Cape Town in detail

Flights & getting there

Most likely you’ll arrive at Cape Town International Airport. If coming from within South Africa, it’s possible that your arrival point will be Cape Town’s combined rail and bus station. The city is also on the international cruise circuit, with liners docking either at the Waterfront or in the docks. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Air

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport, 22km east of the city centre, has a tourist information office located in the arrivals hall.

There are many direct international flights into Cape Town. Generally it’s cheaper to book and pay for domestic flights within South Africa on the internet (rather than via a local travel agent).

Transport Options

Boat

Many cruise ships stop at Cape Town. Useful contacts:

Cruise Compete (www.cruisecompete.com) Site with an up-to-date list of all cruises visiting Cape Town.

MSC Starlight Cruises South African–based operator.

Bus

Interstate buses arrive at the bus terminus at Cape Town Train Station, where you’ll find the booking offices for the bus companies, all open from 6am to 6.30pm daily.

Greyhound

Intercape

Translux

Baz Bus Offers hop-on, hop-off fares and door-to-door service between Cape Town and Jo’burg/Pretoria via Northern Drakensberg, Durban and the Garden Route.

Car & Motorcycle

The three main arterial routes leading into Cape Town are:

  • N1 from Johannesburg via the Karoo and the Cape Winelands
  • N2 from the Garden Route and Overberg via Somerset West and Cape Town International Airport
  • N7 from the West Coast and Namibia.

Train

Long distance trains arrive at Cape Town Train Station on Heerengracht in the City Bowl. There are services Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to and from Jo’burg via Kimberley on the Shosholoza Meyl; these sleeper trains offer comfortable accommodation and dining cars. Other services include the luxurious Blue Train and Rovos Rail.