Birmingham - Johannesburg 11th June - 12th July 2010 £628.35 per person @ ebookers.
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Birmingham - Johannesburg 11th June - 12th July 2010 £628.35 per person @ ebookers.

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Found 10th Sep 2009Made hot 10th Sep 2009
Checking out flights for the world cup next year.

This appears to be the cheapest flights to get from the UK - South Africa for the world cup dates.

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seems very reasonable so heat added-only thing is tho-cos Im thinking of going-how does anyone know that england(who I will be following now that we are out),will be anywhere near johannesburg?

when are the groups and stadia for games to be played drawn? I am guaranteed tickets from coca cola so I have no problem with that but dont wanna go to joburg and have to travel hours on a bus to each game.

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barky;6257822

seems very reasonable so heat added-only thing is tho-cos Im thinking of … seems very reasonable so heat added-only thing is tho-cos Im thinking of going-how does anyone know that england(who I will be following now that we are out),will be anywhere near johannesburg?when are the groups and stadia for games to be played drawn? I am guaranteed tickets from coca cola so I have no problem with that but dont wanna go to joburg and have to travel hours on a bus to each game.



There is no way of knowing im affraid but this is the cheapest way to get to south africa and you want to book flights soon as the price will rise quickly - internal flights should be reasonable to get around and coach even more so - Just think of it as an adventure - It is VERY cheap in south africa so you can spend time getting around staying in cheap hotels and enjoying the festival -

This price may well prove to be very decent, but to book now would be nuts. The chances are England will be stationed in one of the other venues and internal travel in SA can be a nightmare.

Trickyjabs;6257905

This price may well prove to be very decent, but to book now would be … This price may well prove to be very decent, but to book now would be nuts. The chances are England will be stationed in one of the other venues and internal travel in SA can be a nightmare.



thats what I was thinking m8-isnt the format usually 2 games at one venue and one at another in the qualifying group?

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Trickyjabs;6257905

This price may well prove to be very decent, but to book now would be … This price may well prove to be very decent, but to book now would be nuts. The chances are England will be stationed in one of the other venues and internal travel in SA can be a nightmare.



Its the case of what would be the better of 2 evils - you would be looking at double for the flight by that time.

sbfc;6257920

Its the case of what would be the better of 2 evils - you would be … Its the case of what would be the better of 2 evils - you would be looking at double for the flight by that time.



If I was going I probably would take a chance on this kind of deal, but you could be making more trouble for youself if England are not playing some/all of their games in Jo'berg (Only about a 1 in 5 chance). The cost of internal flights will be insane, the trains are a complete right off and hiring a car is tantamount to painting 'please bum rape me' on your forehead!

Best of luck to South Africa in hosting the World Cup, but the simple truth is, as a country they are still decades away from being stable and therefore worthy of hosting a major tournement. I blame the corrupt Sloppy Batter!

Is car hire recommended in SA?

The draw for the finals will be on 4th July, see the schedule spreadsheet from Fifa fifa.com/mm/…pdf

It looks as if group games are being played randomly across South Africa rather than grouped locally, transport between the major cities needs "improvement". Hiring a car in South Africa is just the same as hiring a car in other safe places .......................................... like Afghanistan and Iraq! Car-jacking is the national sport of South Africa.

This is a good price for air travel to South Africa, but the logistics of moving internally in South Africa could be a nightmare. Also note flights not available from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff!

Hmmm, I thought as much:roll:

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Im sure there will be special transport between the stadiums. The draw for the group stages will be on December the 4th.

Thanks for the link pugw$sh looking at that it looks like there will be at least 1 game from every group played in joberg - meaning its 50/50 chance of England playing a group game there. As England are likely to be seeded (meaning the best team in the group) I would put money on them playing in Joberg.

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PLUS there is 2 stadiums in Joberg - Soccer city and Ellis park.

At least I'm going to save a fortune as Scotland didn't make it!

pugw$sh;6258522

The draw for the finals will be on 4th July, see the schedule spreadsheet … The draw for the finals will be on 4th July, see the schedule spreadsheet from Fifa http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/preliminarydraw/64/42/24/2010fwc_matchschedule7709.pdf It looks as if group games are being played randomly across South Africa rather than grouped locally, transport between the major cities needs "improvement". Hiring a car in South Africa is just the same as hiring a car in other safe places .......................................... like Afghanistan and Iraq! Car-jacking is the national sport of South Africa.This is a good price for air travel to South Africa, but the logistics of moving internally in South Africa could be a nightmare. Also note flights not available from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff!



how can the draw for the finals be on 4th july when it starts on 11th june??

