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Cheap flights to Johannesburg for 2022

Discover special fares and flight deals to Johannesburg from Australia.

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Many travellers, enchanted by South Africa's natural beauty, say it's one of those places they'd happily return to again and again. The main reasons are for its landscape, nature and wildlife. Johannesburg is the main getaway to Kruger National Park and there are several more parks within reach. A visit to South Africa's largest city and financial hub is as exciting for the vibrancy and shopping as it is humbling for learning about South Africa's past.

Though South Africa may not be as popular of a travel destination as Eur ope and the United States, the flight time to South Africa is more reasonable, especially with direct flights from Sydney and Perth.


Worldwide flights from $1,779 return

Expires 6 Jul 2022
Available on select flights in 2022. Destinations include Athens, Dublin, London, Manchester and more. Sample fare is Perth-Dubai.

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How long is the flight to Johannesburg from Australia?

  • From Sydney: Approximately 14 hrs 10 mins + when flying direct to Johannesburg Oliver Tambo International Airport
  • From Perth: Approximately 10 hrs 10 mins + when flying direct to Johannesburg Oliver Tambo International Airport
  • From Melbourne: Approximately 15 hrs + when flying direct to Johannesburg Oliver Tambo International Airport
  • From Brisbane: Approximately 14 hrs 50 mins + with one stopover, landing at Johannesburg Oliver Tambo International Airport

Which airlines fly to Johannesburg from Australia?

  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • Virgin Australia

When's the best time to book Christmas flights to Johannesburg?

Plan to book your flights to Johannesburg three to six months in advance to score the best airfare deals. You'll be ahead of the game and can snatch up those bargain prices before airlines push their fares up.

You can snag the hottest price of the month when departing on 4 December, with the rest of the first week of December showing budget-friendly departure prices also.

Catch a return flight home for Christmas on 30 December and your wallet will be happy or choose to spend New Year's in Africa and still find a great price to return on 2 January.

Johannesburg insider flight tips

  • Virgin Australia and South African Airways offer daily direct flights to Johannesburg from Australia flying out of Perth. Qantas also offers daily flights, except for Monday and Wednesday, flying out of Sydney. When flying or connecting through Perth, the flight to Johannesburg is just over 11 hours. Other major airlines fly via Asia and the Middle East if you prefer a journey with two even legs.
  • If you’ve found flights with a codeshare arrangement, such as South African Airways operated by Qantas, check both the Qantas website and the South African Airways website as one could have a cheaper fare.
  • Low-cost national carriers Mango, kulula and Safair run domestic flights in South Africa. It can be cheaper to book outbound and return legs separately, with Saturday afternoon travel tending to be the cheapest. Make sure you know which airport you are landing in since Johannesburg also has a second airport, Lanseria (HLA).
  • If flying with a child who is under 18, new regulations mean that you must carry their passport and a full (unabridged) birth certificate, or a copy certified in the last three months, in order to board the plane. If you are travelling as a single parent or guardian, you will need additional documents. The Australian government website Smartraveller has further advice.

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