Cheap flights to Mthatha

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Flights to Mthatha in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inAprilHigh demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest inAugustBest time to find cheap flights, 1% potential price drop
Average priceR5 703Average for return flights in August 2022

What is the cheapest month to fly to Mthatha?

The cheapest ticket to Mthatha found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.


R3 917


R3 294


R3 982


R4 376


R4 244


R4 425


R4 163


R3 523


R3 589


R3 671


R3 704


R3 622

February is currently the cheapest month to fly to Mthatha. At this moment in time June is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Mthatha?

Average Mthatha flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month



R3 291 - R5 061

Peak season 

Mthatha sees an influx of tourists during summer although it has a pleasant weather most of the year. Late March to early May is classed as the autumn season and is a great time to visit. The same applies for early spring which runs late September to early December. 

Off Season 

May to September is a good time to find cheap flights to Mthatha when it is coolest with temperatures falling up to 4-5 degrees in the evenings.

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

Booking 60 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Mthatha. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Mthatha?

The cheapest day to fly to Mthatha is usually Thursday. At the moment, Sunday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Mthatha?

Mthatha flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the afternoon. Booking a flight at midday will likely mean higher prices.

When is the best time to book flights to Mthatha?

You’ll find cheap flights to Mthatha if you can be flexible with your dates and your departure airport too. Try booking at least two months in advance although if you can book even earlier you’ll increase your chances of saving money. The winter months offer a respite from the heat although it is very dry. If you go to any national parks in search of wild game then you’ll have much more chance of seeing them during the summer.

How long is the flight to Mthatha?

Flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha: 1 hour 15 minutes 

Flights from Cape Town to Mthatha: 4 hours 40 minutes 

Flights from George to Mthatha: 6 hours 10 minutes 

Flights from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha: 4 hours 05 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Mthatha?

Although there are a couple of airlines that offer cheap flights to Mthatha, South African Airways dominates the market. South African are relatively reasonable and provide a good level or service. You can also join their loyalty scheme which is very helpful if you intend on purchasing flight tickets with them frequently.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Getting to the centre from the airport isn’t necessarily difficult however there are limited options. The main way of transport is to get a taxi from the airport. You can find them outside of arrivals but make sure you agree on the fee before getting in as they can sometime overcharge. You can also pre-arrange for either a car or shuttle to collect you from the airport. You can arrange this after you have booked your flights to Mthatha. You can also see if you can find any accommodation that provide transfers in with the price as this will save you having to find your own way. Lastly you can rent a car from the airport. This can be useful if you plan on travelling around the area as transport can be difficult to find other than with a taxi.

What is good to know if travelling to Mthatha?

  • Mthatha is home to one of three museums dedicated to Nelson Mandela and should definitely be visited whilst you are here.
  • Once you’ve secured your flight tickets you can look into things to do once you arrive. Plan a day to visit Qunu which is a few kilometres south of Mthatha and is the home village of Mandela.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Mthatha?

For a flight to Mthatha, you will be flying into Umtata. Mthatha Umtata (UTT) is just 11,4 km from the centre of the city.

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