Durban International Airport
The newly-built Durban King Shaka International Airport is a state-of-the-art facility 21 miles (34km) north of Durban on the west coast of South Africa.
Constructed specially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the airport is spacious and modern, and handles only half of its 7.5 million-passenger capacity every year, meaning the facility never feels crowded.
Most flights to Durban King Shaka International Airport are domestic flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, and George. However, there are limited international routes to Mauritius, Mozambique, and Dubai.
While the airport's facilities are state-of-the-art, the facility's remote location is an inconvenient introduction to Durban due to the total lack of public transportation.
The airport is 21 miles (34km) north of Durban.
Getting to the city
The airport can be accessed by car via the N2 from Durban. Taxis are available and there are shuttles to the city centre and major beachfront hotels, which can booked through the airport's information desk.
Tel: +27 32 436 6758
Numerous car rental companies are represented at the airport including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar, National and Hertz.
Many taxi companies operate from outside the arrivals terminal. The journey to the city takes from 30 minutes to an hour. Generally, the price is per journey and not per passenger. Private companies such as Uber also operate, providing transport to the city centre.
The newly built airport terminal has a modern and substantial range of facilities, including ATMs, banks, lounges, restaurants and bars, a prayer room, and a large variety of retail outlets. Disabled facilities are excellent, although those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Plenty of parking is available within easy walking distance of the terminal. The pick-up zone is free for the first 20 minutes, tariffs beginning thereafter at ZAR 25. Multi-storey parking is also available as well as shaded and long-stay options.
Four free hours of wifi are provided to passengers in the boarding areas of the airport. Alternatively, customers can make use of 1 gigabyte of data. However, if the four hours elapse or passengers use all their data, they can top up with a pay-as-you-go service.
Business services are provided in the BIDAir Premium Lounge, with payed entrance, on the third level, including phones, newspapers, televisions, and snacks.
Durban International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.