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).
MyCiTi buses Run every 30 minutes between 4.45am and 10.15pm to the city centre and the Waterfront. A single trip is R100; if you use a 'myconnect' card (which costs a non-refundable R35), the fare varies between R90.40 and R98.80 depending on whether you travel in off-peak or peak times.
Backpacker Bus Book in advance for airport transfers (from R220 per person) and pick-ups from hostels and hotels.
Major car-hire companies have desks at the airport. Driving along the N2 into the city centre from the airport usually takes 15 to 20 minutes, although during rush hour (7am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm) this can extend up to an hour.
Expect to pay around R250 for a nonshared taxi.
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.
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.
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.
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.