Durban travel guide

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You're Going to Love Durban

Durban offers a blend of African, European, and Indian culture, as well as a vibrant waterfront, superb weather, and ready access to some of South Africa's best beaches. Long a magnet for outdoor lovers, Durban has something for everyone.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Durban

1. Sublime Coastline

Durban is a wonderful base to explore South Africa's east coast. Bodyboard at North Beach, surf at Bay of Plenty, or fish at Blue Lagoon.

2. Wonderful Family Attractions

Durban isn't known as "South Africa's Playground" for nothing. Families can unwind at great attractions like the water park and aquarium at uShaka Marine World.

3. Swimming with Sharks and Meeting Crocodiles

If you want to get up close and personal, you can dive with (harmless) sharks at Blue Wilderness or see thousands of fearsome reptiles at Crocodile Creek.

4. Relax at a Casino

Durban's playground reputation was built around huge casinos like Suncoast - an entertainment complex with gambling, beaches, food, and shows to enjoy every day of the year.

5. See Some South African Sports

South Africans love their sport. Why not catch the cricket at Kingsmead or see the Springboks battle it out in a rugby game at Kings Park Stadium?

Where to Eat in Durban

Try Butcher Boys Grill for authentic South African meat (a national obsession), dine on excellent seafood at Harvey's, sample African cuisine at moyo Ushaka, or enjoy first-rate curry at restaurants like Little Gujarat. Prices will vary, but a good meal shouldn't cost more than R100.

When to visit Durban

Durban in May
Estimated hotel price
$79
1 night at 3-star hotel
Durban in May
Estimated hotel price
$79
1 night at 3-star hotel

Durban enjoys 320 days of sunshine every year, so most months are ideal for outdoor lovers. In fact, winter (June to August) could be the ideal time to go, with temperatures rarely dipping below 70 degrees.

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How to Get to Durban

Plane

King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is 30 miles out of town. From there, a taxi will cost around R400, while the airport shuttle costs R80.

Train

Trains from Johannesburg to Durban are operated by Shosholoza Meyl/South African Railways (R360, around 12 hours).

Car

From Cape Town or Port Elizabeth, follow highway 2 around the coast. From Johannesburg, take highway 3 straight to Durban.

Bus

Companies operating buses to Durban include Baz Bus, Citiliner, Greyhound, and Translux, with connections to all major South African cities.

Airports near Durban

Airlines serving Durban

British Airways
Good (23,339 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,603 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,525 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,772 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,874 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (2,079 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (2,709 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (4,642 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (669 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (6,313 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (1,259 reviews)
FlySafair
Good (69 reviews)
South African
Good (1,850 reviews)
Cemair
Good (5 reviews)
Kulula
Good (222 reviews)
Proflight Zambia
Good (13 reviews)
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Where to stay in Durban

Some of Durban's best hotels include the Suncoast (which also offers a casino complex), the seafront Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, and the more central Hilton Durban.

Popular neighbourhoods in Durban

City Center - dominated by modern office buildings, Durban's center has excellent museums like the KwaMuhle Museum - a powerful record of the history of Apartheid.

Beachfront - visitors and locals alike gravitate towards Beachfront, with its sand, water parks, casinos, and recently renovated promenade.

Berea - a historical gem, Berea is full of colonial-era homes, as well as the Durban Botanical Gardens and less crowded sands at Bluff Beaches.

Where to stay in popular areas of Durban

Most booked hotels in Durban

Sandals Guest House
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
$140+
The Oyster Box
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
$547+
Belaire Suites Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$91+
Beverly Hills
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$423+
Holiday Inn Express Durban - Umhlanga
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$113+
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$153+
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How to Get Around Durban

Public Transportation

Mynah buses run between Durban's suburbs (R2.40 per journey) while the People Mover operates on inner city routes (R16 for a day pass). Aqualine also run buses to resorts along the coast.

Taxi

Taxis need to be pre-booked, and will cost around R18 for the meter drop, then R25 per mile.

Car

You can rent cars from branches of Dollar, Avis, and Europcar, with daily prices as low as R140.

The Cost of Living in Durban

Shopping Streets

Gateway Theatre of Shopping claims to be the largest mall in the southern hemisphere. However, if you want something more intimate, try Essenwood Craft Market, where you'll find Zulu art and soapstone figurines.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Durban include Shoprite, Checksave, and Saverite. As an indication, expect to pay around R25 for 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
$11.64
A pair of jeans
$74.84
Single public transport ticket
$1.29
Cappuccino
$2.26