If you want to get somewhere on-time, FlySafair is your safest bet! They were on-time 93,6% of the time for the whole of 2018! And it looks like they are well on their way to taking the top-honours this year again. They scored an average on-time rating of 92,45% for April 2019.
Kulula was awarded third-place in the Skytrax 2018 awards for Best Low-Cost Carrier in Africa. Mango and Fastjet took first and second place respectively, making Kulula the second-best airline in South Africa!
Mango Still Has Best Airline Rating on SA.TO
With almost 140 votes cast giving them an average score of 4,9 Mango Airlines is still the highest ranking domestic airline! If that doesn't convince you, perhaps their latest review will: "I recently flew to Zanzibar with Mango with my family of four. I was not really looking forward to flying for 4 hours plus on a budget airline, but my oh my my, was I pleasantly surprised! The check in was quick and professional, the flight was on time, the seats were comfortable with loads of leg room, and the cherry on top was the cabin crew. They were professional , efficient but what set them apart was the sense that they were really enjoying what they were doing - all with a great sense of humour! Thank you Mango - looking forward to flying with you again one day!" "
MSC Sinfonia Cruise was Great
Jenny Padaychee and her family enjoyed their cruise on the MSC Sinfonia from Durban to the Portuguese Island.
Greyhound Bus South Africa
Looking for something cheaper than flights? Greyhound offers routes to destinations within South Africa as well as to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Cruise to Portuguese Island from Durban
Portuguese Island is situated off of the coast of Mozambique, and is compromised of pristine stretches of beach skirted by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Book your cruise to Portuguese Island from Durban.
Lanseria Airport Now Boasts Multi-story Parking Lot
Expect loads of photos to be taken on your cruise with MSC. They're expensive, but well worth it for the memories.
Cruises with MSC 2016/2017
Expect loads of photos to be taken on your cruise with MSC. They're expensive, but well worth it for the memories.
Missing Shoe on SAA PE Flight
In a first, a passenger walks off his flight with only one shoe after some shenanigans from the EP cricket team.
Sinfonia cruise was our first
An awesome experience on our first ever cruise on the MSC Sinfonia.
Cheap Flights, Car Hire and Cruises
- FlySafair Shakes Up Check-in Process
Not only is FlySafair your best bet if you want to arrive at your destination in time, they have now also reduced time spent in check-in queues. Their new check-in rangers will print your boarding pass and tag your luggage so that you can simply drop it off at the bag-drop counter. This whole process takes mere minutes!
- We are rated the Top Independent Agency in SA
At a prize giving in April 2019 MSC Cruises presented an award to South Africa Travel Online for being the Top Independent Agency. From left to right: Rob Baker (SA Travel Online), Stacey Barnett (MSC Cruises), Ross Volk (MSC Cruises), Tracey Krog (MSC Cruises) and Lloyd Barkhuizen (Cruiseabout/Flight Centre). In a huge vote of confidence for the SA economy MSC are bringing both the Opera & Musica cruise ships to the country in November 2020.
- Cape Town International Voted Best Airport
The Mother City's airport, Cape Town International, recently took top honours at the World Travel Awards 2019. The airport was voted Africa's Leading Airport for the third consecutive year.
Breaking SA Travel News
Last updated: 19 January 2021
Lift Makes Some Changes
The airline announced that they are abandoning their George route for now.
Plans for a "new SAA" Unveiled
Plans for a "new SAA" shocked earlier this week when many noticed that it bears a striking resemblance to the old SAA and is likely to suffer the same fate.
Holiday Office Hours Update
We will continue handling bus and flight enquiries during office hours, but note that we are closed on public holidays and weekends. During those times and after-hours we can only assist with travel emergencies. Our cruises and holiday package department is closed between 24 December 2020 - 3 January 2021.
The End of Domestic Health Questionnaires
ACSA no longer requires domestic travellers to present a completed domestic health questionnaire, following updates from government. International travellers seemingly still need to complete these forms.
Introducing Our Latest Airline
South Africa's latest low-cost carrier Lift, is launching this December!
Etihad Withdraws from SA
The airline is closing shop in South Africa, with their last flights departing Johannesburg in December 2020.
The Low-cost domestic airline is planning a return to the skies on 1 December 2020. They'll operate most of their domestic routes and traveagent sales will open soon.
Airlink Drops "SA" Pre-fix
In a bid to distance themselves from our struggling national carrier, Airlink will now no longer go by the name "SA Airlink."
Updated Red List of Countries
Government finally updated the list of countries deemed 'high risk'. This is countries who aren't allowed to travel to SA for leisure purposes. The list has been considerably reduced, but Spain and Germany are new additions.
South Africa Still Has Travel Restrictions in Place on These Countries
From 1 October 2020 South Africans will be able to travel internationally during lockdown level 1, but restrictions still apply to a list of countries deemed 'high risk'.
Mango Airlines Grounded, But Still Operational?
SAA Technical withdrew their support of all Mango Aircraft on the 26th of September 2020, resulting in the airline's planes being grounded. Surprisingly they found a way around it to still be operational.
International Travel to Resume
From 1 October 2020 South Africans will be able to travel internationally during lockdown level 1. Some restrictions on travel still applies to ensure that passengers can travel safely.
