Cheap Flights from London to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

Flight information London to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

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Average flight time, total distance 5642 miles

10h 50min

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British Airways

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

1 airport

This information is correct as of February 2016

Airlines that fly from London to Johannesburg

South African Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways operate direct flights from London to Johannesburg, flights depart from London Heathrow Airport.

Terminal Information

London Heathrow Airport

Passengers travelling on flights to Johannesburg should arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight. All airlines operating flights between London and Johannesburg have check-in desks at the airport, as well as online check-in facilities which is available in advance of your flight. South African Airlines also offer social check-in which uses your Facebook account.

There are four terminals at Heathrow Airport. South African Airways flights depart from Terminal 2, Virgin Atlantic flights depart from Terminal 3 and British Airways flights to Johannesburg depart from Terminal 5.

Each terminal at Heathrow Airport offers something a little different when it comes to shopping and dining. Shops include Boots, Dixons and World Duty Free for the essential airport purchases as well as Boss, Ralph Lauren, MAC, Ted Baker and Zara for both high street and designer fashion. Places to eat include cafes, bars and restaurants such as Eat, Caffe Nero, Strada, Yo! Sushi and Wondertree.

All terminals have premium lounges available to upgrade to, free Wi-Fi throughout and mobile charging points. 

Johannesburg Airport

Johannesburg Airport, also known as OR Tambo Airport is located 21km northeast of the city Johannesburg. All flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg arrive into Terminal A, the international terminal.

The airport’s train station is located between the international and domestic terminals and provides fast connections to Johannesburg every 12 minutes on the Gautrain line. A single to Park, in the centre of Johannesburg will cost R152 and take 20 minutes with a change at Sandton station.

Taxis are available at Johannesburg Airport; to book an accredited taxi you must go to the Airports Company South Africa desk in the arrivals terminal.

There are plenty of options when it comes to car hire at the airport, you will have car hire companies such as Avis, Europcar, First Car Rental, Hertz and Thrifty to choose from. You will find them in the parking garage opposite the terminal, a short walk away.

What to expect in Johannesburg

The currency of Johannesburg is the South African Rand. Prices in Johannesburg, including dining out, drinks, hotels and public transport are around 65% less than what you would normally experience in London.

Johannesburg temperatures are fairly mild compared to many other South African cities. Summer (mid-October to February) experiences average temperatures of 20oc, whereas winter (June-September) averages are around 10oc. There’s not much difference between the level of rainfall in London and Johannesburg, which is typically concentrated into thunderstorms during the afternoons.

Johannesburg, South Africa is 2 hours ahead of London, UK

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.