Travelers flying out of South Africa and heading to Europe 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 your final destination.

Airport choices

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

Europe is served by hundreds of airports, so you airport will be dictated by your final destination for the most part. However, if you are flying to a smaller city or to a destination in Eastern Europe, it may make more sense to fly into a major hub like London, Paris or Amsterdam and then connect by plane or train to your final city.

Best airline choices

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

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to Europe from South Africa are seasonal with the highest prices being offered around the holidays during peak summer travel times from May to August. Prices during these months can range from $700-$1200 per person. During off-season months, you can generally find a ticket for $600-$900 per person.

Money saving tips

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