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The largest city in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Durban is the third most populated city in the country after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Famous for being the busiest port in the country, it’s also a major tourist center because of its subtropical climate and many beaches and was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities in 2015. Home to the largest concentration of people of Indian heritage outside India, it has an Asian feel, with the streets and marketplaces of the Indian area echoing its cultural history. The city’s Golden Mile is also a prime destination for families, surfers, and fishermen.
Flying to Durban
1. Which Airports serve Cape Town to Durban?
Cape Town International Airport is the second busiest in South Africa and the third busiest in Africa. Located 12 miles from the city center, it offers both domestic and international flights and is the only airport in the area that offers scheduled passenger services. It offers flights to King Shaka International Airport, Durban’s main airport, located 36 miles to the north of the city – it took over from Durban International Airport in 2010.
2. Which Airlines operate flights from Cape Town to Durban?
There are daily direct flights from Cape Town to Durban by a variety of carriers to suit all budgets, including Safair, British Airways, Comair Ltd, South African and Mango.
3. How long is the flight?
The average direct flight from Cape Town to Durban is 1 hour and 59 minutes, and the most popular connecting city when flying there is Johannesburg.
4. Climate changes between Cape Town and Durban
There is very little difference in climate between Cape Town and Durban, so travelers don’t have to worry about planning for unfamiliar weather. The hottest month in both cities in February, with an average temperature of 73ºF in Cape Town and 77ºF in Durban. The coldest month is June, with an average of 55ºF in Cape Town and 64ºF in Durban. However, as far as rainfall is concerned, July is the wettest month in Cape Town with an average of 100 mm of rain, and in Durban, it’s January with an average of 130 mm of rain.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
The documentation required to fly between Cape Town and Durban is the same for all domestic internal flights, and the currency is the same, so it’s an easy route to take. Durban ranks third in the 20th Mercer Quality of Living Survey, partly because of its unique cultural mix and cuisine, excellent infrastructure and all-year-round warm weather.
The port city of Cape Town sits on South Africa’s south-west coast on a peninsula beneath Table Mountain. Its cable cars take visitors to the top for sweeping views of the city, harbor and Robben Island, the prison that once held Nelson Mandela and is now a living museum. Durban had a major makeover leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now has a revamped waterfront. Known for its African, Indian and colonial influences, attractions include uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium; the Durban Botanic Gardens; and the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Cape Town to Durban Last modified: Mar 24, 2023 13:49 -04:00
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How far in advance should I book tickets from Cape Town to Durban?
The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Cape Town to Durban.
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|7-14 days||R3 117||R4 312|
|14-21 days||R3 225||R3 986|
|21-30 days||R2 935||R4 312|
|30-60 days||R2 392||R3 008|
|60-90 days||R2 392||R3 153|
|90+ days||R2 718||R3 660|
Cheapest Day To Fly from Cape Town to Durban
We've examined 184 663 716 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Cape Town to Durban is Sunday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.
Compare Flight Prices from Cape Town to Durban by Month
Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Cape Town to Durban flights.
|Month||Origin||Destination||Carrier||Depart Date||Return Date||Stops||Price|
|March||Cape Town||Durban||Cemair||2023/03/23||2023/03/25||0||R2 573|
|April||Cape Town||Durban||Safair||2023/04/29||2023/05/03||0||R2 627|
|May||Cape Town||Durban||Safair||2023/05/15||2023/05/20||0||R2 537|
|June||Cape Town||Durban||Multiple Airlines||2023/06/26||2023/07/10||0||R2 809|
|July||Cape Town||Durban||Multiple Airlines||2023/07/29||2023/07/31||0||R2 718|
|August||Cape Town||Durban||FlexFlight||2023/08/14||2023/08/17||0||R2 809|
|September||Cape Town||Durban||FlexFlight||2023/09/02||2023/09/04||0||R2 682|
|October||Cape Town||Durban||FlexFlight||2023/10/27||2023/10/30||0||R2 718|
Cheap Last Minute Flights from Cape Town to Durban
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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Cape Town to Durban
Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.
The average price for connecting flights from Cape Town to Durban is R3 751.
The average price for direct flights from Cape Town to Durban is R3 062.
The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Cape Town to Durban.
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One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Cape Town to Durban
We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Cape Town to Durban. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.
The average price for one way flights from Cape Town to Durban is R1 522.
The average price for round trip flights from Cape Town to Durban is R2 990.
Cape Town to Durban Flight Questions
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Cape Town to Durban Airports
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