East London is a beautiful, coastal city that is situated around 1000km away from Cape Town on the East coast of South Africa in the Eastern Cape. Another name for East London is Buffalo City. The city is on the Sunshine Coast and the beaches of East London are some of the city’s main drawing points travellers are encouraged to visit the warm Indian Ocean at Nahoon Beach, Gonubie Beach, Orient Beach, and Cove Rock. Another interesting fact about East London is that it is currently the only river port in South Africa.
If you are in Durban and you are wanting to visit East London, you are probably wondering where and how you are going to find the most affordable flights. Luckily, we’ve put in the hard work and have put together a quick guide to the how to get the cheapest flights from Durban to East London, when the best time to visit East London is and what you can expect to do in East London. Let’s have a closer look at everything you need to know before jumping on a plane and visiting East London.
Expectant flight costs and how to save on your tickets
The East London Airport (ELS) is a small, yet reliable and friendly, airport. The airport serves multiple airlines including Airlink and South African Airways, but FlySafair is by far the most common and most affordable.
Return flights between Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and Port Elizabeth Airport cost between R1800 and R4000, depending on when you’d like to fly. If you are looking for a direct flight, you can expect to pay between R750 and R1200. March and April are up to 16% more expensive for flight bookings than the other months. Your cheapest flights to East London are in August. Try to book a morning flight about 60 days before you’d like to fly and avoid booking on a Thursday to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
What to do in East London
East London may be a city on the smaller side, but it definitely jamp packed with fun things to do for every member of the family. The number one thing we’d recommend you do while you’re in East London is to visit the Nahoon Beach at the Nahoon river mouth on the North side of the city. This beautiful, quiet, and pristine beach is the perfect place to spend a sunny day relaxing with your friends and family. The waves are beautiful to surf or admire and the long stretches of soft, sandy beach make for a wonderful place to take a long, romantic stroll.
Other places to visit are the East London Museum, East London Lion Park, East London Aquarium, and the East London Zoo. If you are more into shopping and enjoying local food art, clothes, and more, carve out some time to visit the Lavender Blue Organic Market. This beautiful city is a wonderful place to travel to and it is sure to be an incredibly enjoyable experience.