Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town airport offers an excellent entry point to South Africa. The airport has recently undergone extensive renovations to bring it into line with international standards. When in South Africa it is advisable to hire a car as many destinations are not easily accessible by public transport. Although there are public transport systems in Cape Town, they are not entirely suited to the holiday maker and are not always reliable after hours. A self-drive tour starting in Cape Town and traveling through South Africa is a popular holiday choice.

Cape Town International Airport

The newly refurbished and renovated Cape Town International Airport is located on the N2 highway about 20 minutes (22km)from the city centre. Although Johannesburg International Airport is the main hub for flights into and out of South Africa, Cape Town International is nevertheless a busy airport with many of the major airlines flying direct to Cape Town.

Domestic travel within South Africa is also very efficient with various airlines offering flights on the hour to other major cities. For connecting flights, the flying time from Cape Town to Johannesburg is 2-hours.

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Travelling from the Airport

Unfortunately, there is not an efficient public transport system that services the airport, so other arrangements need to be made.

Taxis – taxis are available at the airport. They are relatively expensive with the fare’s ranging from R8 to R12 per km. Confirm with your driver beforehand.

Car Rental – all of the major car rental companies have branches at the airport. You can both collect and drop-off your vehicle directly at the airport. For car hire bookings visit

Airport Transfer – if you have pre-booked accommodation there is a good chance that your hotel and/or hosts offer an airport collection and drop-off service. Make enquiries when booking your accommdation. There are also shuttle services that run between the airport and popular desiantions such as the city centre and the waterfront.

Backpackers – there is a backpackers bus service which runs between the airport and about 40 backpackers hostels in the city centre.


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