Book Cheap International Flights to Johannesburg
Fly into the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, the economic epicentre of South Africa, with Cheap International Flights! Johannesburg is known as the gateway to Africa with the continent’s busiest international airport.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city and is located in the province of Gauteng – rich in political history and packed with cultural hotspots to explore. These include the township of Soweto, the newly restored and uber-hip neighbourhood of Maboneng, Nelson Mandela’s former residence, the Mandela House Museum, Constitution Hill and more.
Joburg is also packed to the brim with some of South Africa’s best restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels and also offers some of the best events and live entertainment to be found in the country.
International Airports in Johannesburg
OR Tambo International Airport is the city’s international gateway to the rest of Africa and the world, offering some of the cheapest flights to Europe, New York and London. As the busiest airport in Africa with a handling capacity of close to 28 million passengers annually, OR Tambo services a vast network of international destinations with direct flights to all continents across the globe, except for Antarctica!
Additionally, OR Tambo is a domestic hub for South Africa’s largest carrier, South African Airways, servicing many domestic destinations within South Africa.
International Flying times from Johannesburg
While flying times are subject to the type of aircraft used and whether you are on a direct flight or one with layovers, the following are popular cheap international flight destinations and their flying estimated travel times:
- Joburg to New York: 15 hours 5 minutes
- Joburg to Frankfurt: 10 hours 45 minutes
- Joburg to Amsterdam: 11 hours 35 minutes
- Joburg to Paris: 10 hours 35 minutes
- Joburg to London: 11 hours 25 minutes
- Joburg to Hong Kong 12 hours 50 minutes
Best Time to Book Cheap Flights to Johannesburg
South Africa’s spring and summer months from September to February are generally the best time to visit Gauteng. The weather is warm and steady, with a few Highveld showers here and there. This is, however, peak holiday season so the city can become overcrowded and this is when flights are the most expensive.
Autumn months from March to May are equally pleasant, if not a little cooler, with temperatures ranging from 16 – 23 degrees during the day. This is a quieter, less manic time of the year and flights into and out of Joburg are fairly reasonable.
The best and cheapest time to visit the city would have to be in the winter months from June to August, when the weather becomes very dry and cold, with temperatures plummeting to zero and below in some regions at night.
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in the City
Johannesburg is a city that has re-invented itself time and time again over the past few decades. With its fascinating political history, range of local cultures, it truly is an eclectic destination worth taking the time to discover:
Some of the top things you can expect to see include:
- Apartheid Museum
- Constitution Hill
- Neighbourhood of Maboneng
- Monte Casino
- Cradle of Humankind
- Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
- SAB World of Beer
- Hector Pieterson Museum
Getting To and From the Airport and Exploring Johannesburg
OR Tambo is serviced by the uber modern Gautrain, South Africa’s very own mass rapid railway transit system. The airport offers a transit terminal where you can board the Gautrain and it will take you into Sandton, Joburg’s main business and tourism district, where all major hotels, restaurants and shopping centres can be found. From Sandton, the Gautrain stops at surrounding areas, including the capital, Pretoria.
Getting around Joburg is equally as easy – the Gautrain offers stops at most popular destinations, while the city is highly navigable by hire car with a vast highway network system and plenty of clear sign posting. If you plan on hiring a car, be sure to stay alert and be vigilant at traffic lights and intersections, especially at night. Try not to leave valuable items on the front seat beside you while driving, and remove all valuable items from your hire car at night.
Food in Johannesburg
Joburg is a trendy, fast paced city and offers one of the most diverse dining scenes in South Africa. From inner-city revivals offering mind-blowing gastronomy to family-friendly favourites, Joburg offers a taste for everyone.
Some of the top restaurants to try in the city include the likes of: Roving Bantu Kitchen for delicious local fare with deep South African influence, Perron, voted best Mexican eatery, the Good Luck Club for truly sensational tastes of Asia, Café Patisse – one of Joburg’s top patisseries, Craft Bistro for simple, home-style favourites – the list truly goes on!
Fun and Interesting Facts about Johannesburg
- Though the city is over 120 years old, it is still one of the youngest major cities in the world
- There is only one city on the continent of Africa that is bigger than Joburg – and that is Cairo!
- Joburg is home to world’s biggest man-made forest, with over 10 million trees
- The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the largest hospital in the world with over 2,946 beds
- 40% of the planet’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered on the outskirts of Joburg at the site of the Cradle of Humankind.
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Cheap Flights to Johannesburg
International tourists visiting from Europe, the UK, Asia (most countries), Australia, the United States and South America (most countries) will not need a visitor visa to travel to South Africa.
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