Which airlines fly to East London
East London is in a similar position to both Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, in that it is just not as popular as the major flight routes, and therefore fewer airlines fly to and from it. At the moment, both South African Airways and British Airways fly to East London, and the only low cost airline to fly the route is kulula.
Typical prices for flights to East London
Even though this is not an extremely popular route, prices are not too bad. A flight from Johannesburg to East London will cost you around R2000 return, Cape Town to East London would be just over R3000 return and Durban to East London would also be around R3000 return.
How to get cheap flights to East London
Unlike flights to George or Richards Bay, there are frequently specials to East London by kulula. Often the best way to find a cheap flight to East London is to book a 2 one ways, instead of a one return. You can read our full article on how to find the cheapest flights in South Africa here.
about East London
East London is the only river port in South Africa. It is a very relaxed city and has amazing beaches such as Nahoon Beach. The city enjoys year round Sunny weather and is a sport enthusiast’s dream.Other things to do include the Natural History Museam and Lock Street Gaol.
If you have a chance visit the Calgary transport museum to see old transport vehicles like horse drawn carts and wagons etc. There is also a very unique rock formation called Cove Rock, which is well worth a visit.
A little known fact is that East London used to be called Port Rex, as the city developed around the river port. East London also has a very unusual double-decker bridge – which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.
Another aspect that made East London famous is that the coelacanth was discovered there and can be seen in the Museum.
Many people get confused when they see advertisements for East London as it is being called Buffalo City.
The East London airport was started in 1927 and has grown considerably since then. More so, it has actually been moved several times to its current position which is roughly 9 km from the centre of town. Currently around 30 domestic flights land at George airport every day.
East London is a sun and beach worshipers mecca. Its laid back attitude to life and genuine hospitality of the residents guarantee you a relaxing, memorable holiday. This safe city is perfect for a family get-away. East London is renowned for its pristine, white beaches which include Nahoon Beach and Ganubie Bay. The city’s restaurants offer up some of the yummiest cuisine you will ever find and it has something for everyone, from history buffs, sports enthusiasts, beachcombers and culture junkies. The city also has a thriving nightlife so your day does not have to end when the sun sets on the beach.
The city has a subtropical climate which allows for excellent weather all year round. This is good for those who wish to avoid the summer crowds yet still want to catch some rays and go water-skiing.
The most popular activities in the city are obviously those which involve the sand and surf such as sunbathing, skiing, fishing and sailing. For something a little different, go horse-back riding on the beach at sunset or try sand-boarding down the grandiose sand dunes at Bonza Bay. Visit the Natural History Museum where you can see the only dodo egg in the world, and of course the Coelacanth, the prehistoric fish which was discovered in the city in 1938. An absolute must are the Nahoon footprints which are 200,000 years old and are the oldest footprints in the world. Visit Latimer’s landing, a waterfront with a variety of restaurants to suite any palate, with magnificent views of the ocean. Also interesting is Lock Street Gaol which used to be a fully functioning prison but now contains unique shops and little boutiques.