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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Athens

Γεια σας (hello in Greek!). Interested in getting away from Jozi's metal jungle to the Greek Isles? The bad news is that there are no direct flights, but the good news is that there are plenty of 1-stop options to book a cheap flight from Johannesburg to Athens (Greece). As usual the middle-eastern airlines are the often the cheapest - Qatar Airways, Etihad and EgyptAir.

  • 30 March 2014 : Aegean Airlines and Etihad enter a codeshare arrangement, so Etihad flights from JBH to Athens may involve an Aegean Airlines flight from Abu Dhabi to Athens.

Flight reviews

13 May 2013. I flew with Lufthansa from Johannesburg to Athens via Frankfurt, for our dream Greek holiday. We chose Lufthansa because it was the cheapest flight deal we could get. I hate flying whether it's for an hour or long haul, but the pain was somewhat eased by being in the massive Airbus A380, which is definitely more spatious than domestic SA planes - we each had our own tv, and I watched a couple of movies (latest James Bond and some animation - they've got quite a range). In Frankfurt we arrived at 5am and had to go through customs as this was our first point of entry into the EU, changed into a smaller plane, one level ony, and no TVs - just got a snack, water, tea/coffee on this flight, and we landed smoothly in Athens (no need to go through customs again, as we'd done that in Frankfurt).

Airlines

There are no direct flights from Johannesburg to Athens. We carried out a snapshot survey of flights from JNB to ATH and then ordered the airlines from the cheapest at the top (this will have subsequently changed):

Airline
Airports
Stops

Qatar Airways

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (26 to 27 hours)
Doha Airport (DOH)

Etihad Airways
(Abu Dhabi to Athens leg may be on Aegean Airlines)

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (27 hours)
Abu Dhabi

Lufthansa
Codeshare with Aegean Airlines

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (17 to 26 hours)
Frankfurt (FRA)

Egyptair

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (14 to 17 hours)
Cairo Airport (CAI)

Emirates

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (18 hours)
Dubai Airport

South African Airways
Codeshare with Egyptair

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (14 hours)
Cairo Airport (CAI)

Ethiopian Airlines

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (22 hours)
Cairo Airport (CAI)

British Airways

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (19 hours)
London Heathrow (LHR)

Turkish Airlines

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (25 hours)
Istanbul

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (16 hours)
Amsterdam (Schipol)

Air France

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (27 hours)
Paris De Gaulle (CDG)

Swiss

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (17 hours)
Zurich(ZRH)

El Al Israel Airlines

Johannesburg to Athens (ATH)

1-stop (35 hours)
Tel Aviv (TLV)

Iberia - suspended flights from 1 May 2012

Time differences between Johannesburg & Athens

The time difference between Johannesburg (South Africa) and Athens (UK) varies from being 1 hour ahead in the South African winter (when the UK has daylight saving) to 2 hours and in the South African summer.

Johannesburg
South Africa

GMT + 2

Athens
Greece

GMT + 2
GMT + 3 late March to late October

Map of Athens

 

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