Pietermaritzburg’s climate is warm and temperate, with summer occurring from December to early March. Average temperatures during these months range from 15°C to as high as 27°C and rainfall is at its highest. Finding cheap flights to Pietermaritzburg during peak season won’t be as much of a challenge as it would be in other cities, as tourism levels remain generally constant throughout the year. Christmas and New Years are usually peak months due to school holidays and the influx of individuals buying return flight tickets to the city from other parts of South Africa.
The months from April to early August is generally off-peak season in Pietermaritzburg. This is its autumnal/winter period and its driest season with lower temperatures of around 0°C to around 23°C. Very little rainfall occurs during this period and finding the cheapest flights to Pietermaritzburg is easy. A number of events, including the Comrades Marathon and Wildsfees attract visitors to this region during the off-peak season.
Spring is the best season to fly to Pietermaritzburg and take advantage of the cheapest flight tickets as well as the pleasant weather conditions. From September to November, daytime temperatures average around 24°C and precipitation increases gradually as the year progresses. With the steady influx of tourists to this city throughout the year, it is always advisable to book plane tickets to Pietermaritzburg at least 3 months in advance.
Flights from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg – 4 hours 35 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Durban to Pietermaritzburg – 4 hours 15 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Pietermaritzburg – 7 hours 55 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from George to Pietermaritzburg – 7 hours 10 minutes (average 1 stop).
South African Airways is the airline through which you’ll be able to book flight tickets. Remember when looking for flights to Pietermaritzburg – prices will vary according to how flexible you can be around travel dates. Flying during the week is generally more cost-effective than leaving or returning on the weekend.
The best way to travel from the airport to the city centre is to make use of metre taxis, which are situated at a number of points near the airport. It is also possible for guests who have confirmed their flights to Pietermaritzburg, to arrange for an airport shuttle service. Depending on the luggage capacity of the shuttle, costs per person range around R200. There are also a number of car hiring companies based at the airport. These include AVIS, First Car Rental and Europcar.