Getting to Madagascar

For an island off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is surprisingly easy to get to. Most major European cities are 1-2 flights away, with the exception of Paris, which offers direct flights. If you are flying from New York, South African Airlines has a flight that goes directly to Johannesburg and then on to Antananarivo, and will get you there in under 20 hours. If you're flying from the Middle East or Asia, it's still possible to reach Madagascar with only one plane change. Those flying from Dubai will most likely want to change in Nairobi and then fly on to Antananarivo. Even Sydney, Australia has a flight that only requires one change, and is 34 hours in duration. From within Africa, Kenya and South Africa both offer direct flights. 

Getting to Madagascar by boat

It is possible to reach Madagascar by boat from mainland Africa, but unless you have ample time, it's in your best interest to fly, as most of the boat options involve cargo boats. 

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The following airlines travel to Madagascar

Air France

The French flag carrier. Air France, stylized as AIRFRANCE, is the French flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France,. It is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. As of 2013 Air France serves 36 destinations in France and operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to 168 destinations in 93 countries (including Overseas departments and territories of France.

Also flies to: Botswana Democratic Republic of Congo Gabon Kenya Mozambique Namibia South Africa Zimbabwe
Air Madagascar

National air carrier of Madagascar. The Air Madagascar network covers 21 destinations from Madagascar to the Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and Asia. Since 1961 Air Madagascar has been the reference airline to fly to 11 Malagasy cities.

Also flies to: South Africa
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering

Chapman Freeborn is Africa’s leading aircraft charter company, with a proven reputation for innovation, expertise and professionalism. Established in 1973, Chapman Freeborn has four decades of experience providing specialised group and VIP passenger charter solutions across the African continent and around the globe. Chapman Freeborn is renowned for arranging dedicated air charter transportation for VIP clients’ unique safari itineraries, often assisting with movements to and from the most remote areas of the continent, always to an exacting standard. With more than 30 locations strategically located across 6 continents, the company’s local - and global - coverage is truly unparalleled.


Major American airline, with its headquarters Atlanta, Georgia. What started as a humble, little aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in 1924 has now grown into one of the world’s largest global airlines, helping more than 160 million travelers get to the places they want to go to each year. Delta flies to more than 350 destinations on 6 continents, serving more than 160 million passengers each year. It's an important job, that's why we have 70,000 dedicated employees who are up to the task every day, on every flight.

Also flies to: Democratic Republic of Congo Kenya Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

Regional destinations in South Africa. Interair South Africa is one of South Africa's successful privately owned airlines. The company, a member of the International Air Transport Association (I.A.T.A),and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has established itself as one of the major regional carriers. Interair South Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and with a fleet of Boeing 727,737 and 767 aircraft provides scheduled services within Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Also flies to: South Africa Uganda Zambia
Kenya Airways

The flag carrier of Kenya. Kenya Airways was established in February 1977 following the breakup of the East African Community and subsequent disbanding of the jointly-owned East African Airways. KQ now flies to over 60 destinations around the world with over 40 being in Africa. The network expands to many more destinations with partnerships from Codeshare partners. Our Vision is to consistently be a Safe & Profitable Airline that Guarantees World Class Service.


The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded on 7 October, 1919 to serve the Netherlands and its colonies. KLM is today the oldest airline still operating under its original name. KLM has been part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group since the merger in 2004. KLM is the core of the KLM Group, which further includes the wholly-owned subsidiaries KLM Cityhopper, and Martinair.

Also flies to: Democratic Republic of Congo Kenya Malawi Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
SA Airlink

Regional services in South Africa. Choose Airlink to connect you to 35 destinations in 9 African countries. With more than 21 years of of customer focused experience along with the widest network and choice of flights, you get where you want to be, when you want to be there.

Also flies to: Botswana Mozambique Namibia South Africa Zambia Zimbabwe
South African Airways (SAA)

National airline of South Africa. At South African Airways we are the proud national airline of South Africa. We offer great value flights to and from South Africa as well as within our beautiful country. We are committed to the highest standards in everything we do and aim to deliver a world-class experience on every flight. Plan and book your flights with us and experience why we are one of the leading airlines in Africa.

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About Madagascar

20 million
Total area:
587,040 km² (226,657 miles²)
French, Malagasy
Antananarivo (TNR)

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  • Type E (220V) Type E (220V)
  • Type J (220V) Type J (220V)
  • Type K (220V) Type K (220V)

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