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There are 4 ways to get from East London to Drakensberg by bus, taxi or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, taxi, travel  •  8h 58m

  1. Take the bus from East London Windmill to Mount Frere
  2. Take a taxi from Mount Frere to Matatiele
  3. Travel from Qhashas Nek to Drakensberg

3 alternative options

Bus, travel  •  11h 19m

  1. Take the bus from East London to Kokstad
  2. Take the bus from Kokstad to Qhashas Nek
  3. Travel from Qhashas Nek to Drakensberg

Fly to Pietermaritzburg, travel  •  6h 12m

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Pietermaritzburg (PZB) ELS - PZB
  2. Travel from Pietermaritzburg to Drakensberg

Fly to Maseru, travel  •  6h 53m

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Maseru (MSU) ELS - MSU
  2. Travel from Maseru to Drakensberg

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Questions & Answers

The distance between East London and Drakensberg is 414 km.

The best way to get from East London to Drakensberg without a car is to bus and taxi and travel which takes 8h 58m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 58m to get from East London to Drakensberg, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from East London Airport to Pietermaritzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 25m and has one stopover.

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British Airways, Safair and Airlink offer flights from East London Airport to Pietermaritzburg Airport.

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The best way to get from East London to East London Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs R 120 - R 150.

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Map of how to get from East London to Drakensberg.
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  • Distance: 413.9 km
  • Duration: 8h 58m

What companies run services between East London, South Africa and Drakensberg, Mokhotlong, Lesotho?

There is no direct connection from East London to Drakensberg. However, you can take the bus to Mount Frere, take the taxi to Matatiele, take the bus to Qhashas Nek, then take the travel to Drakensberg. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Kokstad, take the walk to Kokstad, take the bus to Qhashas Nek, then take the travel to Drakensberg.

Airlines
Airlink
Website
flyairlink.com
Flights from East London to Pietermaritzburg via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from East London to Maseru via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Bus operators
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from East London Windmill to Mount Frere
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Baz Bus
Phone
+27 21 422 5202
Email
info@bazbus.com
Website
bazbus.com
Bus from East London to Kokstad
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
bazbus.com
Vaal Maseru
Phone
014 534 0593/4/5
Email
info@vaalmaseru.co.za
Website
vaalmaseru.co.za
Bus from Kokstad to Qhashas Nek
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
vaalmaseru.co.za
Other operators
Taxi from Mount Frere to Matatiele
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Estimated price
$100 - $130

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