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About Cincinnati

Cincinnati has shed its midwestern conventions and opted for a life of late night rendezvous of beer and music against shimmering neon backdrops, meandering through risqué art exhibitions, and Saturday afternoon touchdowns. With over 300,000 residents it is the third-largest city in Ohio. Attractions include the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Great American Ball Park and BB Riverboats.

Prepare for a journey into the quivering heart of the Midwest with cheap flights to Cincinnati. The city is served by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which is a 20-minute drive from the metropolis.The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular international flights to Cincinnati depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Cincinnati is approximately 20 hours and 42 minutes.

Why visit Cincinnati

cincinnati riverboats


With roots embedded deep in the steamboat revolution of the 19th century, Cincinnati is famous for its riverboats. Popular operators include River Escape Cruises, BB Riverboats and Queen City Riverboats.

cincinnati arts and culture

Arts and Culture

The art scene in Cincinnati is a colourful cultural extravaganza that is often considered the lifeline of the city. Explore art galleries, museums, performing art exhibitions, theatres, and musical showcases.

cincinnati food and beer

Food and Beer

The culinary culture of the city has been heavily infused with Irish and German influences. The city is known for its drinking scene and brims with eateries offering traditional goetta.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency American Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Airline Delta Air Lines
Time Zone GMT - 5
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Cincinnati

Cincinnati experiences a temperate climate, with warm to hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Average temperatures range from 31 degrees Celsius in summer to -3 degrees Celsius in winter. Rainfall is significant throughout the year. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best times to visit Cincinnati. The landscape explodes with dazzling gold and tangerine hues, and some of the best events and festivals grip the city during these months. The most notable of these include: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Appalachian Festival, Cincy-Cinco Latino Festival, P&G Riverfest, and the Midpoint Music Festival. If you can brave the sticky heat and humidity, or icy cold, summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) offer ideal conditions for activities such as wakeboarding and snowboarding. For cheap flights to Cincinnati, the best time to visit is during winter.

Weather & Climate in Cincinnati

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -11°C -8°C -2°C 4°C 10°C 15°C 18°C 16°C 12°C 6°C -1°C -8°C
High °C 0°C 3°C 10°C 17°C 23°C 28°C 31°C 29°C 25°C 19°C 10°C 2°C
Rainfall (mm) 30 28 67 90 109 109 115 103 109 76 55 39

Despite its humble location at the foot of Ohio, the city of Cincinnati is a place that bristles with personality and boasts an impressive collection of accolades (it is the Chili Capital of the World and was named the ‘Hardest Drinking City’ by Forbes in 2008).

A burgeoning art scene makes up the cultural lifeline of the city.

Colourful murals by famous street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Os Gêmeos and Barry “Twist” McGee adorn the streets of downtown Cincinnati.

Must-visit contemporary art galleries such as the Miller Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery and Malton Gallery offer stimulating exhibitions that will excite and enthral even the most discerning art fundi.

The Esquire Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Blue Whisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Know Theatre of Cincinnati will dazzle those interested in the performing arts.

For a taste of offbeat Ohio, the American Sign Museum, Spring Grove Cemetary and Findlay Market are must-visit attractions.

Cincinnati is a place that bustles and glows with culture, colour and history, and never fails to excite, entertain and inspire.

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South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to North America. The purpose of your trip will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. Immigration Law. In order to qualify for a visa, you will need to meet a number of requirements.

You will also need to ensure your passport is valid for six months after your intended return date and that you have three blank pages available for entry stamps. Processing can also be a lengthy process, so it is advisable to leave considerable time for this.

Visas can be organised via the US Consulate General in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, 7945. Phone: (+27) 021 702 7300

Durban - 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St, Durban Central, 4001. Phone: (+27) 031 305 7600

Johannesburg - 1 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, 2146. Phone: (+27) 011 290 3000

Although Cincinnati is a relatively safe city, crime does happen. Certain areas should be avoided and certain precautions taken to ensure you make the most of this midwestern city. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is highly recommended.

Areas to avoid (particularly at night) include: Westwood, West Price Hill, East Price Hill, Over-the-Rhine, and Avondale. Avoid carrying large sums of cash, valuables and important documents, as pick-pocketing does happen. Make use of marked cabs when travelling around at night.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. Immunisation against Hepatitis B and rabies are recommended. Other routine vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella and polio.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Cincinnati
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 180.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 46.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 53.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 13.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 80.00
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