Cheap Flights to Bulawayo

Bulawayo overview

Bulawayo - known to most as the City of Kings - is Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Taking a cheap flight to Bulawayo may only take roughly an hour, yet it’s far enough to allow you to feel like you’ve escaped the boundaries of home soil. Once here, you’ll be able to relax in the abundance of parks, but you can also dive into the city’s rich history by visiting the array of museums. Perhaps you’d like to indulge in an authentic African safari, but whatever you’re into, Bulawayo is sure to cater to your every need!

When is the best time to fly to Bulawayo?

Peak season:

The summer months in Bulawayo are characterized by warm and humid conditions, making it ideal for outdoor adventure, and as such, this is the peak tourism season. September through April might be hot and happening with regards to travel, but keep in mind that you’ll have to make your flight and accommodation bookings well in advance if you’re planning a trip to Bulawayo during this time if you want to avoid overpaying for late bookings.

Off season:

Bulawayo has a cool winter which runs from May through August, which is the off tourism season. Off-peak accommodation rates and discounted flight prices can often be found when booking flights to Bulawayo during this time of the year.

When is the best time to book a flight to Bulawayo?

Booking a flight to Bulawayo in the months of May through August may see you landing the cheapest deals. Be sure to book your flight tickets well in advance if you plan on visiting Bulawayo over the festive season as rates increase during the peak season. Another thing that might help you secure discounted prices is if you are a little more flexible with your travel dates, comparing packages on offer from various airlines based on a few different days and times.

How long is the flight to Bulawayo?

Johannesburg to Bulawayo     1 hour, 20 minutes

Durban to Bulawayo               4 hours, 25 minutes

Cape Town to Bulawayo        5 hours, 5 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Bulawayo?

South African Airways, British Airways, Kiwi Intl Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Eurowings are among the most popular airlines operating cheap flights to and from Bulawayo. Depending on your travel dates and your budget, some airlines may be able to offer you more onboard comfort while others will help you stay as close to your budget as possible with discounted fare. Go ahead and compare your options before making a final call on which airline to use for your flight to Bulawayo.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

Upon your arrival at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo, you’ll have to make your way roughly six kilometers to get to the city center. Getting to the city center can be done via taxis, airport shuttle buses, and rental cars. Keep in mind that there are no public buses operating transfers between the airport and the city, but perhaps you may want to consider using the Rovos Rail luxury train for your transfer to the city.

Bulawayo insider information

  • For some retail therapy, try swinging by the Fife Street Outdoor Market near City Hall or purchase some souvenirs at Tendele Craft Shop on 12th Avenue.
  • Bulawayo’s Matobo National Park consists of a vast collection of granite hills and impressive rock formations, which is why it’s renowned as a spiritually significant area. Tourists visiting the Matobo hills UNESCO World Heritage Site may be lucky enough to spot some leopard and rhino!
  • The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage offers visitors a unique opportunity of meeting and interacting with orphaned wildlife, making it a great destination for families to visit.
  • The Railway Museum in Bulawayo is one of a few of its kind in the world, and it’s a site well worth seeing while you’re in the city. Visitors to the museum will be able to view a marvelous collection of old train engines, and the photo opportunities at the colonial ticket offices make for the perfect spot to capture great memories!

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