Airport Guide: Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town International Airport is the second biggest airport in South Africa. It is one of only three airports in the country which is served by major international carriers. Besides the international routes, there are also several domestic flights scheduled. The airport got several lounges, a shopping and dining area and a very good infrastructure.
Cape Town International Airport is the second most important hub of South African Airways after Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport. It’s also the only city besides Durban and Johannesburg which has direct connections to several international destinations.
However, only a few airlines fly to Cape Town International Airport in the South African winter. Lufthansa, Condor, Edelweiss Air and Air France all suspend their services in this season. Nevertheless, Cape Town International Airport is an important hub with approximately seven million passengers a year.
Most important airlines at Cape Town International Airport:
- South African Airways: Several destinations in South Africa and one destination in Namibia
- Airlink: Several destinations in South Africa and one destination in Namibia
- Mango: Several destinations in South Africa
- British Airways (operated by Comair): Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth
Shopping and eating at Cape Town Airport
Cape Town International Airport got three different areas where you may enjoy shopping. There is an area pre-security in the terminal building as well as in the two areas (behind security) for domestic and international travel respectively.
In all areas, there are shops that have books, electronics, souvenirs, fashion as well as healthy and beauty products in stock. There are also several restaurants and cafés which serve light meals as well as drinks.
Sleeping at Cape Town International Airport
There is no hotel right next to the terminal building of Cape Town International Airport, yet there are two properties located not far away from the airport. Road Lodge Cape Town Airport is a motel style property with very low nightly prices for an airport hotel.
Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport is rated four stars and got several very good reviews, yet prices are approximately triple what Road Lodge Cape Town Airport charges. Hotels in the city are located a mere 30 minute drive away.
Lounges at Cape Town International Airport
In total, there are five airport lounges at Cape Town International Airport. In both terminals, travelers can find a Bidvest Premier Lounge which is accessible for passengers with a Priority Pass. You may also pay to access the Bidvest Premier Lounge. In the International Terminal there’s moreover a British Airways Lounge which can be used by passengers flying with British Airways or Singapore Airlines either in a premium class or when holding a frequent flyer status.
At the domestic terminal, passengers got the choice between the SLOW Lounge as well as the South African Airways Lounge. The former is accessible for passengers flying Comair or holding a certain frequent flyer status, while the latter is accessible for South African Airways premium passengers or frequent flyers.
Lounges at Cape Town Airport:
- Bidvest Premier Lounge Domestic (PP, $)
- Bidvest Premier Lounge International (LH, EK, TK, QR, PP, $)
- British Airways Lounge (BA, SQ)
- SLOW Lounge (BA, PP, $)
- South African Airways Lounge (SA)
Transportation at Cape Town International Airport
There is no rail system which is connected to Cape Town International Airport. Passengers leaving the airport have to either use the MyCiTi buses which depart every 20 minutes from 4 am to 10 pm or a metered taxi to get to the city center.
There are also several car rental offices right next to the airport where you can rent a car of your choice for the duration of your stay in the city. A taxi to city center costs approximately 400 ZAR (~ 26 Euro / 29 US-Dollar) and takes about 30 minutes.
- There’s a direct bus connection to the Cape Town City Center
- Taxis to the city center cost approximately 400 ZAR (~ 26 Euro / 29 US-Dollar)