Cheap flights from London to Cape Town

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The best prices from London to Cape Town are usually found in May or March, booked 48 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Monday and return on a Thursday

How to find the cheapest flight from
London (LON) to Cape Town (CPT)

LON - CPT
Price
£520 - £872
CPT
Temperature
19 - 29 °C
CPT
Rainfall
9 - 94 mm
Popular in December High demand for flights, 28% potential price rise
Cheapest in May Best time to find cheap flights, 17% potential price drop
Round-trip from £520 From London to Cape Town
One-way from £405 One-way flight from London to Cape Town
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly return from London to Cape Town?

Users have found that flying from London to Cape Town on a Friday typically leans towards higher prices. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t find a deal. Flexibility with other aspects of your flight can still land a great price for your trip.

How far in advance should I book a flight from London to Cape Town?

To save up to 17% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 45 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from London to Cape Town from £487 1-2 weeks out and tickets from £547 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from London to Cape Town?

May is one of the best times of the year to fly to Cape Town from London. Prices for May average £628 per person but you can even find prices for as low as £443. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a May flight can save you 39% on your journey compared to booking in May

When is the cheapest time to fly from London to Cape Town (LON - CPT)?

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from London to Cape Town is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are in the evening tend to be the most expensive. If a flight is in the midday is possible it can save you up to 10% on airfare.

Cheap flights from London to Cape Town in August, September 2020

The best prices found for LON to CPT flights in August, September
28 Aug - 13 Sep
£695pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LGW
London Gatwick
18 Aug - 7 Sep
£713pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LGW
London Gatwick
19 Aug - 27 Aug
£714pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LGW
London Gatwick

London to Cape Town 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cape Town from London found for this year
20 Nov - 23 Nov
£582pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
20 Nov - 23 Nov
£588pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
14 Oct - 21 Oct
£595pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LGW
London Gatwick

Direct flights to Cape Town from London

Save time with London to Cape Town direct flight deals
14 Jan - 28 Jan
£670pp
LGW
London Gatwick
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LGW
London Gatwick
11 Jan - 25 Jan
£671pp
LGW
London Gatwick
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LGW
London Gatwick
13 Jan - 1 Feb
£677pp
LGW
London Gatwick
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LGW
London Gatwick

One-way flights to Cape Town from London

The cheapest one-way flights from London to Cape Town
04:05 - 07:20
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
50h 15m
STN - CPT
Multiple Airlines
£310
Kiwi.com
04:05 - 07:20
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
26h 15m
STN - CPT
Multiple Airlines
£311
Kiwi.com
08:15 - 07:20
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
46h 05m
STN - CPT
Multiple Airlines
£314
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about London to Cape Town flights.

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From London to Cape Town

Telegraph Travel, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic – Cape Town scoops up awards from all the big-name travel guides. This South African port charms from the outset, laying out an activity-packed city sandwiched between flat-topped mountains and the wild Atlantic coast. But it’s not all about its looks. Cape Town also delivers shop-lined boardwalks, island museums, serene botanical gardens, plus a cable car that climbs right up to the top of Table Mountain. It’s little wonder that over 4 million visitors gravitate to this city each year. Best of all, getting to Cape Town from London is easy. Direct flights take off from Heathrow Airport daily.

Are flight prices decreasing from London to Cape Town due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both London and Cape Town for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

Can I find flights from London to Cape Town for under £600 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Cape Town for under £600. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just £577, but on average you can expect to pay £593.

Are there direct flights from London to Cape Town for under £700 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Cape Town under £700. A good price for a direct flight from London to Cape Town is less than £691.

Is London weather warmer or cooler than Cape Town?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 29 °C range in February. The weather in Cape Town is generally hotter than London's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long is the flight from London to Cape Town?

If you fancy flying direct, the travel time is 11 hours 30 minutes. Flights with a stopover usually last between 15 and 19 hours.

Which airlines operate flights from London to Cape Town?

British Airways flies direct, while KLM and South African Airways offer flights with stopovers. You could also book with two different airlines, e.g. fly to Johannesburg with Virgin Atlantic and continue your journey to Cape Town with South African Airways.

How frequent are flights between London and Cape Town?

Direct London to Cape Town flights run daily. Want a bit more choice? There are over 10 extra flight routes a day – they just include a layover.

Which airports serve London and Cape Town?

Heathrow Airport offers direct flights from London to Cape Town. Alternatively, book an indirect flight that takes off from London City Airport, Gatwick Airport or London Stansted Airport.

Which direct flight route between London and Cape Town is cheapest?

British Airways is the only airline that offers a direct flight to Cape Town at the moment. It usually flies from Heathrow Airport. A flight from London to Cape Town whisks you straight to one of the prettiest cities in South Africa. You could sip cocktails on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, learn about apartheid in the District Six Museum, browse artwork in the South African National Gallery, or catch a cable car up Table Mountain. Boulders Beach is within grabbing distance, too – home to a colony of African penguins. Weather-wise, Cape Town tends to get more sunshine than London for most of the year, with temperatures really rocketing up between October and April. Use our smart search engine to find cheap flights to Cape Town.

How long does is the flight from London to Cape Town?

A quick flight from London to Cape Town can take about 14h 15m. Austrian Airlines provides one of the quickest options available for as low as £451. Both multi-stop and direct flights can be found to your destination and back.

What are the cheapest airlines to flying from London to Cape Town return?

Flying on Lufthansa is currently your cheapest option to Cape Town, with prices starting at £446. Additional return tickets that might be worth considering are offered by Austrian Airlines and TAP AIR PORTUGAL, with the lowest prices starting at £451 and £458, respectively. You may be able to fly from London to Cape Town for 29% less than the average price by searching for these airlines.

Alternative routes for London to Cape Town

Destination information for Cape Town

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from London to Cape Town
Today's exchange rate
£1 = R22.45
Average temperature for August in Cape Town
19.0 °C
Avg rainfall for August in Cape Town
68.0 mm

Airports servicing London

Heathrow (LHR)
Luton (LTN)
Stansted (STN)
City (LCY)
Southend (SEN)

Airports servicing Cape Town

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