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

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Fly  •  3 h 14 min

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

$74 - $197

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Train  •  20 h

  1. Take the train from Johannesburg Park to East London

$16 - $35

2 alternative options

Bus  •  16 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Johannesburg to East London Greyhound

$28 - $50

Drive  •  11 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Johannesburg to East London 597.6 miles

$90 - $140

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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 costs R 1 000 - R 2 900 and takes 3 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Johannesburg and arriving at East London. Services depart twice 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, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 20 h.

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The distance between Johannesburg and East London is 758 km. The road distance is 956.1 km.

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The best way to get from Johannesburg to East London without a car is to bus which takes 16 h 40 min and costs R 400 - R 700.

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It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to get from Johannesburg to East London, including transfers.

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Johannesburg to East London bus services, operated by InterCape, depart from Johannesburg station.

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Johannesburg to East London train services, operated by Shosholoza Meyl, depart from Johannesburg Park station.

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The best way to get from Johannesburg to East London is to fly which takes 3 h 14 min and costs R 1 000 - R 2 900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 400 - R 700 and takes 16 h 40 min, you could also train, which costs R 240 - R 490 and takes 20 h.

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Map of how to get from Johannesburg to East London.
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  • Distance: 473.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 14 min

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

South African Airways, Safair and two other airlines fly from Johannesburg to East London every 4 hours. Alternatively, InterCape operates a bus from Johannesburg to East London twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Durban
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Comair
Website
comair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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
$16 - $35
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$16 - $25
1st Class
$29 - $40
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
$30 - $50
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
12 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $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 - $50
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za

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The quickest flight from Johannesburg Airport to East London Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Johannesburg to East London bus services, operated by InterCape, arrive at East London station.

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Johannesburg to East London train services, operated by Shosholoza Meyl, arrive at East London station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Johannesburg to East London is 956 km. It takes approximately 11 h 43 min to drive from Johannesburg to East London.

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Mango, Comair, Safair and South African Airways offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to East London Airport.

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There are 174+ hotels available in East London. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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