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Travel to Durban

Flying to Durban

British Airways (www.britishairways.com) runs a direct service between London and Durban from winter 2018. There are also plenty of options with one connection. You can travel via Dubai with Emirates (www.emirates.com), alternatively take South African Airways (www.flysaa.com) or Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) to Johannesburg and take a connecting flight from there. Flights tend to be cheaper during the winter months (May to September).

Flight times

From London - 14 hours (including stopover); New York - 17 hours; Los Angeles - 25 hours (including stopovers);  Toronto - 21 hours (including stopovers); Sydney - 17 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

Travel by road

Durban is around 570km (354 miles) from Johannesburg, while Cape Town lies 1,600km (997 miles) to the west. Major roads are of high quality in South Africa. The legal driving age is 18 years, though car hire companies often require drivers to be at least 23.

Driving is on the left. The speed limit on highways is 120kph (75mph), 80-100kph (50-62mph) on national roads and 60kph (37mph) in urban areas. Foreign licences are valid if they are in English with a photograph of the holder, but the AA recommends an International Driving Permit to prevent potential complications. You must carry your licence at all times.

The main motoring organisation in South Africa is the AA (tel: +27 861 000 234; www.aa.co.za).

Emergency breakdown services

The AA (tel: 0861 000 234, in South Africa only).


The main arterial road N3 runs to Durban from Johannesburg via Pietermaritzburg, the N1 reaches the city from Cape Town via Bloemfontein, and the N2 links Durban with Port Elizabeth via the Transkei.


Express long-distance coach services run regularly from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and other large centres. Operators include Greyhound (tel: +27 11 611 8000; www.greyhound.co.za), Translux (tel: +27 861 589 282; www.translux.co.za) and Intercape (tel: +27 21 380 4400; www.intercape.co.za). Services operate from the motor coach terminal, New Durban Station, NMR Avenue.

Time to city

From Johannesburg - 6 hours; Cape Town - 16 hours; Pietermaritzburg - 55 minutes; Port Elizabeth - 10 hours.

Travel by Rail


Durban's main railway station is immediately to the north of the central city district, located between Umgeni Road and Masabalala Yengwa Avenue.


Rail services in Durban are operated by Shosholoza Meyl, the South African long-distance rail network (tel: 086 000 8888, in South Africa only or +27 11 774 4555; www.shosholozameyl.co.za). Its trains are modern, comfortable and cheap and it offers sleeper trains to and from Johannesburg twice a week.

Journey times

From Johannesburg - 14 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by boat

Durban Port is the largest and busiest shipping terminal in Africa. It is also the base for summer cruises with MSC Cruises.

Ferry operators

MSC Cruises (tel: +27 87 075 0850; www.msccruises.co.za) operates a two-day sailing to and from Durban, cruises to Mozambique and Mauritius, plus voyages from Durban to Cape Town, some of which continue to Walvis Bay, Namibia.


Port Website

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Book Accommodation

Featured Hotels


The Concierge

The Concierge is a boutique hotel built on the site of eight heritage-listed buildings. Retaining its 1920's façade, the interiors however are modern, luxurious and distinctive. There are 12 guest rooms colour themed with design variations, stunning custom finished furniture and shower areas that are described as "being soaked in warm jungle rain".

eMakhosini on East

The newly refurbished eMakhosini on East offers 45 en-suite guest rooms, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel's staff are warm and friendly, while the on-site Gibela Restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options.

Hilton Durban

This city landmark offers rooms with gorgeous views of the coastline, easy access to Durban's beaches, a buffet themed restaurant called Rainbow Terrace and an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Riverside Hotel & Spa

Located in an excellent position high up on the bank of the Umgweni River a short distance from the city centre the Riverside Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the green belt and nearby coast. All 169 rooms have microwaves and bar fridges while there is a swimming pool and baby sitting facilities available too. Board games can also be hired if the weather turns inclement.

Royal Hotel

With a history almost as long as that of the city itself, this iconic Durban hotel is a luxurious option. It offers four restaurants, a gym, health centre, swimming pool and even offers a dedicated floor for women travelling alone. There are 113 rooms in total, with great views of the city and the harbour.

Suncoast Towers

Located on the legendary Golden Mile, this popular hotel in Durban, with 37 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, plus a classy penthouse suite, attracts those who want to chance their arm at a roulette table. In the casino and an arm's length from golden sands, it has stunning views from its huge, chic spa. It is also conveniently close to the airport.