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Flights to Johannesburg

With two direct, daily flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg your South African adventure couldn’t be closer.

  • We fly direct to Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) from London Heathrow (LHR)

  • Our Johannesburg flights run daily.

  • The flight time from London is approximately 11 hours

Discover Johannesburg

Most use Jo’burg as a starting point for a fantastic safari or beach holidays. But we love exploring this energetic city with its emerging hipster hubs, such as Braamfontein and Maboneng, a vibrant arts scene and some fabulous food and wine to boot.

Choose Economy Delight for extra legroom with its 34” seat pitch, so you can really stretch out on the 11-hour flight.

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Get in a flap

If you're feeling adventurous, you have to give ostrich riding a go. A short flight to George takes you to Oudstshoorn, the ostrich capital, where visitors experience a take-off with a difference. We've got more tips on seeing South African wildlife up close on our blog.

The Cradle of Humankind

Take an underground boat ride and travel the history of humankind. This fascinating attraction is built on the site where a two-million-year-old skull was found. Head to our blog for more tips on seeing all that Jo'burg has to offer.

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Explore the museums

The city centre is home to a diverse selection of museums detailing South African history. Tour the Constitution Hill Museum to see the notorious prison that held Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. Or for something totally different, visit the World of Beer.

Thrills and spills

Gold Reef City theme park offers action-packed fun if you’re travelling to Johannesburg as a family. Or try your luck at the casino and maybe that diamond in the mall could be yours. See our blog for more on Johannesburg's heart of gold.

Botanical garden

Escape the crowds at the Walter Sisulu National Park Botanical garden, just 30 minutes from Johannesburg. With 740 acres of wide open space, there’s plenty of room for a picnic rug. For more on South Africa's parks and reserves, see our blog.

Weather and local info

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport guide.

Johannesburg airport guide

Visa information

Visit our South Africa visa page, where you'll find useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

South Africa visa page

Local currency

The currency in Johannesburg is the South African Rand (ZAR).

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Local transport

Pre-booked taxis are the safest and easiest way to get to the airport and around the city.


In Johannesburg, the type M plug is used. The power supply is 230V/50Hz.

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Cabins and seats

Our seats have been carefully designed to help you fly in total comfort during the flight, no matter which cabin you're in. Find out how our Upper Class, Premium and Economy seats measure up.

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Whichever cabin you're travelling in, you'll enjoy exciting inflight entertainment and delicious food and drinks throughout the flight.

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