > ATL > CPT)

  • Price for both tickets: $1182
  • Average savings: $350 (22.85%)

See TYS to ATL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, American, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, South African, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Cape Town International Airport to McGhee Tyson Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8170 miles or 13148 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop TYS to CPT flight is about 15 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between Knoxville, TN and Cape Town?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from TYS to CPT.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeTYS
Origination airport nameMcGhee Tyson Airport
CityKnoxville, TN
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCPT
Destination airport nameCape Town International Airport
CityCape Town
CountrySouth Africa


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