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Airports in Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Overview

One of the largest airports in Africa, Cape Town International Airport is close behind Johannesburg in terms of flights to South Africa, handling more than 8.2 million passengers each year on nearly 100,000 flights.

The terminal is airy and spacious, and is known for its efficiency. Passengers have many options to choose from when spending their layover at Cape Town International Airport, including dozens of shops and restaurants. Getting to Cape Town from the airport is now just as easy, with express public transport links to the downtown area.

South African airports have come under fire for reports of theft by baggage handlers, including Cape Town International Airport. However most flights to Cape Town are hassle-free, and travellers can sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Mother City as they glide in over Table Mountain.

Location

The airport is situated 13 miles (20km) east of Cape Town.

Getting to the city

Door-to-door minibus services are available for the journey to the city, taking approximately half an hour. Many hotels operate courtesy buses and a 24 hour backpacker bus is available hourly to many hostels. Taxis are available in the arrivals parking lot but are expensive, costing at least US$20 to the city centre. A shared taxi, also called a Rikki, can be reserved and is slightly cheaper than a taxi (Tel: 0861 745 547). Car rentals can be made from the arrivals terminal or before hand at SouthAfriCar. The MyCiti bus is the quickest and cheapest option for getting into the city, but the bus service has not yet been rolled out throughout the city, so visitors will need to check how close it can take them to their accommodation before hopping aboard.

Time

GMT +2.

Contacts

Tel: +27 (0)21 937 1200.

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Cape Town Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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