|October||Best time to beat the crowds (4% less expensive on average)|
|December||Most popular time to fly (12% more expensive on average)|
Average price of a return ticket
|$1,347||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
Good deal for a return ticket
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An average direct flight from Australia to South Africa takes 31h 46m, covering a distance of 10413 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - Cape Town with an average flight time of 45h 20m.
The cheapest ticket to South Africa from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $1,296. The most popular route is Melbourne to Cape Town Intl and the cheapest airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $1,963.
Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand & South African fly the most frequently from Australia to South Africa.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Johannesburg (48% of total searches to South Africa). The next most popular destinations are Cape Town (30%) and Durban (12%). Searches for flights to Hoedspruit (3%), Port Elizabeth (3%) and Phalaborwa (3%) are also popular.
There are several major international airports in South Africa, dotted across the country. The O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and Lanseria International Airport (HLA) both serve Pretoria and Johannesburg, the King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is located near Duban, and the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is about an hour out of Cape Town in Matroosfontein.
South Africa is a large country and the most efficient way to explore everything the country has to offer is to fly between the main centres. South Africa’s biggest airport is the O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg. From here you will be able to connect to many domestic flights all over the country, as well as explore the sites of one of South Africa’s major cities. However, the most centrally placed large city in South Africa is Bloemfontein, serviced by the Bram Fischer International Airport (BFN)
There is a wide range of airlines based in South Africa. South Africa’s major airline is South African Airways which also flies internationally. Due to the country’s historic ties with the UK, British Airways also has a strong presence in South Africa, particularly in Johannesburg. SA Express and SA Airlink also offer a range of flights throughout Southern Africa.
The most popular budget airline in South Africa for locals and tourists alike is Kulula. Often fondly referred to as the green dragon, it flies to many of South Africa’s major ports. The bright orange Mango Airlines is another good alternative, as is FlySafair, the budget airline owned by Safair. To help you get around South Africa, you can combine your flights with the various regional bus services including Greyhound, Intercape, and Baz Bus.
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