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Exclusive Information to Help You Book Your London to Johannesburg Flight

Exploring the world is meant to be magical, but sometimes booking travel can get in the way of that. With 27 airlines, and 892 flights available each week, finding the best available flights to Johannesburg might feel like a chore.

There are many airports in the area to book your flights from London to Johannesburg. The most popular airports to fly from are:

  • Heathrow (LHR)
  • Gatwick (LGW)
  • London City (LCY)

You can touch down at any of these popular airports in Johannesburg to save time and money:

  • O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
  • Lanseria (HLA)

We want you to travel on your own terms. That way, when your flight arrives in Johannesburg you are ready to be amazed by the spectacular sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer.

27 airlines offer cheap flights from London to Johannesburg. What are some of the most popular?

Out of the 27 airlines interested in helping you break free from your everyday routine with a cheap flight from London to Johannesburg, some of the most popular operating in the London area are:

  • Flights from Heathrow (LHR) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • British Airways
    • Lufthansa
    • Qatar Airways
  • Flights from London City (LCY) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • British Airways
    • Swiss International Air Lines
    • Lufthansa
  • Flights from Gatwick (LGW) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • Qatar Airways
    • Turkish Airlines
    • Air Europa

What airlines fly from London to Johannesburg most frequently?

Below you will find the airlines flying from London area airports to Johannesburg most often. Larger airports and airlines with more frequent flights on a route tend to have more available seats, though flying out of a smaller airport may be more affordable.

  • Heathrow (LHR) - O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • British Airways - 115 flights per week from LHR to JNB
    • Lufthansa - 38 flights per week from LHR to JNB
    • Qatar Airways - 21 flights per week from LHR to JNB
  • London City (LCY) - O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • British Airways - 20 flights per week from LCY to JNB
    • Swiss International Air Lines - 8 flights per week from LCY to JNB
    • Lufthansa - 4 flights per week from LCY to JNB
  • Gatwick (LGW) - O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • Qatar Airways - 4 flights per week from LGW to JNB
    • Turkish Airlines - 4 flights per week from LGW to JNB
    • Air Europa - 3 flights per week from LGW to JNB

What London area airports offer flights to Johannesburg every week?

Every week, there are over 892 flights from London to Johannesburg flown by over 27 different airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, and others. Find more details below:

  • Heathrow (LHR) has 708 flights to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB) per week.
  • London City (LCY) has 140 flights to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB) per week.
  • Gatwick (LGW) has 44 flights to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB) per week.

How long is a direct flight from London to Johannesburg?

A direct flight from London to Johannesburg usually takes around 13 hours to cover the 5,734 mile distance. The longest flights on this route typically take 16 hours, 45 minutes, and on average that is 14 hours, 52 minutes.

What is the earliest and latest flight available from London to Johannesburg?

  • Flight from Heathrow (LHR) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • First departing flight of the day: 06:05 PM
    • Earliest arrival: 07:05 AM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 09:25 PM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 10:15 AM
  • Flight from London City (LCY) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • First departing flight of the day: 07:15 AM
    • Earliest arrival: 07:25 AM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 06:35 PM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 09:20 PM
  • Flight from Gatwick (LGW) to O.R. Tambo Intl. (JNB)
    • First departing flight of the day: 03:25 PM
    • Earliest arrival: 08:20 AM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 08:10 PM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 03:25 PM

Top tips on flights from London to Johannesburg

The crowning glory of South Africa’s prestigious gold trade is less than 12 hours away, thanks to the number of direct flights available from London to Johannesburg. As you begin your descent into O. R. Tambo Airport, catch your first glimpse of the mineral-rich Witwatersrand hills that provide a natural cradle for this glittering city. An enticing mix of heritage and hi-tech, Johannesburg’s vibrant cultural institutions, verdant parklands and world-class restaurants make it a perfect choice for a stimulating city break, as well as a popular base for exploring the famous nature reserves of the fertile Highveld plateau.

What’s the best time for cheap flights to Johannesburg from London?

Summer falls between October and April in sunny South Africa, although winters too are mild and sunny, thanks to the city’s high elevation. In terms of weather, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Increased demand for flights during the popular UK holiday months of July and August brings price hikes, so if you’re planning to travel at this time you’ll need to book at least 1 month in advance to find the best deals. Christmas is also a favourite time for family get-togethers, so if you are able to delay your reunion until mid-January, after the seasonal rush has abated, you’ll benefit from more competitive prices.

All the gen on London to Johannesburg flights

Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and British Airways all complete the 8,300-mile journey south from London Heathrow to Johannesburg in an average flight time of 11 hours. The convenience of non-stop flights is offset by higher fares, so if you’re watching your budget it’s worth checking out the wide range of competitively priced one-stop routes, many of which also compete favourably on journey times. Ethiopia Airways’ London to Johannesburg flights via Addis Ababa and Kenya Airways’ service via Nairobi both clock in at a little over 15 hours, while Air France and KLM offer even speedier transfers via Paris and Amsterdam respectively.

Travelling to Johannesburg city centre from the airport

O. R. Tambo International Airport is a major hub for domestic and international flights. Situated around 15 miles east of Johannesburg city centre, this large and busy airport incorporates 6 terminals. For a hassle-free journey straight to your hotel, pre-book a cab or limo to meet your flight – you’ll find a helpful list of recommended companies on the airport website. Among the numerous public bus routes that service the airport, the rapid transit bus Rea Vaya, which uses dedicated bus lanes, is the best option. There is also a rail link from the terminal to the city suburbs of Sandton and Pretoria.

Gold and green

Johannesburg’s dramatic built heritage is enhanced by abundant green spaces and public artworks. Wander through the Botanical Garden to view its famous rose terraces, which showcase over 10,000 plants amid ponds and fountains. Follow the community sculpture trail along Vilakazi Street, or see the ‘Fire Walker’, an 11-metre-tall steel figure which has become as iconic to Johannesburg as the Statue of Liberty to New York.

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