Book Cheap International Flights to Durban
Durban is not a city to be overlooked when travelling South Africa. Visit this stunning, tropical paradise with hundreds of cheap international flights into KwaZulu-Natal. Durban’s King Shaka International offers a growing flight network, including direct flights to London, Mauritius, the Seychelles and more!
Fly into Durban from Johannesburg with some the cheapest domestic flights on offer, while cheap international flights to London are also up for grabs.
Durban is a warm and welcoming cosmopolitan city with a never-ending, sandy coastline. Affectionately known as ‘Durbs’, this sunshine city is packed with an interesting political history and heritage, well known as boasting the largest concentration of people of Indian decent outside of India!
With its fine weather, beautiful outdoor scenery, growing cosmopolitan scene and incredible beaches and surfing hot spots, Durban welcomes you with arms wide open.
International Airports in Durban
Durban is home to King Shaka International Airport which was built to accommodate the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and is an important domestic hub of travel within South Africa. This airport services what is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ – three key routes between Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as other various routes across South Africa.
International Flying times from Durban
While flying times will depend on your route and whether it’s a direct flight or not, you can expect the following flying times from Durban:
- Durban to London: 14 hours 10 minutes
- Durban to Mauritius: 3 hours 50 minutes
- Durban to Seychelles: 5 hours 20 minutes
- Durban to Dubai: 8 hours 20 minutes
- Durban to Lusaka: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Durban to Addis Ababa: 6 hours 10 minutes
- Durban to Doha: 11 hours 10 minutes
- Durban to Istanbul: 12 hours 25 minutes
Best Time to Book Cheap International Flights to Durban
South Africa’s spring and summer months from September to February are generally extremely warm in Durban, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees on most days. Some may say this is the best time to visit Durban, but it can be uncomfortably humid and fairly rainy during this time. Peak summer time is also very busy, when travellers from Gauteng and northern parts of the country make their way to holiday by the seaside. Travel is naturally at its most pricey and congested during this time.
The autumn months from March to May are undoubtedly the best time to visit Durban, where the weather cools and the intense humidity dissipates. Days are long and sunny with temperatures ranging from 22 – 27 degrees.
Winter, from June to August, is also a good time to visit Durban, as this part of the country barely experiences a winter in comparison with other regions of South Africa. Out-of-season winter months offer some of the cheapest flights to and from Durban, with exception around the time of national school holidays in June.
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in the City
Durban is well known for its perpetually pleasant weather, and as such, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with surfers, cyclists and runners spoiled for choice. Some of the inner city’s top attractions include:
- Golden Mile beachfront promenade
- Ushaka Marine World
- Durban Botanic Gardens
- Moses Mabhida Stadium
- Durban Holocaust Centre
- Umhlanga beachfront promenade
- Umhlanga Village
- Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Food in Durban
Durban and KwaZulu-Natal is famous for its fantastic curries, thanks to its Indian heritage and culture. No visit to this seaside city is complete without sampling a ‘bunny chow’, a carved out half-loaf of bread filled delicious curry, or a traditional Durban curry with roti. But be warned, ‘Durbanites’ like it hot, so it’s best to choose the mild option!
Other than this, the city has seen a burst of new bars, cafes and trendy gourmet eateries to sample in popular areas such as Umhlanga, Umdloti and Morningside
Getting To and From the Airport and Exploring Durban
From the airport travellers have access to the King Shaka International shuttle bus service, which operates 7 days a week, transferring passengers to all main hubs and sections of the city. There are plenty of alternative private shuttle bus services which can be pre-booked before landing, or on the day upon your arrival.
Metred cabs are also available from the airport as well as car hire services.
Getting around Durban is simple with a hired car or by taxi, offering an excellent highway network and well sign posted layout. If you are hiring a car, remember to be vigilant at traffic lights and intersections, and don’t leave valuable belongings in your hire car overnight.
The Durban People Mover public bus is a tourist-oriented bus service which runs every 15 minutes along three different routes within the CBD and along the beachfront, connecting various attractions.
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Cheap Flights to Durban
If you are an international tourist visiting from the UK, United States, Australia, Asia (most countries), Europe or South America (most countries), you are exempt from applying for a visitor visa into South Africa.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Durban
- The world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, the Comrades Marathon, takes place in KZN
- The world’s tallest bungee swing is found at the Moses Mabhida stadium
- Durban is home to the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, with a skate park designed by Tony Hawk.
- Aliwal Shoal, just down the south coast from Durban, is considered as one of the world’s top diving sites
- Durban is one of the top surfing destinations in South Africa
- Durban is home to the fifth largest aquarium in the world and the biggest in Africa, Ushaka Marine world
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