Durban King Shaka International Airport Guide (DUR)

Airport info
Code: DUR
King Shaka Drive, La Mercy, 4405, South Africa

Durban King Shaka International Airport is located 35km (22 miles) north of central Durban.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +27
+27 32 436 6758

Also known as La Mercy Airport, Durban King Shaka International opened for business in May 2010, replacing the former Durban International Airport. Our Durban King Shaka International Airport guide provides information on how to get to the airport, terminal facilities and contact details.

Airport news

A direct rail link with the city is planned as part of the second phase of airport development. Construction is due to begin in 2017.


An airport information desk (tel: +27 32 436 6758) is situated in the departures area. There is also a tourist information counter in Arrivals.

Driving directions

From central Durban, take the N3 highway west for a short distance and turn north onto the N2 highway, which passes the airport. From this point, the terminals are signposted. The journey should take approximately 30 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Shuttle:Regular Coastal Motor Transport (tel: +27 31 465 5573; shuttle buses operate to Durban city centre from 0430 to 2200 (journey time: around 30 minutes; fare: R50).

There is also an hourly shuttle (which must be pre-booked) linking the airport with Durban and Umhlanga hotels, the Durban beachfront and the International Convention Centre. Contact the airport information desk (tel: +27 32 436 6758) for more information.

All shuttle buses depart from outside the arrivals area.

Taxi:Taxi services are available outside Departures from the following companies: A Hassan Taxis (tel: +27 31 564 0734), City Cabs (tel: +27 31 577 2911) and Rikki Cabs (tel: +27 31 539 6844) amongst others. For a full list of taxi operators, check the airport’s website. Fares into Durban start at around R500, and the journey time is about 20-30 minutes. Visitors are advised to beware of illegal taxi touts.

Terminal facilities


Standard Bank provides exchange services and ATMs within the terminal. A VAT refund facility is available in Departures.


Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the airport (30 minutes or up to 50MB is available free of charge).


There are a number of restaurants and bars throughout the airport, with options in both Arrivals and Departures. Among these is a fish, sushi and seafood restaurant in the departures area.


Duty-free shopping is available airside in Departures. In addition, there are a number of shops selling local crafts, giftware, clothing and other items.


Porter services are available for those in need of assistance.


Other services available at Durban King Shaka International Airport include first-aid facilities and a pharmacy, located on the first floor. A Muslim prayer room and a chapel are also located within the airport.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

The South African Airways business lounge (tel: +27 32 815 2044) and the Premier Lounge (tel: +27 32 436 7138) provide business services for passengers in the departures area, while ACSA offers a VIP lounge with similar facilities in Arrivals.

Extensive meeting and conference facilities, including those housed within the International Conference Centre (tel: +27 31 360 1000;, can be found in central Durban.

Disabled facilities

Durban King Shaka International Airport is fully accessible with lifts and specially equipped toilets. Assistance is available from airport staff. Contact the airport and the relevant airline in advance to arrange specialist assistance.

Car parking

Long- and short-term car parks are available at the airport, with space for almost 2,000 vehicles. The car parks are within walking distance of the terminal.

Car rental

Car hire operators Avis, First, Hertz, Thrifty and Woodford are represented at the airport. Desks for these companies are located in Arrivals.


There are no on-site hotels at Durban King Shaka International Airport. There is a limited choice of bed and breakfast accommodation available in the vicinity; details of this can be found at the KZN Tourism kiosk in Arrivals (tel: +27 31 451 6666; Otherwise, a range of hotel accommodation is available in Durban and other nearby areas.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort

+27 32 358 5000

Boasting four international restaurants, three outdoor swimming pools and a spa, the Fairmont Zimbala Resort is a luxury offering 15km (9.3 miles) from the airport. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout and the beach is a five-minute stroll away.

Fairmont Estate, Zimbali, 4390, Dolphin Coast, South Africa

La Mercy Beach Hotel

+27 32 941 6221

One of the closest hotels to the airport, this relaxed coastal hotel offers simple rooms - all with sea views. Other facilities include an a la carte restaurant and cocktail bar and three large conference venues.

230 South Beach Road, 4405, Tongaat, South Africa

Regal Inn Ballito

+27 21 762 1534

Located a 20-minute drive from the airport and 3km (1.8 miles) from the beach, rooms at Regal Inn Ballito come equipped with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning. Breakfast is available on request, but it is only a short walk to the local restaurants of bustling Ballito.

Saayman Close, Ballito, 4420, Dolphin Coast, South Africa
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