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Cheap flights despite IPL

22 May 2009 flights
surveyed on 25 Apr 2009

The semi-final and final of the Indian Premier League take places in Johannesburg on the 23rd May and 24th May so I'm a bit surprised that flights prices from Cape Town to Johannesburg on the 22nd May are fairly reasonable (Mango cheapest at R638). Perhaps Capetonians like watching Indian Premier League cricket in their hometowns, but aren't prepared to fly to get to the matches. This shows that these events don't have as big an impact on our transport infrastructure as is commonly believed. By the way, bear in mind that the Comrades Marathan is on the 24th May, if you're thinking of flying to Durban (this will no doubt push flight flight prices up).

Flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg *
Bus & train trips from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Mango Airlines economy class
flight JE178 departs 2015 arrives 2220

638

Shosholoza Meyl Economy Class

180

Kulula Air economy class (to Lanseria)
flight MN460 departs 1950 arrives 2150

679

Shosholoza Meyl Tourist Class

340

Interlink Airline economy class
flight 1D002 departs 1800 arrives 2000

698

City to City bus
departs CPT 1100 arrives 0515 (on the 23rd May)

380

1time Airline economy class
flight 1T112 departs 1800 arrives 2000

755

Greyhound bus via Kimberley
departs CPT 1300 arrives 1800 (on the 23rd May)

450

Kulula Air economy (to O.R. Tambo)
flight MN6438 departs 1900 arrives 2100

899**

Translux bus
departs CPT 1800 arrives 1210 (on the 23rd May)

450

Mango Flex
flight JE178 departs 2015 arrives 2220

1009

Translux bus
departs CPT 1600 arrives 0955 (on the 23rd May)

460

South African Airways economy class
flight SA372 departs 1950 arrives 2150

1080

Greyhound bus via Bloemfontein
departs CPT 1800 arrives 1220 (on the 23rd May)

490

Mango Plus
flight JE178 departs 2015 arrives 2220

1119

Intercape bus
departs CPT 1745 arrives 1400 (on the 23rd May)

510

British Airways economy class
flight BA6426 departs 1800 arrives 2000

1339

Baz Bus
7 day pass

1250

South African Airways premium class
flight SA372 departs 1950 arrives 2150

3232

Premier Classe train

1520

British Airways club class
flight BA6426 departs 1800 arrives 2000

3232

SA Roadlink bus
website down

-

Interlink Airline business class
flight 1D002 departs 1800 arrives 2000

1510

   

* one-way flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg, leaving between 1729 & 2031 on 22 May (including taxes)
** this is in fact a BA British Airways flight being sold on the Kulula website. If you booked it on the BA website it would cost you R1955 (you save R1056 by booking on the Kulula website - see our tips for cheap flights)

Cape Town to Johannesburg for R180

Amazingly, Shosholoza Meyl is offering an economy class flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg for a mere R180 and tourist class is only R340 (who's still taking the bus!).

BA & SAA copycats

BA & SAA have exactly the same prices for their business class flights - R3232 - something tells me this isn't a coincidence. If I had to choose between them I'd go BA - however, Interlink Airline's business class price is far cheaper at R1510.

Highest pub in Africa

An expat travels cattle class on a flight from London to Johannesburg to celebrate her Mum's 60th birthday, and they go 4x4'ing into the mountains that breathe with dragons (a.k.a. the Drakensburg). She flags the trip through the Sani Pass as being the best experience - hairpin bends on a dirt road with a sheer drop. At the top of the Sani Pass, at the Sani Top Chalet, boozers (which hopefully does not include the driver) can visit the highest pub in Africa.

the Sani Top Chalet

Far Queue please Sir

"This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, telling passengers 'f*** you' in the politest and most pleasant of voices whilst at the same time pretending to say 'far queue'." extract from Imogen Edwards-Jones's Air Babylon book (available from Kalahari net).

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