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Kulula cheapest JNB - CPT

SouthAfrica.TO survey
22 Aug 2008 flights
survey on 26 Jul 2008

If an airline's success is measured by having planes packed full of people then Mango Airlines is doing a sterling job - this is the second survey in a row (of Johannesburg to Cape Town flights) that Mango don't have any seats available - on the other hand, if they were a commercial outfit one could argue that they're selling themselves short...and also, it's a bit of a problem for somebody who wants to today book a flight with them on the evening of the 22nd August (as there are no Mango flights left).

Flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town
Bus trips from Johannesburg to Cape Town

British Airways

1433

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1200

Interlink Airlines

No flights

City to City coach

380

Kulula from OR Tambo

729

Greyhound coach

450

Kulula from Lanseria

909

Intercape coach

499

Mango Airline

sold out

SA Roadlink coach

299

1time Airline

928

Translux coach

460

South African Airways

1074

Blue train
Premier Classe train

8595
1380

We only look at flights leaving between 1819 & 2036 (i.e. reasonable times for somebody finishing work on the Friday), and Kulula from OR Tambo International Airport was cheapest (R729).

Kulula Airlines plane

British Airways' expensive flight

British Airways' flight price of R1433 is the most expensive they've quoted on the Johannesburg - Cape Town flight route since the R1532 in the 25 August 2007 survey.

SA Roadlink coach accidentSouth African Airways' cheap flight

While British Airways had their most expensive flight in a while, South African Airways offered their cheapest flight (R1074) on the Johannesburg to Cape Town flight route since our 6 October 2007 flight survey.

Record coach prices

We recorded the highest prices ever for the Baz Bus, City to City coach, Greyhound Coach & Translux coach. SA Roadlink came in well below the prices for the other coaches (they have probably lost some of their pricing power since their spate of accidents).

Board

Destination

Board Date

Time

Arrival Date

Time

Carrier

Service No

Class

Fare

JNB

Cape Town

22 Aug 2008

07:30

23 Aug 2008

08:15

SA Roadlink

9002

LUXURY

299

JNB

Cape Town

22 Aug 2008

10:00

23 Aug 2008

05:00

SA Roadlink

2602

LUXURY

499

JNB

Cape Town

22 Aug 2008

13:00

23 Aug 2008

07:15

SA Roadlink

2650

LUXURY

550

JNB

Cape Town

22 Aug 2008

17:30

23 Aug 2008

12:15

SA Roadlink

2600

LUXURY

550

First Car Rental cheapest again

First car rental is again offering the cheapest car rental price at Cape Town International Airport for the weekend of the 22nd Aug to 24 Aug - R324, beating Avis Car Rental who were cheapest last time we checked. Most expensive is Imperial Car Rental & Europcar at R373.

First Car Rental offices at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

Low rates for Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

We had a look at hotel prices in Cape Town for the evening of the 22nd August, and were pleasantly surprised to find the lowest rate we have surveyed for the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town (R798 for an evening, previous lowest was R808 for the evening of the 16th May 2008).

 

Protea Hotel Break-water Lodge

Court-yard
Cape Town

City Lodge V&A Water-front

Town Lodge Bellville

Road Lodge Hotel Cape Town Airport

Southern Sun V&A Waterfront

StayEasy Century City

Garden Court De Waal

Sun Int
The Table Bay Waterfront

22 Aug 2008

610

907

888

570

380

798

689

594

3600

As usual the Road Lodge hotel at Cape Town International Airport offered the cheapest night's accommodation.

John makes it to South Africa

And he makes it to Sun City as well, and shares photos of the Palace of the Lost City and the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. Not sure what was meant by the "woofy tour guides" in Cape Town, but I guess people visit South Africa for various reasons!

Palace of the Lost City

Tempest Car Hire

Here's a photo of Tempest Car Hire kiosk at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Tempest Car Hire in Johannesburg

What Ryanair thinks of Boeing

A Life in Full Flight"There is no doubt that you people build the best goddam aircraft in the entire world. The thing that made Ryanair stand out from the crowd in Europe, instead of being just another small shitty European regional airline, was our decision back in 1994 to go with Boeing 737s. We are an oasis of Boeing in a sea of Airbus all over Europe. We are an oasis of punctuality and profitability in a sea of losses and shitty delays all over Europe." Michael O'Leary (the man in charge of Ryanair flights) speaking to staff at Boeing; as set out in the book by Alan Ruddock: "A Life in Full Flight: The story of the man who made Ryanair take off".

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