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Welcome to Durban International (La Mercy)

The airport is 22 miles (35km) north of Durban.

Information & Facts

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available from outside the departures terminal and cost about R400 to the city centre, approximately an hour away. The price is per journey not per passenger. Taxi services include Lighthouse Cabs (083 440 8650), Mgazi Tours (031 462 1201) and Akkers Shuttles (031 274 1824).

Car Parking

Plentiful parking is available.

Car Rental

Numerous car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Khaya, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National.

City Transfers

The airport can be accessed by car via the N2 from Durban. A rail link is expected to be completed by 2011.


Tel: +27 (0)86 727 7888.

Departure Tax

The newly built airport terminal has a modern and substantial range of facilities. These include ATMS, banks, lounges, a post office, restaurants and bars, and 52 retail outlets. Disabled facilities are excellent; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.

South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely spoken.

South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.

Local time is GMT +2.

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