|Most popular in||February||High demand for flights, 3% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||R15 082||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||R14 967||From Johannesburg to Jamestown|
The average flight time from the UK to St Helena is around 20h, but this varies dramatically from airline to airline. It will also be affected by the number of stopovers on the flight. Most flights include at least two. The most common airports to depart from in the UK are London Heathrow, which is very large and very busy, and Manchester Airport, which is smaller and quieter. The only airport available for disembarking is St Helena Airport, which is the island nation’s sole international airport.
Unfortunately, there are no cities in the UK offering direct flights to St Helena. In fact, there are no cities offering travel to the island with fewer than two stopovers, and some flights require three. You can book a flight out of London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Note that a two stopover flight might take 20h, or it could require up to 42h. Some of the flights with three stopovers can take as much as 47h to complete.
The best way to explore St Helena is by car. You will find car hire options at the international airport, as well as throughout the island’s more urban areas. Note that there are only local car hire options. In addition to car hire, you can also hire a taxi, which is a simpler but more expensive way to explore the island. Because none of the island’s taxis use meters, it is important to agree to a rate before setting off. Note that there is no domestic air travel here, nor is there any sort of rail service. You may be able to rent a boat to get to coastal destinations, though.
While St Helena might be small, the island is filled with interesting things to see and do. The Penn Center is a popular stop with most visitors, as is the ruined Chapel of Ease. Fort Fremont is worth exploring, and a visit to the York W. Bailey Museum is also fun. Other options include The Kayak Farm, the Lowcountry Store, the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, Macdonald Marketplace, and the island’s Brick Baptist Church.
While St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha are technically part of the British Overseas Territories, you will still need a passport to enter. It must also be valid for at least six months after your date of entry. You do not need a visa to visit St Helena Island, but if you intend to visit Ascension Island, you will need to get permission before going. You must have an approved permit application from the island’s government. All travelers will need to show proof of a return ticket to enter the islands.