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Today's best flight offers to Johannesburg

Looking for cheap flights to Johannesburg? Netflights.com searches the world's greatest airlines to give you the best price. Set your sights on South Africa's largest city with a wide range of services departing from all major UK airports, there's never been a better time to visit the Rainbow Nation. Fly to Johannesburg from the UK by simply clicking the buttons below.

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Destination Johannesburg

It may prove cheaper to take a connecting service from London, in which case you'll be looking at a stop in a country such as Ethiopia. If you can secure a total journey time in the region of 15 hours then you will be doing well.

Johannesburg – known to locals by a number of nicknames including Jo’burg and Jozi – is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, although it is the country’s biggest and the seat of the Constitutional Court. One of the most important attractions in Johannesburg is Constitution Hill, which is housed within the ramparts of an old fort and prison that counts Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among its former inmates.

As well as learning about modern South Africa at Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum paints the picture of the struggles the country went through during its period of segregation and oppression. Continue on the education front at Museum Africa in Newtown or Soweto’s Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.

Kruger National Park lies just 250 miles from Johannesburg, a journey that can be done in around four hours by road or a quick one hour flight. An absolute must for nature lovers, the park offers visitors the opportunity to see some of the planet’s most wonderful wildlife, learning about conservation efforts in the process.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Johannesburg?

The cheapest time to fly to Johannesburg is during their off-season in autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November). Temperatures during these months tend to be pleasant, warm and dry. Johannesburg’s summer season takes place from December to February and brings with it large crowds and higher prices. June to August, the city’s winter, is also considered peak season, as students are out of school and many people go on holiday. When planning your trip, it is important to keep in mind that Johannesburg is in the Southern Hemisphere; seasons are the opposite of those in the U.K. and the Northern Hemisphere.

When is the best time to book your flight to Johannesburg?

It is best to book flights to Johannesburg as early as possible. To get cheap prices on flights, plan to book up to two months ahead of time. Flying out on a Tuesday or a Wednesday is generally cheaper than leaving on a Saturday.

Johannesburg Airport

The Johannesburg Airport, also known as the O. R. Tambo International Airport, is Africa’s busiest airport and is located approximately 14 miles (22.5 kilometres) east of Johannesburg. British Airways, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African Airlines and Virgin Atlantic all fly from the U.K. to this airport.

Getting around the airport

There are two terminals at Johannesburg Airport. Terminals A and B are both used for international flights, although Terminal B is mainly reserved for domestic flights. Most international check-in counters can be found in Terminal A. The ground floor contains arrivals, passport control, baggage claim and customs. The departure hall is located on the second floor. Both terminals are connected by walkways, making transfers between the two easy and quick.

Which airports in the U.K. operate flights to Johannesburg?

All nonstop flights (and a few indirect flights) to Johannesburg depart from London’s Heathrow Airport. Other airports, such as Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Airport offer indirect flights that require at least one or more stops along the way.

What airlines fly to Johannesburg?

Only British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic provide nonstop flights to Johannesburg from Heathrow Airport.  Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, on the other hand, all require stopovers or transfers between airlines.

How long is the flight to Johannesburg from the U.K.?

Flights to Johannesburg from the U.K. take at least 11 hours when departing from Heathrow Airport in London. The distance between the two countries is approximately 5,635 miles (9,069 kilometres). From airports likes Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport, flights can take at least 13 hours, depending on the number of stopovers and airline transfers.

How many flights per day fly from the U.K. to Johannesburg?

There are five nonstop flights from the U.K. to Johannesburg per day that depart from Heathrow Airport. Indirect flights are more frequent; several are available every day.

Getting to the city from Johannesburg Airport

The Johannesburg Airport provides bus, train, taxi and limo services to help travellers easily reach the city centre. Public buses are located just outside the international and domestic terminals. Five city bus lines stop by the airport. Recognisable by their yellow taxi lights, a taxi can reach the city in 30 to 45 minutes. Another option is the Gautrain, a mass rapid transit railway system, that can be found in the upper areas of Terminals A and B. Located between the two terminals, car hires are available from companies like Capital Car Hire, Europcar and Hertz. For those who choose to drive, the airport and the city are connected by motorway R24.

Getting around the airports

Johannesburg airport make travelling comfortable and easy with several amenities. These include Wi-Fi service, A.T.M.s and banks, currency exchanges, religious facilities, information kiosks, restaurants and shops and public toilets. Both international and domestic terminals have shops where mobile phone rentals are available. Located on level one, A.T.M.s are in the public concourse of the international terminal and the shopping concourse of the domestic terminal.

Don’t forget before you fly

When visiting Johannesburg, U.K. citizens do not need a visa for business or tourism reasons for stays under 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after the date of planned departure. Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 will need to provide the unabridged birth certificate for each child; no other documents will be accepted. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements.