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Travel To and Around Cape Town

By Air

Cape Town International Airport has won numerous awards during the past decade, including the World Travel Award for Africa's Leading Airport, seven years in a row.

Getting to Cape Town is easy. You can fly directly to Cape Town International Airport from cities, such as London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Istanbul, Luanda and Windhoek. From anywhere else, you can catch a two-hour connecting flight to Cape Town from Johannesburg.

South Africa is served by more than 70 international airlines and the national carrier, South African Airways, flies to many destinations in Europe and Africa. The following illustrates flight times and carriers:

The following illustrates flight times and carriers

From Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Duration: 11h35m
Carrier: KLM

From Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Duration: 9h35m
Carrier: Emirates

From Frankfurt (Germany)
Duration: 11h
Carrier: Lufthansa

From Livingstone (Zambia)
Duration: 3h10m
Carrier: Zambezi

From London (United Kingdom)
Duration: 12h
Carriers: South African Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

From Luanda (Angola)
Duration: 4h
Carrier: TAAG

From Maputo (Mozambique)
Duration: 2h35m
Carrier: South African Airways

From Maun (Botswana)
Duration: 3h45m
Carrier: Air Botswana

From Paris (France)
Duration: 11h10m
Carrier: Air France

From Windhoek (Namibia)
Duration: 2h
Carriers: South African Airways, Air Namibia

From Zurich (Switzerland)
Duration: 11h15m
Carrier: Swiss

Please note that flights from some of these cities are seasonal. 

Cape Town Tourism staff at Cape Town International Airport will help with any queries you have. However, if you require information before arriving, contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 21 487 6800 / +27 86 132 2223 or email Twitter: @CapeTownTourism Facebook: I ♥ Cape Town

Transport from the Airport

From Cape Town International Airport you can either hire a car, take a metered cab, or catch the MyCiti shuttle bus to the city centre, which is approximately 20km away.

MyCiti Bus

The MyCiti bus is the cheapest option, costing around R53. The bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes between 05h10 and 22h00. It stops at the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard, from where you can catch connecting busses and taxis. Read more about the MyCiti bus shuttle service on the City of Cape Town website.

Metered cabs

Metered cabs will charge between R300 and R400 to take you to the city centre. When arranging a cab from the airport, you may wish to consider Rikkis and Citi Hopper.

Car hire

If you wish to drive yourself from Cape Town International Airport, you can book a vehicle online in advance through Avis. Please note that in South Africa cars drive on the left hand side of the road and drivers must be in possession of a valid driving licence.

The Michelin Maps and Routes website will calculate your driving routes to Cape Town from the airport, and includes information about the cost of tolls that you will incur. Click on the flag in the top right of the screen for more language options.

By Road

Information regarding travel by road can be found here

Getting Around Cape Town

There are many options for travelling around the city; you can find more information here on the Cape Town Tourism website




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