There are 4 ways to get from Johannesburg to East London by plane, bus, train or car

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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Fly  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to East London (ELS) JNB - ELS

$76 - $199

Cheapest option

Train  •  20 h

  1. Take the train from Johannesburg Park to East London

$18 - $40

2 alternative options

Bus  •  16 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Johannesburg to East London Greyhound

$30 - $55

Drive  •  11 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Johannesburg to East London 597.6 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Johannesburg to East London is to train which costs R 240 - R 490 and takes 20 h.

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The quickest way to get from Johannesburg to East London is to fly which takes 3 h 15 min and costs R 1 000 - R 2 700.

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The distance between Johannesburg and East London is 758 km. The road distance is 956 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to get from Johannesburg to East London, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Johannesburg and arriving at East London. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 16 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Johannesburg Park and arriving at East London. Services depart three times a week. The journey takes approximately 20 h.

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What companies run services between Johannesburg, South Africa and East London, South Africa?

South African Airways, Comair and Safair fly from Johannesburg to East London every 4 hours. Alternatively, InterCape operates a bus from Johannesburg to East London twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 16 h 40 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Durban
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Comair
Website
comair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Train from Johannesburg Park to East London
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $40
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$18 - $26
1st Class
$30 - $45
Bus operators
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
16 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
13 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za

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