Fly To Saint Denis, Reunion
Réunion Island might not be the in the same league as some of its popular Indian Ocean neighbours like Mauritius; and while it has gorgeous beaches, its true appeal lies in its scenic landscapes and opportunities for world-class adventure and eco-tourism.
Réunion is a faraway overseas department of France and as such you can expect to find the kinds of things characteristic of ‘L’hexagone’ – French speaking people, the Euro, and distinctly French gastronomic delights. Saint Denis is Réunion’s capital and it’s filled to the brim with brasseries, trendy shops, bakeries and bistros, as well as quaint colonial buildings and a multi-ethnic atmosphere.
Direct flights between South Africa and Saint Denis, Réunion are available with Air Austral twice a week from Johannesburg to St. Denis.. You can also use Travelstart.co.za to easily find, compare prices and book flights on all airlines such as Air Mauritius with flights via MRU and Air Madagascar with flights via Antananarivo for connecting flights from your nearest airport. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search tool to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for Réunion flights with useful conditions like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- From March 2013, South African passport holders are no longer required to obtain a Visa to travel to Réunion Island for short stays of up to 90 days. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your date of return, and make sure your passport has 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is no South African Embassy or Consulate on Réunion Island.
See and do
Saint Denis may be small, but there’s plenty to keep you busy. Le Bar à Cas is a lively brasserie popular with students, while Moda Bar pumps out salsa rhythms on Fridays and Saturdays and hosts karaoke on Thursday. Le Rallye is a trendy, downbeat bar and café popular with locals, while Jazzy Bar is a delightful jazz lounge that is open until late.
As far as bars and restaurants go, Le Zanzibar is a favourite hangout that serves delicious food. For trendy drinking haunts, check out O’Bar in the centre, Le Fashion is a swanky lounge bar that’s great for a bit of dancing and Café-Restaurant Le K-T Dral is an essential landmark to the Saint Denis nightlife scene offering refreshing cocktails and a trendy atmosphere.
Head to Le Barachois to catch the sea breeze in Saint Denis. It’s a seafront park lined with cannons that face out to sea, plenty cafes and a monument to an aviator. If you wish to visit museums you can head to Musee Leon Dierx which is housed in the former bishop’s palace. The museum was built in 1845 and is host to an important collection of modern art.
The Creole Houses, distinguished by their massive open verandas and delicate cared cornices, are a popular attraction as is the Notre-Dame-de-la-Délivrance which is on the hillside across from the Saint Denis River.
Roland Garros Airport, Saint Denis – RUN
The airport is 7km east of Saint-Denis on Réunion Island.
Food and beverage: Bar Vanilla Scent, Cafeteria La Place Gourmet, Southern Hemisphere, Bar Aerobar, vending machines.
Currency Exchange: La Poste and La Réunion cash machines are available outside the terminal.
Lost Luggage: If your luggage has been lost or damaged, you can consult the airline’s local luggage service, either directly in the luggage delivery room, or by contacting them directly.
Airport Hotels: None on site.
Car Hire: ADA, Au Bas Prix, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, ITC Tropicar, Jumbo Car, Enterprise, Rent a car, Sixt.
Airport Hub: Roland Garros Airport (code RUN) is a hub for Air Austral.