Have Your Heard About Travel Bubbles?
It is definitely a sign of the times, but we're getting excited about the mere mention of South Africa entering a travel bubble with our neighbouring countries. The Minister of Tourism mentioned that this could be the next step in the phased re-opening of international travel.
Margate Flights Are Back
FlyCemair has re-introduced flights between Johannesburg and Margate. Just in time for the upcoming long weekend!
FlySafair Eyes International Routes
The low-cost domestic airline, FlySafair, has applied for approval to operate three international routes. This could see them expand their route network and fill the gap in the market left by airlines stuck in business rescue processes.
Lockdown Level 2 Domestic Travel Allowed
You can finally travel outside of your own province without needing to apply for a permit! From the 18th of August 2020, South Africans can enjoy relaxed lockdown regulations when we enter level 2.
Caution Advised When Booking Published International Flights
Airlines don't know when our government will open our borders, therefore passengers are advised to be cautious when booking published international flights. It is advisable to book flights further in advance, when it is more likely for borders to have opened, or to consult us about a repatriation flight.
Lockdown Level 3 Domestic Travel Rules & Latest Regulations
Government might have recently clarified that leisure travel isn't being allowed, but with the ease of acquiring a domestic travel permit there is no reason for you to sit home! Find out about all the safety measures in place to make domestic travel as safe as possible. If you or someone you know are stuck overseas, you can reach out to us about a repatriation flight. We now sell Emirates and Turkish Airlines repatriation flights.
Safety Measures in Place When Flying Domestically
Find all the safety measures that airlines, airports and the government have put in place to make sure you can fly safely within South Africa.
Permits Required For Domestic Travel
You can now travel domestically for a number of reasons, but you will require a corresponding permit to travel. Find all the relevant reasons and links to permits here.
FlySafair Safety Measures
Find all the safety measures that have been put in place by FlySafair and at the airports to meet government requirements and protect you from COVID-19 during your flight.
Limited Domestic Travel Allowed
Lockdown level 3 allows for very limited domestic travel for business purposes. Read more to find out which documentation you require and which airlines will resume operations.
Other Countries Are Offering Glimpses at How To Resume International Travel After Lockdown
As Emirates resumes a limited network of 9 destinations, Australia and New Zealand agrees on a travel bubble and EU countries are slowly opening up to each other we gain a clearer picture as to what international travel will look like after lockdown.
SAA Continues for Now
Our embattled national carrier is continuing to offer repatriation and cargo flights for the foreseeable future as government can't let go of the idea of a national carrier.
Bus Bookings Available As Once-off Inter-provincial Travel Allowed
People who were not able to make it home before the nationwide lockdown started can now book a bus home. Limited inter-provincial travel is being allowed until 7 May 2020, but no flights are available.
SA Eases Out of Lockdown
Unfortunately inter-provincial travel will still not be allowed as we move from lockdown level 5 to level 4 on 1 May 2020. In response FlySafair has removed all May inventory.
Social Distancing on FlySafair
What does the future for domestic flights look like? FlySafair has presented their answer.
Seems Like SAA's Fate Is Sealed
Recent communication from the airline states that this is the end of the road for them. Their only option now is choosing between liquidation or the winding down of the airline. A decision will likely be made by the end of the month.
Air Mauritius Under Voluntary Administration
Air Mauritius joins hundreds of airlines around the world in financial troubles.
Emirates Has a Plan for Post COVID-19 Air Travel
During a recent flight to Tunisia, the airline performed rapid COVID-19 testing of all passengers, once again making them industry leaders.
TAP Air Portugal Plans SA Comeback
Cape Town will soon be connected to Portugal with direct flights to Lisbon starting in November 2020.
SA Express CEO Resigns
Acting CEO Siza Mzimela resigned, leaving GM Thuli Mpse at the helm as the airline faces possible liquidation.
All Domestic, Regional & International Flights Cancelled as SA Prepares for Lockdown
All domestic and international airlines will suspend flights to South Africa today, if they haven't already. This is part of South Africa's preperations to embark on a 21-day nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Bus Date Changes & Cancellations During Nationwide Lockdown
In response to the nationwide lockdown to start on the 27th of March 2020, no busses will operate. If you have booked a ticket affected by these cancellations, please contact the bus company to make further arrangements.
SAA Joins Other Domestic Airlines in Cancelling Domestic Flights During Lockdown
SAA has joined other domestic airlines in cancelling all flights during the lockdown. Please contact us if you need help in rebooking or changing a cancelled flight.
Coronavirus and Flight Changes & Cancellations
Let us help you travel with peace of mind during these difficult times. We'll help you delay or cancel your upcoming international flights booked on South Africa Travel Online.
SA Express Suspends Operations
We're saying goodbye to SA Express flights for now as they announce they are suspending all operations with immediate effect.
Turkish Airlines Adjusts Luggage Allowance
Passengers travelling from South Africa will soon have a new luggage allowance.
Mango Airlines Cancells All Lanseria Flights
The airline is saying goodbye to Lanseria at the end of March 2020 and going forward will only operate flights from OR Tambo in Johannesburg.