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Johannesburg to Richards Bay

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Flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay

Compare SA Express (SAX) and Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay (JNB-RCB). Be flexible with your travel dates to help ensure a cheaper airfare. Johannesburg flights are from O.R. Tambo International Airport - there are no flights from Lanseria Airport to Richards Bay.

Alternatively, you could fly from Johannesburg to Durban and then drive from Durban to Richards Bay (it's about an hour and a half drive from King Shaka International Airport, or 144km).

  • 17 Oct 2013 : Airlink loads up flights into the GDS from Johannesburg to Richards Bay (starting price R2606 return on the 18th Nov 2013). It is believed that previously they had an unsaid agreement that SA Express would focus on Richards Bay whilst Airlink would focus on Pietermaritzburg. This changed when, at the end of September, SA Express announced it would start flying from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg to Nelspruit and Cape Town to George (all routes on which Airlink previously had a monopoly). There are 2 flights a day on weekdays only: SA8441 is scheduled to leave OR Tambo at 07h15 and land in Richards Bay at 08h35, whilst flight SA8447 is scheduled to leave Johannesburg at 14h20 and land in Richards Bay at 15h40.

  • June 2012 - SA Express announces that it will be using the newest Q400 planes on the JNB - RCB flight route, reducing the flying time from 90 to 55 minutes: “The Q400 boosts our operations on the Richards Bay route, where there is a growing requirement for such aircraft for both business and tourist travel. We will be able to take full advantage of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft’s outstanding economics and passenger comfort and, offer our passengers a superb air service.”said South African Express General Manager Flight Operations - David Allanby. 

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Richards Bay



Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport to Richards Bay (RCB)


South African Express

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport to Richards Bay (RCB)


A direct flight from Johannesburg to Richards Bay Airport (RCB) should take some 90 minutes. The driving distance between Johannesburg and Richards Bay is some 600km.

Car hire

Other than Thrifty Car Rental, most of the major car hire outfits have offices at Richards Bay Airport - see our Richards Bay car rental page for details.




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About Richards Bay

When I cruised past Richards Bay on the MSC Sinfonia, I was astounded at the number of ships we joined - Richards Bay has the largest purpose built port for the export of coal. However, to experience Richards Bay one should look past the industry at the game reserves and beautiful beaches. The popular Tuzi Gazi Waterfront derives its name from the 2 rivers flowing into the harbour, the Mzingazi and Umhlathuze. If you enjoy hiking and bird watching, pop by the Enseleni Nature Reserve. If you enjoy the ocean, book a dolphin viewing charter.

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