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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Sydney

The only direct flights from Johannesburg to Sydney are with The Flying Kangaroo (Qantas) and South African Airways, and take an epic 20 hours.

Amazingly enough, it is often cheaper to fly from Johannesburg to Sydney via the Middle-East, so use the flight bookings tool on the left to compare Qantas/SAA against airlines like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad. Be warned, though, that going via the Middle-east turns an already long travel into a couple of days.

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  • 11 Dec 2013 : Qantas Airlines appoints PR Worx to create more awareness about its Johannesburg to Sydney flights.

  • 21 Oct 2012 : Bushfires in Sydney have resulted in the air quality deteriorating to hazardous levels.

  • 1 Oct 2012 : Qantas starts using a reconfigured 747-400 on the JNB-SYD route, meaning that they're no longer offering a first class service.

  • Feb 2011 : Virgin Australia quits flying from South Africa.

  • 21 Sep 2010 : Qantas introduces its seventh weekly services between Johannesburg & Sydney on Tuesdays.

  • 13 Mar 2010 : V Australia begins flying from Johannesburg to Sydney, via Melbourne.

  • 12 Oct 2009 : Qantas announces that it has deferred plans to add a seventh weekly flight to Australia (Sydney) from Johannesburg.

  • 16 Dec 2008 : Qantas adds one flight per week to its Johannesburg - Sydney route.

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Sydney

We carried out a snapshot survey of airfares and then ordered the airlines from the cheapest at the top. Note that this will have changed since we last did it.


Etihad Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

1-stops (32h50m)
Abu Dhabi(DXB)


Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

1-stop (31h45m)
Dubai (DXB)

Cathay Pacific Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

1-stop (31h25m)
Hong Kong

Malaysia Airlines - South African flights suspended from 31 January 2012

Qantas Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

non-stop (19h45m)

Singapore Airlines

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

1-stop (29h40m)
Singapore (SIN)

South African Airways
codeshare with Qantas

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

non-stop (19h45m)

Thai International Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Sydney (SYD)

1-stop (30h25m)
Bangkok (BKK)

V Australia quit flying from South Africa in February 2011

Qantas plane flying over Sydney
Photo credit : Qantas Airlines

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