Flights to Johannesburg

Find competitively-priced airplane tickets to Johannesburg with Air France

For those looking to holiday in South Africa Air France operates regular flights from Dublin to Johannesburg , with a connecting flight in Paris or Amsterdam. During the booking process, you will be directed towards the best-value airplane tickets for Johannesburg.

You'll touch down at OR Tambo International Airport. The Gautrain shuttle train service, the main public transport network in Gauteng Province, will whisk you to Johannesburg city centre in 15 minutes. This express service also runs to Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa.

The wider Johannesburg-Pretoria urban area is home to over 12 million people. Johannesburg is the financial centre of South Africa and the richest city in Africa, complete with US-style skyscrapers that are the tallest in the continent. Some of the most striking examples of architecture are the Chamber of Mines of South Africa building and the Nelson Mandela bridge in Newton. In this city that's replete with history, why not visit the Apartheid Museum and the township of Soweto, which has played a key role in the recent past of South Africa.

If you would like to buy holiday souvenirs, you can visit the Rosebank art and craft market. The city also boasts a vibrant arts scene, many retail outlets, restaurants, trendy cafés, jazz bars and more… And there's certainly no shortage of places to go for a night out.

Within striking distance of the city are the caves and game reserve of Krugersdorp. You might also like to stop off in Lesedi Cutural Village, a 50 minute journey by car to the north of Johannesburg. This will give you the chance to find out more about the culture of the Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho peoples…

To help you on the way, Air France can offer you a variety of services including hotel accommodation in Johannesburg and car hire in South Africa .

From Johannesburg you can set off to explore the rest of South Africa and its stunningly beautiful countryside

Bordered by two oceans and located at the extreme southern tip of the African continent, South Africa is now frequently known as the Rainbow nation in reference to its multi-cultural identity. This country of many contrasts has attracted increasing numbers of tourists, in large part thanks to the popularity of safari tours in wildlife reserves, including the famous Kruger National Park. South Africa is a patchwork of glorious and diverse landscapes: from semi-desert and savannah to mountains, deserts and beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the ocean.
Why not use Johannesburg as a starting point for your exploration of South Africa's coastline? Travel on to Cape Town and see the Cape Fur seal and penguin colonies on the Cape Peninsula, or whale-watch off Hermanus. The Drakensberg, which forms a long mountainous barrier across the east of the country, is great for hiking, and offers some breathtaking views. The semi-desert region of the Karoo is also worth seeing, as is the Valley of Desolation and the Wine Route to the east of Cape Town. Meanwhile, along the Orange River are to be found the awe-inspiring Augrabies falls, which are 56 metres high.
South Africa's wide open spaces are just waiting for you - don't hesitate, book your airplane ticket to Johannesburg now! You'll find all the relevant flight times on the 'flight and airport info' section.
Some tips and useful information before you go:

  • The best time to visit this city is between December and March.
  • Irish nationals do not need a visa, as long as their stay is for less than 90 days. Special rules apply to minors.
  • You are allowed to drive in South Africa if you are in possession of an International Driving Permit.
  • Euros may be exchanged in banks, hotels and bureaux de change. Credit cards are widely accepted. If you do withdraw money, make sure you are familiar with the exchange rate between the Euro and the local currency: the South African Rand.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, Zulu and English.
  • Several vaccinations are recommended before you travel to South Africa: for more details, go to a travel health clinic.
  • South Africa is two hours ahead of Ireland

These handy websites will help you prepare your stay in Johannesburg and South Africa

On the website of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade there's advice for travellers going to South Africa . If you need assistance once in South Africa, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Pretoria
Wondering about what to do and which sights to visit in South Africa? You'll find all the information you need on the South Africa Tourist Office website.