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Telephone Numbers:
· OR Tambo Airport: 011 921 6262
· Bloemfontein Airport: 051 407 2200

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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein

After Mango Airlines stopped flying the route, for a while SA Express had a monopoloy on Johannesburg to Bloemfontein flights. Fortunately there is now competition in the form of Airlink and FlyCemair.

  • Flights are scheduled to take an hour, but to compare against driving you need to add in time at and driving to airports. In total perhaps 3 hours.

  • Driving may take about 4.5 hours. Although there is also the matter of productivity lost as a result of not being able to work if you're the one behind the wheel.

  • Intercity buses take about 6 hours.

  • The driving distances is some 427km, and the shortest flight route about 380km.


  • 16 Jan 2015 : FlyCemair will start flying from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg from the 23rd of February 2014. There will be two flights a day during the week and one flight a day during the weekend.

  • 18 Nov 2013 : Airlink launches flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein. Flight SA8401 is scheduled to leave OR Tambo International Airport at 07h00 and arrive in Bloemfontein at 08h00, and flight SA8407 is scheduled to leave JNB at 17h20 and land in BFN at 18h20 (weekdays only).

  • 19 Jul 2012 : Mango Airline quit flying from Joburg to Bloem.

  • 12 Apr 2010 : Mango commences flights from JNB to BFN.

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein

In the last snapshot survey we carried out, SA Airlink was cheapest.



Johannesburg (JNB) to Bloemfontein (BFN)

non-stop (1h00)

SA Airlink

Johannesburg (JNB) to Bloemfontein (BFN)

non-stop (1h00)

South African Express

Johannesburg (JNB) to Bloemfontein (BFN)

non-stop (1h00)

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The driving distance from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein is 427km from First Car Rental at O.R. Tambo International Airport to First Car Rental at Bram Fischer International Airport, taking about 4 and a half hours along the N1 National Road. Along the way you'd pass Orange Farm, Stretford, Evaton, Sebokeng, Vanderbijlpark, Kroonstad, Ventersburg, Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve, Winburg and Brandfort.

Top Review

Corlea Fourie and other representatives of wine farms caught a flight to Bloem to "spread the Pinotage word":

  • "We landed on the bitterly cold landing strip (Ed: it was end July) in Bloemfontein and casually walked over to the main building, which has since the World cup in 2010, have been massively modernised."

  • "I had to put this last photo is of our transport to Bloemfontein. A De Havilland Turboprop. It made me feel like an adventurer of old."

De Havilland plane with people boarding


Greyhound bus offers regular services from Johannesburg to Bloem, as does Intercape and Citiliner. The Intercity buses are scheduled to take some 6 hours. The buses leave from Park City Transit Centre at Johannesburg Station and arrive at the Tourist Centre in Bloemfontein, next to the Municipal Swimming Pool.


There are regular Shosholoza Meyl train trips from Joburg to Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein Airport car rental options

There are a number of car rental options at Bloemfontein Airport:

Avis car hire

Budget rent a car

Europcar rentals

First Car Rental

Hertz car rental

Tempest car hire

Bloemfontein accommodation

There are many hotels in Bloemfontein. Best rated by guests are the City Lodge, Dersley Manor and B&B At Bloem. You may also want to try the Palm Lodge or the Protea Hotel.

Bloemfontein, South Africa

Map centred on Bloemfontein Airport

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