Sorry 4th December, my holiday starts on 4th July. Too tired to work on two seperate windows at the same time.

Worryingly I may have booked my holiday for the 4th December!!!!!

I'm not interested in going, but great deal. Heard at least 1k touted elsewhere.

If anyone is interested though, I put Birmingham to Johannesburg 11th June to 12th July in out of interest, I got £628.35 (cheaper than the OP) with KLM provided you're ok with 2 stops in Amsterdam and Kenya.

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bonecrusher9000;6260886

I'm not interested in going, but great deal. Heard at least 1k touted … I'm not interested in going, but great deal. Heard at least 1k touted elsewhere.If anyone is interested though, I put Birmingham to Johannesburg 11th June to 12th July in out of interest, I got £628.35 (cheaper than the OP) with KLM provided you're ok with 2 stops in Amsterdam and Kenya.



Its the same flight - they seem to have lowered the price

You might want to read some reviews on Ebookers before booking flights with them.

ciao.co.uk/Rev…067

Not a good deal,just found a deal for a return from Gatwick to Johannesburg with 1 stop for £487.80 (11 June - 13 July)

damn, they gone up.

I got a flight from Manchester to Cape Town(bottom of SA ) last year for £400 from Emirates Airlines (inclu return ticket)

John87;6261460

damn, they gone up.I got a flight from Manchester to Cape Town(bottom of … damn, they gone up.I got a flight from Manchester to Cape Town(bottom of SA ) last year for £400 from Emirates Airlines (inclu return ticket)



you can get MAN to Jo'berg now for
PS you get get MAN to JNB for £505 for June next year *matrix.itasoftware.com/cvg…tch

Bet its cheaper to go from Cardiff or Edinburgh :whistling:

part2;6258390

Is car hire recommended in SA?



Car hire is most definitely recommended. Do NOT take the train, whatever you do!
Just hope England will be playing in a safer city, like Cape Town.
Keep your wits about you though, tourists are usually soft targets to gangsters. Do not flash your mobile, jewellery or Ipod around, and most definitely do not get drunk and cause fights with the locals - chances are you may not come back.

Cape Town and Joburg are the only 2 international airports that service europe. Internal flights will be expensive at that time (try SAA, kulula, Mango and 1time airlines), probably about £250 return pp. Flying indirect is a cheap alernative to get there. You can connect in Doha, Dubai, Nairobi, Cairo, Frankfurt, Paris etc. cheapest is usually emirates or qatar airlines. Contrary to another poster's comment about driving being dangerous, the road network is excellent and most of venues are with 5 hours drive from joburg, with the exceptions being Cape town (1500kms) and Port Elizabeth (1100km). Venues like Nelspruit are 5 hours from Joburg and right near the Kruger Park so you can do a safari while there (have a look at [url]www.mistymountain.co.za[/url] for an example of accomodation). Sun City is 170km from joburg and is a world class resort built by Sol Kerzner (same guy that did atlantis in the carribean). Durban is also 5 hours from joburg, around 28 degrees in winter and has an amazing coastline. My advice is stay outside of the major cities, only book into the more expensive hotels on match days near the stadiums and enjoy. Better to have your cash benefitting local communities than multinational chains that are hiking up the prices. Thats my take on it, i'll be there anyway, I'm moving back to Saffa land next month!

muthatuck;6261841

Car hire is most definitely recommended. Do NOT take the train, whatever … Car hire is most definitely recommended. Do NOT take the train, whatever you do!Just hope England will be playing in a safer city, like Cape Town.Keep your wits about you though, tourists are usually soft targets to gangsters. Do not flash your mobile, jewellery or Ipod around, and most definitely do not get drunk and cause fights with the locals - chances are you may not come back.



So wish what everyone is say was not true but I have met lots of SA peeps this year and they have all pretty much said the same thing. SA is a pretty dangerous place and you need to be very very very careful.

Just found £489 from london gatwick to jo'burg from 11 june - 26 june 2009. with Afriqiyah Airways.

sorry voted cold as I am finding some flights that are under £550.

wordsworth;6261979

So wish what everyone is say was not true but I have met lots of SA peeps … So wish what everyone is say was not true but I have met lots of SA peeps this year and they have all pretty much said the same thing. SA is a pretty dangerous place and you need to be very very very careful.


