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1. Posted by lionel (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

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Hi all,

I intend to vist South Africa next month. I will probably be visiting Cape Town and Johannesburg.

I would like to find out how to travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg?I know there are a few domestic airlines that fly between the cities. Does anyone know which airline is the cheapest? Or what is the best way to travel to Johannesburg?

Thanks a lot, people.


2. Posted by mgregory (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

Its simple really - Coming in - ALWAYS try and fly direct into Cape Town - NOT JHB then down - SAA etc make money hand over fist. As to internal flights there are budget airlines etc all selling e tickets.

Listing of these on under air section. JUST remember MANY cannot be changed and to book eraly and NON business times it will save you to travel mid morning, early afternoon and late at night

Best of luck


3. Posted by Brerrabbit (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

I agree with Mike.

Check out who have a special on at the moment between Cape Town and Jhb.

Have a good trip to Cape Town


[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum pleas. ]

4. Posted by Globerovers (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Several discount airlines in South Africa. Try Google. SAA is the most expensive.

5. Posted by lb30 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

SAA is the most expensive together with British Airways who also fly between Cape Town and Jhb. The other two that are cheaper and worth looking at are and 1Time airlines. (Do a google search to find their websites.)1Time is a paperless airline with all bookings done on line so are easy to book from overseas.

Cape Town has a lot more to offer than Jhb. It is more beautiful and much safer. I'm not convinced that you should start in CT and then go to Jhb. It would be little of an anti climax. I would suggest starting in Jhb and then flying to CT - you wont be disappointed. I have lived in both cities and really do suggest you plan on spending more time in Ct athan in Jhb. Ct is aimed at tourists while Jhb is a large sprawling city. If you need suggestions of activities and accommodation please shout. :-)


6. Posted by lionel (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Hi people,

Thanks for all the suggestions. Appreciate them.


7. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 11y or

Alternatives are bus travel, but I believe it takes about 18 hours by bus opposed to 2 hours by air.

Have a wonderful trip.

PS - Johannesburg is quite lovely really, just stay away from "Johannesburg" - stay in the Northern Suburbs.

8. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

As said, are very competitive if you book well in advance. I got a ticket from Cape Twon to J'burg for £30 which I thought was a bargain!

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10. Posted by kathbotha (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

SAA and BA will rip you off - another airline to try is Mango. So far they've been the cheapest I've seen