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Airports in Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)


One of the largest airports in Africa, Cape Town International Airport is close behind Johannesburg in terms of flights to South Africa.

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 city centre.

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.


The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) east of Cape Town.

Getting to the city

The MyCiti bus is the quickest and cheapest option for getting into the city, with an express to the city centre costing around ZAR 80 in addition to the once off ZAR 30 for a MyCiti card. 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. Other options include private services such as Uber and Taxify.


GMT +2


Tel: +27 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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