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The best prices from London to Cape Town Intl 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
£507 - £824
CPT
Temperature
19 - 29 °C
CPT
Precipitation
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

£507

From London to Cape Town Intl

One-way from

£318

One-way flight from London to Cape Town Intl

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?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Monday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

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

Users have found that booking a flight from London to Cape Town at least 37 days early can save you up to 4% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 37 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from London to Cape Town for as little as £600 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as £616 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

The best pricing can be found in the month of May. Prices to Cape Town from London average £594. You can even find prices in May for less than £594, as users have found deals to Cape Town from as low as £393. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Cape Town from London. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 38%.

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

It’s typically best to fly out from London to Cape Town at midday. Doing so could potentially save you 10% on the flight price compared to flying in the evening, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from London to Cape Town in September, October 2021

The best prices found for LON to CPT flights in September, October
29 Sep - 24 Nov
£409pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
7 Oct - 27 Oct
£412pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
7 Oct - 16 Oct
£414pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Turkish Airlines
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick

London to Cape Town 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cape Town from London found for this year
3 Dec - 5 Feb
£406pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
1 Nov - 8 Nov
£407pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
STN
London Stansted
29 Sep - 24 Nov
£409pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

Direct flights to Cape Town from London

Save time with London to Cape Town direct flight deals
7 Feb - 23 Mar
£485pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
1 Mar - 11 Mar
£498pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
24 Jan - 12 Feb
£501pp
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
24 Sep - 5 Nov
£422pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
21 Sep - 28 Sep
£432pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
STN
London Stansted
24 Sep - 4 Nov
£433pp
LHR
London Heathrow
KLM
 
1 STOP
CPT
Cape Town Intl
CPT
Cape Town Intl
KLM
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

One-way flights to Cape Town Intl from London

The cheapest one-way flights from London to Cape Town
15:15 - 08:45
Ethiopian Air
1 stop
15h 30m
LHR - CPT
Ethiopian Air
£318
Voliamo
17:00 - 09:45
Ethiopian Air
1 stop
15h 45m
LHR - CPT
Ethiopian Air
£319
Voliamo
15:15 - 08:45
Ethiopian Air
1 stop
15h 30m
LHR - CPT
Ethiopian Air
£322
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Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">London</span> to <span class="emphasized">Cape Town</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From London to Cape Town

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cape Town from London?

For a flight from London to Cape Town, you will be flying into Cape Town Intl. Cape Town Intl (CPT) is just 9.7 mi from the centre vof the city. Cape Town Intl is the only Cape Town airport and it handles 0 inbound flights from London per day. 17 airlines have flights to Cape Town Intl from London on a regular basis.

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.

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.

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 £500 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Cape Town for under £500. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Lufthansa for just £406, but on average you can expect to pay £413.

Are there direct flights from London to Cape Town for under £500 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Cape Town under £500. A good price for a direct flight from London to Cape Town is less than £513.

Are there last-minute flights available from London to Cape Town for under £500?

There are currently 20+ open flights from London to Cape Town within the next 7 days for less than £500.

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

Currently priced at £406, Lufthansa will fly you from London to Cape Town and back. In addition to Lufthansa, many other airlines offer competitively priced options for your trip. Search Cheapflights for deals from Turkish Airlines and Kenya Airways - these airlines can fly you to your destination from £412 and £418, respectively. Lufthansa is 31% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

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.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Cape Town, South Africa

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Cape Town from London?

Information is based on travel restrictions from London to Cape Town Intl

Most visitors from London need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Cape Town Intl.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from London must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Cape Town Intl.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from London are not required to quarantine after entering Cape Town Intl.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Do I need a test to fly back to London from Cape Town?

Returning to London from Cape Town Intl

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cape Town Intl must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to London.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Cape Town Intl are not required to quarantine after entering London.

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Alternative routes for London to Cape Town

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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 = R19.86
Average temperature for September in Cape Town
21.0 °C
Avg rainfall for September in Cape Town
44.0 mm

Airports servicing London

Gatwick (LGW)
Stansted (STN)
London City (LCY)
Luton (LTN)
Southend (SEN)

Airports servicing Cape Town

Top 10 airlines flying from London to Cape Town Intl

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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