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The best prices from London to Cape Town are usually found in May or November, booked 39 days in advance, depart on a Tuesday or Monday and return on a Tuesday

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

All the information you need to plan the best LON to CPT flight in 2021: compare London to Cape Town flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cape Town.
LON - CPT
Price
£504 - £819
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, 15% potential price drop

Round-trip from

£504

From London to Cape Town

One-way from

£332

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 4% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 37 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 £596 1-2 weeks out and tickets from £612 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 £591 per person but you can even find prices for as low as £390. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December. Opting for a May flight can save you 38% 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. A flight at midday could potentially save you up to 10% on airfare.

Cheap flights from London to Cape Town in April, May 2021

The best prices found for LON to CPT flights in April, May
16 May - 29 May
£429pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
21 Apr - 20 May
£430pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
2 May - 18 Jun
£430pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Ethiopian Air
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Ethiopian Air
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

London to Cape Town 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cape Town from London found for this year
15 Jun - 30 Jun
£406pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
10 Jun - 30 Jun
£407pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
20 Nov - 16 Jan
£409pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Kenya Airways
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Kenya Airways
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

Direct flights to Cape Town from London

Save time with London to Cape Town direct flight deals
21 Sep - 12 Oct
£495pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
3 Oct - 24 Oct
£514pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
28 Sep - 19 Oct
£519pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow

Last-minute flights from London to Cape Town

Late deals on return flights to Cape Town from London, departing today and this week
30 Apr - 2 May
£484pp
LCY
London City
KLM
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
KLM
 
1 STOP
LCY
London City
25 Apr - 22 May
£490pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
26 Apr - 19 May
£498pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

One-way flights to Cape Town from Cape Town

The cheapest one-way flights from London to Cape Town
17:00 - 09:45
Ethiopian Air
1 stop
15h 45m
LHR - CPT
Ethiopian Air
£332
World Air Fares
02:30 - 17:40
Kenya Airways
2 stops
38h 10m
LHR - CPT
Kenya Airways
£341
Voliamo
17:35 - 05:30
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
58h 55m
LGW - CPT
Multiple Airlines
£346
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

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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.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from London to Cape Town Intl to control the spread of COVID-19?

Airlines globally have implemented additional safety measures to accommodate you. Etihad Airways is one of them. Some of the new policies that have been implemented to accommodate travellers flying from London to Cape Town Intl are improved sanitation, HEPA filters, mask requirements, socially-distanced seating (for a limited time), and pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms. Policies will vary by airline.

Which airlines flying from London to Cape Town Intl have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from London to Cape Town Intl that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are British Airways, Ethiopian Air, and Emirates. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

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 £431 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Cape Town for under £431. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Turkish Airlines for just £406, but on average you can expect to pay £425.

Are there direct flights from London to Cape Town for under £503 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Cape Town under £503. A good price for a direct flight from London to Cape Town is less than £560.

Are there last-minute flights available from London to Cape Town for under £503?

There are currently 20+ open flights from London to Cape Town within the next 7 days for less than £503.

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 13h 55m. KLM provides one of the quickest options available for as low as £466. 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 Turkish Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Cape Town, with prices starting at £406. Additional return tickets that might be worth considering are offered by Kenya Airways and Lufthansa, with the lowest prices starting at £411 and £421, respectively. You may be able to fly from London to Cape Town for 31% less than the average price by searching for these airlines.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from London to Cape Town one-way?

The cheapest airline one-way is Ethiopian Air, with whom users have recently found tickets for as low as £319. Check flights for Kenya Airways, as they currently have the next best price.

Alternative routes for London to Cape Town

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Cape Town

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from London to Cape Town.
Today's exchange rate
£1 = R19.83
Average temperature for April in Cape Town
25.0 °C
Avg rainfall for April in Cape Town
63.0 mm

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Airports servicing Cape Town

Top 10 airlines flying from London to Cape Town

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from London to Cape Town choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Condor
£635 £691 No cancel fee 76%
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Austrian Airlines
£565 £749 No cancel fee 78%
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Turkish Airlines
£548 £778 No cancel fee 77%
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Qatar Airways
£581 £817 No cancel fee 68%
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Malta MedAir
£568 £841 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Malta MedAir. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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RwandAir
£540 £843 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by RwandAir. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Etihad Airways
£677 £895 No cancel fee 75%
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South African
£631 £934 No cancel fee 78%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by South African. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Virgin Atlantic
£650 £936 No cancel fee 72%
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SWISS
£534 £952 No cancel fee 79%
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