Travel Budget for Durban

Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Durban?

How much money will you need in Durban? R430 ($29) is the average daily price for traveling in Durban. The average price of meals in Durban for one day is R50 ($3.36). The average price of a hotel in Durban for a couple is R700 ($47). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - Learn more about these numbers.
Put these numbers on your website.

How expensive is Durban?

How much does a trip to Durban cost? Is Durban expensive? The average Durban trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Durban prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Flights to Durban

How much does it cost to go to Durban? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Typical tour prices for Durban

How much do tours to Durban cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    9 days
    $ 1025
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    11 days
    $ 2370
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    9 days
    $ 1150
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    8 days
    $ 2370
Find a hostel, guesthouse, or B&B in Durban

Related Articles
Durban On a Budget
Durban Durban, South Africa
The third largest city in South Africa, Durban sits on the east coast of the country in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The city also has the country's most active port. The city's comfortable weather and vast beaches make it one of the country's major tourist centers. There's a population of about 3.5 million in the entire metropolitan area that spreads over 2,295 square kilometers.

Durban was originally founded by British settlers but today there is a large Indian population whose ancestors originally relocated here to work the sugar cane plantations. You'll find both English and Zulu spoken in this city.

Durban's climate is humid subtropical. There are hot and humid summers and warm and dry winters. Summer highs usually stay in the low to mid 80s Fahrenheit while winter highs are in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit.
There are a handful of sights and attractions in Durban including the Durban Botanical Gardens, the Mahatma Gandhi Settlement, KwaZulu Natal National Parks and Durban North Japanese Gardens. Also make sure and visit the Golden Mile, which has great beaches and world famous surfing. Crocodile Creek is a great place to see crocodiles as it has over 7000 Nile Crocodiles, Alligators, Caiman, snakes, and other reptiles. Berea is a ridge that looks out over the harbor, city center, and beaches and offers wonderful views of the area.
Downtown Durban is where you'll find a large number of tourist attractions including museums and the City Hall. The Golden Mile is the most prominent part of the city. This area has vast stretches of beach that attracts sunbathers, surfers, and bodybuilders. If you're interested in trying surfing for the first time, head to Addington Beach. Three miles from the city center is Kit Beach. This area has the world's best kite-surfing. There are also several more private beaches north of the Golden Mile. These include Country Club Beach, Tekwini Beach, and Laguna Beach. On the southern side of Durban is a Bluff that looks out on the harbor. The area also has Brighton Beach, Cave Rock Beach, Anstey's Beach, and Garvies Beach.

There are countless activities that you can enjoy in Durban. Water sports are common and you can enjoy surfing, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are some great places to go scuba diving in the area.

It is also worth visiting the Shark Institute, which offers boat tours of the area and will take you out to see the shark nets that protect swimmers and surfers from frequent shark attacks.

Other activities in the area include skydiving, yoga camps, golfing, and shopping.

Festivals in Durban include Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer, the Durban International Film Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival, Awesome Africa, Fashion Week, and any number of Hindu Festivals throughout the year.
Food and Dining
Because of the large Indian population, there is no shortage of excellent Indian restaurants throughout the city. Durban curry is a popular dish that can be either hot or mild. Bunny Chow is also a popular local specialty. The dish is made with a hollowed out piece of bread that is filled with a curry of your choosing. The most authentic Indian food can be found at the Indian neighborhoods around Victoria Market.

If you're looking for trendy cafes, head to the Morningside restaurants along Florida Road. This area provides outdoor seating and caters to upscale businessmen.

Durban Car Rental Prices
Compare prices across all major rental companies:
Although there is a bus system in Durban, it is not efficient and generally shouldn't be relied upon. The best way to navigate Durban is by car, but if you plan to rely on a GPS device, or even a street map, make sure it is up to date as it seems many street names have recently changed.

Taxis are a good option for travel if you don't have access to a personal car. Make sure you use a registered taxi, and you will have to call ahead as you can't pick a taxi up from the curb by simply waving it down. Some reliable taxi companies include Umhlanga Rocks Taxis, Eagle Taxi's, Zippy Cabs, and Mozzie Cabs. If you plan to rely on taxis, carry the numbers around with you as you never know when you will need them.

There are also minibus or group taxis. These usually travel a set route on a schedule and are less expensive than metered taxis. They are not particularly convenient for tourists as they usually take locals to and from work.

In the beachfront area there are rickshaws available that are specifically targeted at tourists. They generally offer a ride for entertainment as opposed to convenience.


Looking for a hostel in Marrakesh, Cape Town, Nairobi, or Zanzibar?
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip

Budget Your Trip has average travel costs for thousands of cities around the world, all provided by other travelers. You can also register to organize your spending by category and location with graphs, maps, charts, and tables.

Search for Travel Costs

Share This Page
Pin This Page
Durban Travel Costs & Prices - The Golden Mile, Surfing, & Scuba Diving |

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.