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Cheap Flights from Lagos to Johannesburg

To book the cheapest flight to Johannesburg from Lagos:

  1. Compare flight prices of all airlines flying the route using the flight price comparison tool on the left, and book the cheapest.

  2. Use any travel vouchers you've built up with SouthAfrica.TO to discount your flight even more! If you don't have any vouchers, now is the time to start earning them, by writing to us about your flight to Johannesburg, saying who you flew with, why, and how it went. The better the quality of your review the more vouchers you get, but everybody gets something!

South African Visas for Nigerian Citizens

There have been many reported cases of Nigerians struggling to get visas to visit South Africa. We advise to start the process early, so you don't have to stress about your passport being stuck at the South African High Commission in Nigeria.

  • 14 April 2014. A Nigerian lawyer writes to the Nigerian Tribune, describing the South African Embassy staff in Lagos as being "incompetent", and draws attention to the role Nigerians played in the emancipation of SA: " I was pained perhaps because it came from a brother African country." Says they need to speak about the "need to change the focus of our foreign policy" and that they need to "know our friends and our enemies"

  • If you have no documented hotel reservation you may find yourself being refused entry and being deported from South Africa (especially if you have not filled in the documents for staying with a relative or friend). On the 31st October 2013, 8 passengers were deported back to Nigeria on Arik Air flight W3104, with one gentleman refusing to board resulting in the flight being delayed half an hour.


  • 14 Feb 2014. SAA applies to fly another 2 flights a week from Johannesburg to Lagos.

  • 28 Aug 2013. Arik Air submits a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over 40 of its passengers not being allowed to enter South Africa in August 2013.

  • 22 May 2013. Air Nigeria are ordered by Lagos's Federal High Court to pay Hakeem Ogunniran N5m for general damages suffered through them cancelling his flight from Lagos to SA (he lost a business opportunity. "The defendant ought to have put in place measures to ensure that a passenger does not incur further expenses where there is a flight cancellation. The defendant is hereby ordered to refund to the plaintiff the difference in value of the cost of the plaintiff’s business class ticket. The defendant is also ordered to pay the expenses, which the plaintiff incurred on his journey back to Nigeria through Ghana, as well as cost of township transportation in Ghana.” said Judge Okon Abang.

  • 8 May 2013. Nigerian citizens who hold diplomatic of official passports need not apply for visas to travel to South Africa.

  • 31 March 2013. Etihad increases its frequency to daily flights from Lagos to Abu Dhabi, allowing more options for 1-stop flights from Lagos to Johannesburg via ADD.

  • 17 May 2012. Air Nigeria, previously known as Virgin Nigeria, resumes flights from Lagos to Joburg.

  • 2 March 2012. Arik Air flights between Lagos & JNB are suspended due to Nigerian passengers being refused entry into South Africa, there being an issue over Yellow Fever vaccination cards. On Monday the 5th March 2012 Arik Air resumed flights again.

  • 2009. Bellview Airlines shuts down.

  • 27 Jan 2009. Virgin Nigeria flights are suspended.

Airlines flying from Lagos to Johannesburg


Air Nigeria no longer flies

Arik Air

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

non-stop (6 hours)


Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

1-stop (17 hours)
Cairo (CAI)


Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

1-stop (20 hours)
Dubai (DXB)

Etihad Nigeria

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

Abu Dhabi

Ethiopian Airlines

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

1-stop (23 hours)
Adis Ababa (ADD)

Kenya Airways

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

1-stop (21 hours)
(Accra, technical stop)
Nairobi (NBO)

Qatar Airways

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

1-stop (23 hours)
Doha (DOH)

South African Airways

Lagos (LOS) to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)

non-stop (6 hours)


Shortest flight path

The map which follows shows the shortest flight path from Lagos to Johannesburg.

flight path from Lagos to Johannesburg

Johannesburg car rental options

For your convenience, here's a summary of Johannesburg car rental options:

Avis car rental

Budget car rental

Europcar rentals

First Car Rental

Hertz car rental

Tempest car hire

Thrifty Car Rental

R24 road out of Johannesburg International Airport

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