There are 5 ways to get from South Africa to Zambia by plane, bus or car

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Fly Johannesburg to Lusaka  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Lusaka (LUN) JNB - LUN

$195 - $287

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Bus  •  20 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka

$50

3 alternative options

Fly Johannesburg to Ndola  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Ndola (NLA) JNB - NLA

$295 - $980

Fly Durban to Lusaka  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Durban (DUR) to Lusaka (LUN) DUR - LUN

$340 - $776

Drive  •  17 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Johannesburg to Lusaka 1003.3 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from South Africa to Zambia is to bus which costs R 714 and takes 20 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from South Africa to Zambia is to fly which costs R 2 800 - R 4 200 and takes 2 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Johannesburg and arriving at Lusaka. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 20 h 27 min.

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The distance between South Africa and Zambia is 1612 km. The road distance is 1605.3 km.

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The best way to get from South Africa to Zambia without a car is to bus which takes 20 h 27 min and costs R 714.

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It takes approximately 2 h 25 min to get from South Africa to Zambia, including transfers.

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South Africa to Zambia bus services, operated by Shalom Bus Services, depart from Johannesburg station.

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The best way to get from South Africa to Zambia is to fly which takes 2 h 25 min and costs R 2 800 - R 4 200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 714 and takes 20 h 27 min.

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The quickest flight from Johannesburg Airport to Lusaka Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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South Africa to Zambia bus services, operated by Shalom Bus Services, arrive at Lusaka station.

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Map of how to get from South Africa to Zambia.
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  • Distance: 1007.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 25 min

What companies run services between South Africa and Zambia?

Rwandair Express and South African Airways fly from Benoni to Lusaka 5 times a day. Alternatively, Shalom Bus Services operates a bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka once daily, and the journey takes 20 h 27 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Johannesburg to Ndola
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $950
Flights from Durban to Lusaka via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Proflight Zambia
Website
proflight-zambia.com
Flights from Durban to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$650 - $2,200
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Bus operators
Shalom Bus Services
Phone
+260 966 828610
Website
thebestofzambia.com
Bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
20 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
thebestofzambia.com
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Johanneburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
20 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$52
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za

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Yes, the driving distance between South Africa to Zambia is 1605 km. It takes approximately 17 h 32 min to drive from South Africa to Zambia.

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Rwandair Express and South African Airways offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to Lusaka Airport.

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The best way to get from South Africa to Johannesburg Airport is to taxi which takes 14 min and costs R 210 - R 260.

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