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London to Johannesburg flights

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Departure Wed, 03 Feb Return Wed, 10 Feb
LON London
JNB Johannesburg
return from £380
Departure Tue, 16 Feb Return Fri, 19 Feb
LON London
JNB Johannesburg
return from £389
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Currency and price comparison
Exchange rate
1.00 GBP = 20.56 ZAR
British Pound Sterling South African Rand
1 ZAR = 0.05 GBP
Last checked on 25 January 2021
Local, one-way ticket

Trains in Johannesburg are 40% cheaper than in London.

Mid-priced restaurant

A meal in Johannesburg is 52% cheaper than a meal in London.

Standard daytime start rate

A taxi fare in Johannesburg is 60% cheaper than in London.

Regular cappuccino

Coffee in Johannesburg is 54% cheaper than in London.

London airports
  • ( Heathrow (LHR)
    How far from city centre: 14 miles
  • ( Gatwick (LGW)
    How far from city centre: 25 miles
  • ( Stansted (STN)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ( Luton International (LTN)
    How far from city centre: 27 miles
  • ( Southend (SEN)
    How far from city centre: 35 miles
  • ( London City (LCY)
    How far from city centre: 7 miles
Johannesburg airports
  • ( OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
    How far from city centre: 1 miles
  • ( Lanseria Intl Apt (HLA)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ( Rand (QRA)
    How far from city centre: 8 miles
  • ( Grand Central (GCJ)
    How far from city centre: 4 miles
K Distance: 5635 miles

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Useful information for the flight from London to Johannesburg

How long is the flight from London to Johannesburg?

The trip duration on a direct flight path from London to Johannesburg is about 11 hrs 15 minutes.

What are the most common stopovers?

Possible stopovers on a flight to Johannesburg include Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, Addis Ababa, and Cape Town.

What documentation do I need to fly to Johannesburg from London?

A valid passport is required for your entry into South Africa. For many nationalities including the UK, visa-free entry is granted for stays up to 90 days.

Is there a time change from London to Johannesburg?

London is on Greenwich Mean Time (UTC), which is 2 hours behind Johannesburg's South African Standard Time (UTC+2).

Which airlines fly from London to Johannesburg?

Several airlines provide cheap flights between London and Johannesburg, including:

  • British Airways, the country's national air operator
  • Virgin Atlantic, a British airline based in Crawley
  • South African Airways, the flag carrier airline of South Africa
  • Air France, the French flag carrier
  • Lufthansa, the largest German airline

How to find cheap flights from London to Johannesburg

The easiest way to find discount airfares from London to Johannesburg, and domestic flights in Johannesburg once you arrive, is to use Opodo’s powerful, easy-to-use search engine. The ability to filter your choices by airports, airlines, schedules and many other options allows you to find the best and cheapest times to book a ticket. Opodo will display a large number of results in just a few seconds, and you can even find special last-minute deals if you scroll further down.

When are the best times to fly from London to Johannesburg

  • March to May are some of the best times to travel to Johannesburg. The weather is still relatively warm and dry and crowds begin to decrease, making this a great time for city breaks and other outdoor-oriented trips.
  • September to December are some of the cheapest times to go to Johannesburg. This is part of the low season, and spring means that temperatures are warming.

Airports in London

London has four airports providing direct and connecting flights to Johannesburg: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport, and London City Airport.

Useful information about Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is located 15 miles west of Central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - Piccadilly line to Heathrow terminal stations, about 45 minutes.
  • By taxi - about 1 hour.
  • By bus - National Express, runs every 15-30 minutes from Central London.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi access 24 hours a day, baby care facility, outdoor smoking areas, cafes, duty-free shops, restaurants, numerous pubs and bars.

Useful information about Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is located near Crawley, 29 miles south of Central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - Gatwick Express from Victoria station in Central London, runs every 15 minutes.
  • By taxi - 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • By bus - easyBus offers airport transfers from London Victoria Coach Station, runs every 15 minutes.

