Cheap flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha

The best prices from Johannesburg to Mthatha Umtata are usually found in June or April, booked 57 days in advance, depart on a Thursday or Tuesday and return on a Thursday

How to find the cheapest flight from Johannesburg to Mthatha

All the information you need to plan the best ZA1 to UTT flight in 2022: compare Johannesburg to Mthatha flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Mthatha.



R169 - R244

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Average price

R3 446

Average for round-trip flights in January 2022

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R2 611

From Johannesburg to Mthatha Umtata

What is the cheapest day to fly return from Johannesburg to Mthatha?

Departing on a Wednesday is a good option for securing a great price. You can expect to save up to 25% when planning your travel around this day of the week.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Johannesburg to Mthatha?

Users have found that booking a flight from Johannesburg to Mthatha at least 54 days early can save you up to 22% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 54 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha for as little as R3 399 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as R3 770 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Johannesburg to Mthatha?

June can be a great time to fly to Mthatha from Johannesburg with a flight ticket averaging about R3 200. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of June for as cheap as R2 441. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of August.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Johannesburg to Mthatha (ZA1 - UTT)?

It’s typically best to fly out from Johannesburg to Mthatha at midday. Doing so could potentially save you 8% on the flight price compared to flying in the morning, which is usually more expensive.

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Johannesburg to Mthatha flights.

What airports serve Johannesburg to Mthatha flights?

The amount of airports available to serve flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha are limited in quantity. The only airport available to fly from Johannesburg is O.R. Tambo International Airport and likewise Mthatha Airport is the only option when arriving in Umtata / Mthatha. Umtata was renamed to Mthatha in 2004, so it may confuse some when they look for flights for Umtata and instead Mthatha appears in flight directories at times, though sometimes it will still recognize that you are searching for Umtata.

Which airlines fly directly from Johannesburg to Mthatha?

Most direct flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha are handled by South African Airways: South African Airways, which typically is operated by Airlink or South African Express, provides an array of flights, however due to the locations and airlines being limited it could cause queue times for flights to be slightly longer. Prices for the faster flights will always be more expensive than slower flights, though there is little distance due to the flight averaging only a few minutes difference.

What are the stopover options between Johannesburg to Mthatha?

There are not many stopover options when flying from Johannesburg to Mthatha due to it being such a short distance away, via a flight. When flying with South African Airlines, whether it be operated by South African Express or Airlink, the flights can range from 1h 15m-1h 30m.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly from Johannesburg to Mthatha / Umtata?

Due to Johannesburg and Umtata, which is now called Mthatha, if you are a citizen of South Africa, you will not be required to have a visa in order to travel to Mthatha. All that will be required of you is a form of photo identification which doesn’t necessarily have to be a passport but can also be a valid driver’s license in order to be able to board the plane.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Mthatha from Johannesburg?

Most people fly into Mthatha Umtata (UTT) if they book a flight to Mthatha from Johannesburg. On average, Umtata has 2 inbound flights from Johannesburg per day from 1 airline. Mthatha Umtata is conveniently located just 11,4 km from Mthatha’s city centre.

How popular is this Johannesburg to Mthatha flight route?

The Johannesburg to Mthatha Umtata flight path was viewed by 5 958 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

Alternative routes for Johannesburg to Mthatha

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Top airline flying from Johannesburg to Mthatha

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Johannesburg to Mthatha choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
South African
CheapestR1 400
AverageR3 184
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Johannesburg to Mthatha

See what time of day planes typically take off from Johannesburg to Mthatha
32%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
37%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
31%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
0%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
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Weekly flight availability from Johannesburg to Mthatha

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Johannesburg to Mthatha
Sunday2daily flights
Monday3daily flights
Tuesday3daily flights
Wednesday3daily flights
Thursday3daily flights
Friday3daily flights
Saturday2daily flights