Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines offers cheap flights from Brussels to Johannesburg, starting at €376. The fare includes full board service and two pieces of luggage up to 23kg. Both out- and inbound trips have a layover in Addis Abeba.
Update: Ethiopian has added Dublin to their list of cheap European connections to Johannesburg, selling tickets at €369!
Once again, the deal is only valid from Brussels now.
The flight from Addis Abeba to Brussels includes a technical stop in Vienna, but no change of aircraft ist required. Flights to and from Dublin feature a technical stop as well, but in Madrid. Ethiopian Airlines operates a young and modern long haul fleet: Flights to Johannesburg are operated by A350 aircraft. A Boeing 787 takes you from Brussels to Addis Abeba and a triple seven will host you on your return flight.
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Information & Tips for South Africa
South Africa is the touristically most visited country in the south of Africa. Whether its Safaris, tours of wine regions or the Table Mountain – visitors won’t be disappointed!
Traditionally, flights from Europa to South Africa have been quite expensive. In recent years however, airlines such as Iberia, Egyptair and British Airways have been offering cheaper and cheaper flights – even in premium cabins! If you are flexible in regards to your point of departure, the array of airlines with cheap tickets becomes even greater.
Best Time to Visit
South Africa is a huge country and therefore doesn’t have a single best time to visit. It really depends on what you want to see. The cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have the best weather in Fall (March – Mai) and Spring (September – November).
Immigration & Visa Requirements
If you have a valid EU passport and a valid return ticket, you will be given a visitor’s visa with a validity of 90 days. Turn to the ministry of foreign affairs of your country for more information.
The currency used in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). One Euro are approximately 16 ZAR. Make sure to use a credit card that does not charge high fees for withdrawals or payments in foreign currencies.
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Information & Tips for Johannesburg
Johannesburg has 9,6 million inhabitants and is the largest city and most important business and financial center in Africa south of the Sahara. The city is well connected to Europe by air, flights for under 500€ (round trip) are becoming increasingly more common.
Best Time to Travel
The best times to visit Johannesburg are during fall (March – May) and during spring (September – Novemver). Temperatures are warm but pleasant and rainfall is comparatively rare.
From the Airport to the City
One possibility is taking the Gautrain, a type of local commuter rail. A trip to the city center takes about 25 minutes and costs approximately 12€. Taking a cab or an Uber runs you about 18€ to 24€.
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