Same old I have heard!! I have been to South Africa and I hired a car and didn't have any problems. If you follow the same rules as you would anywhere else in the world and are not stupid about things, you will be fine. It's probably safer to go south africa for the world cup than to go to Italy for a football match. South Africa has an excellent road network and if you don't go around with the usual " I am a tourist look at me" that some people do then you will be fine. By the way I am NOT South African, just for the record. If you have to travel, enjoy, it's a beautiful country.

jinkssick;6262340

Just found £489 from london gatwick to jo'burg from 11 june - 26 june … Just found £489 from london gatwick to jo'burg from 11 june - 26 june 2009. with Afriqiyah Airways.sorry voted cold as I am finding some flights that are under £550.


Surely you haven't flown Afriqiyah or looked at their ratings, I'd pay extra to avoid them.

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jinkssick;6262340

Just found £489 from london gatwick to jo'burg from 11 june - 26 june … Just found £489 from london gatwick to jo'burg from 11 june - 26 june 2009. with Afriqiyah Airways.sorry voted cold as I am finding some flights that are under £550.



Also you would be missing some of the 2nd round the quarter finals, semi finals and the final - seems pointless booking those dates unless you think England are going home after the first round

Prices are crazy for the World Cup!

I was lucky enough to get tickets to 2 games in Cape Town but now have to consider selling them as the flights had gone up to £921 last time I checked (probably more now). :x

This summer (their winter) I saw flights for £350!

Takes the p!ss.

Don't suppose they will get any cheaper...

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marcofoo;6263162

Prices are crazy for the World Cup!I was lucky enough to get tickets to 2 … Prices are crazy for the World Cup!I was lucky enough to get tickets to 2 games in Cape Town but now have to consider selling them as the flights had gone up to £921 last time I checked (probably more now). :xThis summer (their winter) I saw flights for £350!Takes the p!ss.Don't suppose they will get any cheaper...



Sell 1 ticket - use the money to buy a flight - what dates do you need to go im sure I will find it for less than 921

At least, with it being a winter tournament for the first time - England have a chance that half our players won't be practically dead after 75 minutes. Now if we can stop the latinos from diving (average world cup game - 40 minutes ball in play v 65 mins for Premiership) we might even enjoy the tournament.

guv;6263278

My neice and nephew often have to work in Jo'burg. It's obviously got a … My neice and nephew often have to work in Jo'burg. It's obviously got a bad reputation for being usafe. Other places do too - but they said its the only place they've ever been to, that the reality is actually worse than initial thoughts of what it'll be like.



Jesus! :oops:

Im going out there for 2 games.. Hope I come back on one peice. The same goes for my Ar5e! :whistling:

sbfc;6263258

Sell 1 ticket - use the money to buy a flight - what dates do you need to … Sell 1 ticket - use the money to buy a flight - what dates do you need to go im sure I will find it for less than 921



Got tickets for games on 21st and 29th June. 4 people.

Was planning on getting there around the 19th and leaving on the 3rd. Dates flexible.

As a South African I gotta say, hire a car.

It'll be a hack of a drive though. Cape Town to Pretoria is over 1500km (We drove it often)

Will be cheaper to fly locally and rent a car locally. My only worry is that car hire prices are going to sky-rocket.

Avoid trains, avoid buses. Heck avoid all public transport.

I think there might be a new link from Pretoria to Joburg but for Duban, P.E. and Cape Town forget it

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marcofoo;6265550

Got tickets for games on 21st and 29th June. 4 people.Was planning on … Got tickets for games on 21st and 29th June. 4 people.Was planning on getting there around the 19th and leaving on the 3rd. Dates flexible.



where from?

sbfc;6266113

where from?



Am based in London but don't mind travelling as far as Manchester to save some £.

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marcofoo;6265550

Got tickets for games on 21st and 29th June. 4 people.Was planning on … Got tickets for games on 21st and 29th June. 4 people.Was planning on getting there around the 19th and leaving on the 3rd. Dates flexible.



Cheapest flight I could find is £616.56 booking with Ebookers again flying with Kenya airways leaving Heathrow on 19th June leaving Jo'burg on 3rd back to heathrow - This is with a connecting flight from nairobi -

You can fly direct with BA for £846.20

sbfc;6279216

Cheapest flight I could find is £616.56 booking with Ebookers again … Cheapest flight I could find is £616.56 booking with Ebookers again flying with Kenya airways leaving Heathrow on 19th June leaving Jo'burg on 3rd back to heathrow - This is with a connecting flight from nairobi - You can fly direct with BA for £846.20



Thanks, but going to Cape Town which isn't so cheap.
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