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About Fargo

Fargo is a strange little place, and isn’t afraid to admit so. Once a rough and rowdy frontier town ablaze with saloons and bordellos, Fargo is now a city of friendly folks and endearing peculiarities. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota with over 100,000 residents. Attractions include the Plains Art Museum, Fargo Theatre and Bonanzaville.

Get ready to be inspired by a city that isn’t afraid to be a little bit different and shamelessly embraces the weird and wonderful with cheap flights to Fargo. Fargo is home to Hector International Airport (FAR), which is a 15-minute drive from the centre of downtown Fargo. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular international flights to Fargo depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannes-burg to Fargo is approximately 23 hours, 39 minutes.

Why visit Fargo

fargo summer festivals

Summer Festivals

Fargo bursts open in summer. You will find festivals celebrating everything from beer and BBQ to vintage cars and Native Americans. Festivals offer a glimpse into the soul of Fargo.

fargo unique experiences

Unique Experiences

Pair beer with hymns and telescopes at Junkyard Brewing; watch a show at an art deco theatre; embark on a journey through the ages at Bonanzaville; or enjoy Pie Day.

fargo arts and culture

Arts and Culture

Indie galleries, quirky shops, trendy eateries and art installations abound, while Alley Fair keeps the offbeat culture alive with outlandish celebrations of art, food and music.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Hector International Airport (FAR)
Airline American Airlines / United Airlines
Time Zone GMT-6 / GMT-5 (summer)
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Fargo

Fargo experiences a continental climate, with hot summers and snowy winters. Average temperatures range from 28 degrees Celsius in summer to 15 degrees Celsius in winter. Considerable rain falls during the spring and autumn months. The best time to visit Fargo is in summer (June to August) and autumn (September to November). Sublime weather settles over the city and the streets come to life with festivals and outdoor activities. Notable summer festivals include: Corks & Canvas, Streets Alive and the Red River Valley Fair. Winter (December to February) is a great time to visit if you want to experience a white Christmas and get your blood rushing with winter activities such as skiing and sledding. For cheap flights to Fargo, the best time to visit is during winter.

Weather & Climate in Fargo

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -18°C -15°C -7°C 0°C 7°C 13°C 15°C 14°C 9°C 2°C -7°C -15°C
High °C -8°C -5°C 2°C 13°C 21°C 25°C 28°C 27°C 22°C 13°C 3°C -5°C
Rainfall (mm) 16 11 25 45 65 87 79 68 55 42 21 15

Step out onto the streets of Fargo and at first glimpse it will appear normal. But look a little closer and you will realise this is a city that is anything but ordinary.

Fargo is a city that has thrown caution to the wind and embraced its peculiarities and oddness. It offers a haven for the unconventional and unique. A place of singular experiences and one of a kind encounters.

Follow its peculiar rhythm and you will find yourself attending obscure parties celebrating art and music in backstreet alleyways and gazing through telescopes while sipping on beer. You will eat pie on Thursdays in honour of Pie Day and try rattlesnake and rabbit bratwurst. You will watch shows at 1920s Art Deco theatres and play volleyball in the snow. You will also discover offbeat music and eat lemon bars.

But most importantly, you will be captivated by this misfit of the Midwest and be inspired to reject the ordinary and embrace life’s eccentricities.

Fargo is the North of Normal and it is waiting for you.

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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 vi-sa, 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

Fargo is a safe city. However, it is always a good idea to remain vigilant and use common sense when travelling to an unfamiliar place as crime can happen anywhere. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

The biggest concern in Fargo is natural disasters such as storms, tornadoes and flooding. A siren warning system is set up in the city to alert residents to approaching tornadoes, severe weather and any other emergencies. Follow the news for updates in the event of such an emergency and follow emergency protocols. Tornadoes and flooding usually occur during the rainy seasons.

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

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Fargo
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 131.06
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 45.87
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.38 R 22.55 R 52.14
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.18
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 40.00 R 77.78
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