Durban is a cosmopolitan city located on the east coast of South Africa, looking out to the Indian Ocean. With a revamped waterfront, home to a mix of people, spicy foods and a warm tropical climate, Durban is an amazing city to visit. Wrapped around a sheltered bay, Durban, is a gateway to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal and Drakensberg regions, has many galleries to explore, along with gold-sand beaches and a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars. Nature lovers will enjoy the Durban Botanic Gardens, Hawaan Forest and the Umegeni River Bird Park, while sports fans will enjoy a cricket game at Kings Park Stadium. There is something for everyone in the diverse city.
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Durban (DUR)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Durban
Fly Melbourne to Durban (MEL to DUR)
The approximate time for a flight from Melbourne to Durban is 20 hours and 10 minutes.
When to visit
Durban has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and pleasantly warm and dry winters, which are snow and frost-free. Durban has an annual rainfall of 1,009 millimetres (39.7 in). The average temperature in summer is 24°C, while in winter the average is 17°C.
What is the main airport called?
King Shaka International Airport (DUR)Opens in a new tab or window. Abbreviated KSIA, is the primary international airport serving Durban, South Africa. Located in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of the city centre of Durban.
Arriving in Durban
The staff at Durban Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are different transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Durban from Durban Airport
With a range of transport options available at the airport, makes it easy to get to the city centre. If you want a private vehicle then a taxi is the best option. Car hire is available outside the terminal building and it’s best to pre-arrange your vehicle. King Shaka Airport shuttle bus, is a convenient and cheap public transport option with shuttles running constantly to stops in and around Durban. There is a bus service from the airport to popular spots in Durban and major hotels. It’s easy and safe to book an Uber, take a taxi or minibus.
Getting around Durban
The best way to get around Durban is to hire a car to explore the city and the KwaZulu-Natal province at your own pace. Uber is a popular and safe way to get you where you want to go. Other options include the city bus service and Metrorail local trains, although not highly recommended for tourists. In the city, a tuk-tuk is a fun and colourful way to get around, metered taxis, tours, a sightseeing bus or hire a bike to cruise along the beachside.
Fly from Melbourne
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What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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