Travelers flying out of Europe to South Africa have several options for airports to fly in and out of. You first need to take into account the vacation destination and choose the closest international airport to fly into, and of course it makes sense to fly out of the airport closest to your current location. But it does pay off to be flexible, whether that means to fly into a bigger airport to save money or to fly to another European city and then connect from there to South Africa.

Airport choices

If you are mobile and flexible, you can always attempt to find the cheapest airfare possible to South Africa from Europe. Typically, if you fly from a major city or capital, the prices will be cheaper and there are direct cheap flights available. If you’re coming from a smaller city or from a destination in Eastern Europe, chances are you’ll need to connect in a hub like Amsterdam, London, or Paris.

South Africa is served by two major airports and dozens of smaller ones which makes flying around easy and often quite affordable. The bigger the airport, the more chances to find a good deal, so you should look for flights into either Johannesburg or Cape Town, the two largest airports in the country and the main international gateways.

When flying out of Europe there are plenty of airports to choose from. Major airports in larger Western European countries will offer the most choice, and usually at the lowest prices. It may make financial sense for you to fly or take the train from your location to one of these major hubs and then fly to South Africa from there.

Best airline choices

Direct cheap flights to South Africa from Europe are offered by British Airways, South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM,  Iberia, and United.

Typical prices

The ticket prices for cheap flights to South Africa from Europe are seasonal with the highest prices being offered around the holidays and during peak safari times, which is Africa’s winter season of June – August. Flight prices can range from $600 to $1000 round trip.

Money saving tips

If you are willing to be flexible there are more ways to save some money on your flight to  South Africa from Europe. For example you can fly from your location into a major European hub such as Amsterdam, Paris or London and then catch a low-cost flight to South Africa. When flying to South Africa , pick a major city like Johannesburg as your first destination; flying into a smaller airport will cost more and may require a connection.

Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the European and South African low-cost carriers. You can compared the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest European flights you need to check Skyscanner.