Services: open 24/7, 90 minutes free Wi-Fi access, baby changing facilities, kids zones, airport lounges, and a number of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Useful information about London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is located 42 miles north-east of Central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - Stansted Express from London Liverpool Street station, departs every 15 minutes.
  • By taxi - 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • By bus - National Express coaches run 24 hours.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi service, lounges, shopping, prayer rooms, restaurants and cafes

Useful information about London City Airport

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - DLR trains, every 8 to 15 minutes, journey time 7 minutes from Canning Town Underground interchange.
  • By taxi - 28 minutes.
  • By bus - Buses 473 from Stratford and 474 from Canning Town.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi access in the terminal building, lounges, shopping areas, designated smoking areas, bars and eateries.

Airports in Johannesburg

Johannesburg has one main airport with international departures and arrivals: O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Useful information about O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport is Africa's busiest airport, located in Kempton Park, 17 miles from Johannesburg.

How to get from the airport to the city:

  • By train - Gautrain, service to central Johannesburg, intervals 12 minutes apart.
  • By taxi - 24 minutes.
  • By bus - various private express bus services serving central Johannesburg.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi access, foreign exchange, retail and duty-free shopping.

What to do and visit in Johannesburg

  • Walk through ultra-modern Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.
  • Visit Lion & Safari Park, or Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park.
  • Have a grand time at the Gold Reef City amusement park, and visit the neighbouring Apartheid Museum.
  • Spend a day at Lesedi Cultural Village.
  • Take a tour through the historic Soweto township.

Frequent asked questions about flights from London to Johannesburg

😷 Is it safe to travel from London to Johannesburg during the Covid-19 situation?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions South Africa may apply when travelling from London. Is your flight cancelled? We've got your back! With our flexible ticket guarantee you can decide if you want to book another flight - free of rebooking fee - or get a full refund!
🔍 How can I find cheap flights from London to Johannesburg at Opodo?
The cheapest price for a flight from London to Johannesburg is 380£. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the best option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
💰 Is Johannesburg expensive to visit compared to London?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in Johannesburg costs an average of 1.20 GBP, 60% cheaper than London, with a fare of 3.00 GBP, while train tickets costs 49% less in Johannesburg: 1.44 GBP against 2.80 GBP in London. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 7.18 GBP in Johannesburg, 52% less than the 15.00 GBP in London. The price of the coffee is around 55% cheaper in Johannesburg, with an average of 1.36 GBP, while in London the coffee costs 3.01 GBP.
📉 When is the best time to book a flight from London to Johannesburg?
The most popular months to book a trip from London to Johannesburg are October, December and November, based on the searches of our customers.
📅 When is the best time to travel from London to Johannesburg?
The best time of the year to go to Johannesburg when flying from London depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, December is the top 1º month to fly to Johannesburg from London in terms of searches from our customer, followed by April and July. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period, June, May and March are the months with less volume of searchs for the route London -  Johannesburg.
🕑 How long does the flight take to go from London to Johannesburg?
The total flight time between London and Johannesburg is of around 15:13 hours on average, considering an average distance of 11,669 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in other cities in between).
🌡️ How is the weather in Johannesburg compared to London?
While in London the temperatures can reach an average of 29.01 ºC in summer, with precipitation levels up to 9.0 mm ,Johannesburg's temperatures can go up to 31.84 ºC during the hot season, with 6.0 mm average of rain rate . In winter, however, weather indicators show around -0.43 ºC in Johannesburg, compared to the -3.09 ºC average degrees reported in London. During the winter period, London can register 6.0 mm precipitation, while Johannesburg have an average of 0.9 mm rain level.
🛄 Which airports have flights between London and Johannesburg?
The main airport route flying between London and Johannesburg is: Heathrow (LHR) to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB). This route is covered by the following airline(s): Virgin Atlantic. South African Airways. British Airways.
✈️ Which are the airlines with flights from London to Johannesburg?
Airlines with direct flights departing from London to Johannesburg are Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and Kenya Airways.

OR Tambo International Airport - Latest customer reviews

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