Victoria Falls Travel
How to get there? is one of the most common questions we are asked, we hope to shed some light on this below...
The three major access options to Victoria Falls are quite obviously Air, Rail and Road we have broken them down into these sections below.
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Getting to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Travel by ** Air **
Victoria Falls Town (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone Town (Zambia) both have international airports. These are serviced by several flights a day from various destinations, see the schedule below.
You can fly into either of these airports and catch a short road transfer (needs to be booked) across the border, if your accommodation is booked in the other country.
Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone Airport (Zambia) are the closest to the Falls themselves. But, you can also fly into Kasane Airport (Botswana), and take an hour long road transfer into Victoria Falls town (this road transfer does involve a border crossing). This is an important initial decision.
Other Major Airports
Zimbabwe has two other international airports in Harare and Bulawayo. However,
these are hundreds of kilometres away, and getting to Victoria Falls from there
would require an additional expensive flight, or a long and expensive road transfer.
Which Airport to Use and Where to Stay
Flights into Zambia are sometimes cheaper than the flights into Zimbabwe, however higher prices for accommodation and activities, can balance the sums. Plus, if you are staying in Zimbabwe, you need to factor in the transfer fees and the time it takes to cross the border.
If you are unsure as to which country to stay in please visit this page Zimbabwe or Zambia it should help you to make a decision.
You might need a visa (check here) which is given to you at the airport and then catch your transfer into town. The time this process takes all depends on how full the flight is, so at peak times of year with full aircraft it can take a couple of hours to clear customs and catch your bus into town, in quieter times this can be done in under an hour, so just bear this in mind when booking any activities on the afternoon you arrive. Generally there is sufficient time for a sunset cruise or a helicopter flight.
Below are detailed flight schedules of the airlines that fly into Victoria Falls Airport.
Updated on 14th September 2023
The different airlines that fly to Victoria Falls (and the surrounding area) are:
• SA Airlink (Victoria Falls, Kasane and Livingstone)
Victoria Falls Flights
Ethiopian Airlines (ET)
Eurowings Discover (4Y)
*Please note: FastJet schedules tend to change more frequently than most, and schedules depend on the season. When booking, you may find different times for the flights on their website.
FlySafAir (FA) (Flights Start October 2023)
Kenya Airways (KQ)
SA Airlink (4Z)
South African Airlines (SA)
For research on all these destinations use Travel Start search engine, it makes life a lot simpler.
See our Getting Around Page on the best way to get from the Airports into town.
For more detail information on flight schedules, visit this Victoria Falls Flight schedule page.
Victoria Falls Travel by ** Rail **
Regular train services no longer run between South Africa and Victoria Falls no matter what you might read in some Guide books.
There is however a luxury train service that travels directly to Victoria Falls from South Africa which is the Luxury Rovos Rail. This is not a regular shuttle service but rather a holiday in itself. Johannesburg to Victoria falls takes 3 days and I must say is an absolutely wonderful trip.
Rovos Rail through the wilderness
The more affordable Shongololo Express (managed by Rovos Rail) offers a long journey through Mozambique and Swaziland from Pretoria to Victoria Falls, in 3-star luxury.
Inside the Shongololo Express
There is normally an overnight train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls. However, this service is currently suspended until further notice. During normal circumstances, this is an option but it is certainly not luxurious. The trains are a bit run down – but it is a unique African experience if you are up for it and is perfectly safe, our son has done it before. You would be able to buy your ticket to Victoria Falls from the office at the station. This ticket to Victoria Falls is fairly cheap with a first class costing approximately $10.
Victoria Falls travel by ** Road **
Travelling to Victoria Falls by road is also an option. Fuel is usually available, however some garages do run out so always make sure you have enough to get to the next fuel point (be sure to check up on our NEWSFLASH page for up-to-date information). The price does fluctuate as with fuel prices around the world. Don't forget to take cash with you as most may not accept credit or debit cards.
Fuel is available from several the garages in the Victoria Falls town centre.
In South Africa and Botswana fuel stations accept all major credit and debit cards.
Zimbabwe has some strict requirements for vehicles entering the country, please read about these here Zimbabwe Vehicle Regulations.
The major roads in Zimbabwe are still in good condition and are perfectly acceptable to drive on. Traffic around the major centres like Harare and Bulawayo is nowadays quite congested.
For those who just want to get from point A to point B, there are cheap buses that travel daily, leaving in the morning as well as in the evening between Victoria Falls and Harare, passing through Bulawayo and the smaller towns in between. These are not luxury buses, and they do not offer any extra amenities, except some music. They will make a few short stops along the way for recess and for passengers to get a bite to eat. Read Victoria Falls bus for more information.
The border post options available
Beitbridge Border Post (Open) - Between
Zimbabwe and South Africa. Very Busy but efficient…Worth avoiding if you can.
Try this useful Distance Calculator to help plan your trip
Please read these Victoria Falls Travel Reviews from other travellers who have just been there.