Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – Image courtesy of Damien du Toit/Wikimedia Commons

How to get to Cape Town

Cape Town is located on the southern coast of South Africa's Western Cape Province.

The most convenient route to Cape Town is by air to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), located around 20km (12mi) from the city centre.


Flight time to Cape Town

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Cape Town.

Within South Africa: British Airways, Safair, Mango and South African Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Durban to Cape Town is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Johannesburg to Cape Town is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Australia: Qantas, Emirates, Virgin Australia and South African Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Adelaide to Cape Town is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Cape Town is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cape Town is 17 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cape Town is 19 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cape Town is 14 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and South African Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Auckland to Cape Town is 22 hrs 40 min, connecting flightsˆ


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates operates daily flights to Cape Town.

Dubai to Cape Town is 9 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From China: Air Mauritius, Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon and Cathay Dragon offer the most convenient flights to Cape Town.

Hong Kong to Cape Town is 14 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Beijing to Cape Town is 18 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Cape Town is 17 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Singapore to Cape Town is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways offers the most convenient flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

London to Cape Town is 11 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From France: Air France offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Paris to Cape Town is 11 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From Germany: Lufthansa, Condor Flugdeinst, Eurowings, Air France and Swiss Air offer the most convenient flights to Cape Town.

Frankfurt to Cape Town is 11 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Munich to Cape Town is 11 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Berlin to Cape Town is 13 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Cape Town is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Cape Town is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From the United States: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, KLM, British Airways and South African Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Atlanta to Cape Town is 18 hrs 36 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Cape Town is 18 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Cape Town is 21 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Cape Town is 21 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Cape Town is 18 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Cape Town is 22 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Cape Town is 22 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, KLM, British Airways and Air France offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Toronto to Cape Town is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Cape Town is 19 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Cape Town is 22 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Cape Town International Airport is located 22km (13.6) east of Cape Town's city centre. A regular bus service links the airport to city centre; taxis are also available.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least 30 days beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Visas are not required for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, US, UK and most EU countries; instead, visitors are issued with a visitor's permit on arrival, valid for a month.


Getting around

Minibuses and taxis are cheap and plentiful. Car and motorbike hire is available. Traffic drives on the left.

Cape Town Map


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Latest update: How to get to Cape Town: 23 September, 2019


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