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Flights to the Cape Town Cycle Tour & Bicycle Transport


The Cape Town Cycle Tour, previously known as the Cape Argus, is the world's largest individually timed cycling race attracting over 35 000 participants from all over the world. The 40th Cycle Tour will take place on the 12th of March 2017 at the height of summer. Contestants will not only battle the fierce winding route, but also the extreme winds and heat that is typical this time of year.


Due to the large number of contestants making use of domestic flights, special arrangements have to be made by the airlines to transport everyone's bicycles. It is important to take note of these. It is also worth noting that you might have to fly your bicycle down a few days before you depart.

Bicycles need to be specially packaged before an airline will accept it. Each airline has their own rules (click on the links below for full details). This usually involves removing the pedals, deflating the tyres, lowering the seat, removing all electronic devices and then turning the handlebars parallel to the frame before packaging it in a special bicycle box or soft bag (both available from most bicycle shops).

These bags can't be locked before they pass the security check and not all airlines will accept a bicycle that has simply been bubble wrapped. Hard cases aren't recommended as they are heavy and bicycles can't exceed 32 kg. Make sure you mark the packaged bicycyle with your name, contact details, flight number and airline booking reference number.

It is also worth noting that tyres form part of check-in luggage as they don't meet the requirements for hand luggage. Passengers can usually take a maximum of 2 to 4 16 gram Carbon Dioxide cartridges for their pumps in their checked baggage.

The above regulations are all standard, but additional requirements may apply so be sure to check the official document by the airline as linked below.

Travel Prices from Johannesburg to Cape Town


The following survey shows one-way flights from JNB - CPT (For more information on the airlines that operate on this route click here) on Friday the 10th of March 2017. All prices were taken from the airline websites and are subject to change. Availability is limited.
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Flights from Johannesburg (JNB) to Cape Town (CPT)

FlySafair (OR Tambo) FA103 leaves 20h15 arrives 22h25 R1699
FlySafair (Lanseria) FA301 leaves 05h55 arrives 08h10 R1798
Kulula Airlines (OR Tambo) MN125 leaves 21h10 arrives 23h20
R1711
Kulula Airline (Lanseria) MN463 leaves 07h55 arrives 10h00 R1993
Mango Airline (OR Tambo) JE123 leaves 05h55 arrives 08h05 R1893
Mango Airlines (Lanseria) JE701 leaves 06h30 arrives 08h45 R1711
SA Airways Economy Class (OR Tambo) SA313 leaves 08h25 arrives 10h30 R1953
SA Airways Business Class (OR Tambo) SA313 leaves 08h25 arrives 10h30R3898
British Airways Economy Class (OR Tambo) BA6401 leaves 07h70 arrives 09h10 R2304
British Airways Business Class (OR Tambo) BA6401 leaves 07h70 arrives 09h10 R3274

Looking for flight prices from Durban? Check out our most recent survey here, but bear in mind that prices may have changed since then.

Transporting Your Bicycle


Mango Airlines :

These charges and procedures are applicable on bicycles transported to Cape Town from 6 - 9 March and from Cape Town from 13-17 March 2017.

  • Price: R300* for bicycle and R350* for tandem through call centre.
    R365* for bicycle and R400* for a tandem at the Airport Guest Services desk.
  • You need: To drop off your bicycle you need proof of payment for transportation of your bike, a booking confirmation and valid proof of identity. For collection of your bicycle you need all of the above including your original air waybill.
  • Drop-off in Johannesburg: You can drop your bicycle off at OR Tambo Airport at the BidAir Cargo Warehouse and at Lanseria at the Check-in Desk.
  • Collection in Cape Town: From the 6th of March you can collect your bicycle from the Mango/BidAir area in the multi-storey car park no 1 (the first car park as you enter the airport). Prior to this bikes should be collected from the BidAir Cargo Warehouse.
  • Drop-off in Cape Town: All bicycles need to be dropped off at the specially designated Mango/BidAir area in the multi-storey car park no. 1 from the 12th of March until the 16th of March 2017. Bikes can be handed in at the BidAir Cargo Warehouse from the 17th until 20th of March 2017.
  • Collection in Johannesburg: If you are arriving at OR Tambo, bikes must be collected from the BidAir Cargo Warehouse between 13 of March and 17 March 2017. Bikes can take up to 4 days to be shipped, so keep and eye out for the SMS notification. You can also track your bicycle on the BidAir Cargo website.
    If you are travelling to Lanseria, you must collect your bike from the Mango Baggage Office between 13 and 17 March 2017.
  • Get all the details here.

SAA:


These charges and procedures are applicable on bicycles transported to Cape Town from 7 - 11 March and from Cape Town from 12-18 March 2017.
  • Price: R350* per bicycle per way at the SAA Ticket Sales and Reservations desk or at Pick n Pay stores.
  • You need: You need a bike-handling fee receipt to drop-off your bicycle as well as confirmation of your flight booking and valid proof of identity. To collect you bicycle you need the limited-release tag in addition to the rest.
  • Drop-off at OR Tambo: Passengers should drop their bicycle off at OR Tambo counter B42 at least 90-45 minutes prior to departure.
  • Collection in Cape Town: As SAA is trying to ensure that all bicycles travel with the passenger on the same flight, you need to collect your bicycle at the baggage collection area.
  • Drop-off at Cape Town: Check in your bicycle at the check-in counter at least 90-45 minutes before your flight departs and collect your bicycle at the baggage collection area.
  • Collection in OR Tambo: You need to collect your bicycle at the baggage collection area.
  • Get all the details here.

British Airways operated by Comair :


We couldn't find updated information, but some of the old information might still be relevant for the 2017 race. Please check with the airline for updated information should you make use of them. We will also endeavour to update this page when possible.
  • Price: R350* payable through the British Airways Contact Centre.
  • You need: In order to drop your bicycle off at the BidAir Cargo Warehouse you need proof of payment for the bicycle, proof of Identity and confirmation of your flight booking. In order to pick up your bicycle, you need your air way bill in addition to the above.
  • Drop-off at OR Tambo: Bicycles can be dropped off at the BidAir Cargo Warehouse.
  • Collection in Cape Town: You can collect your bicycle from BidAir Cargo in Multi-storey Car Park 1.
  • Drop-off at Cape Town: Bicycles need to be dropped off at the Multi-storey Car Park 1.
  • Collection in OR Tambo: Bicycles can be collected from BidAir Cargo at OR Tambo 2-3 days after you dropped it off.
  • Keep track of your bicycle on the BidAir Cargo website.

FlySafair :


Their regular bicycle policy applies.
  • Price: R280* for bicycles as sports equipment. Make sure you book this along with your flight as there is limited capacity for bicycles on the aircraft.
  • You need: To drop off your bicycle off, you need proof of payment for the additional sports equipment, proof of identity and confirmation of flight booking/ check-in. In addition to this, you need to produce your limited release tag when collecting your bicycle.
  • Drop-off in Johannesburg: Bicycles should be checked in at least 3 hours prior to departure at the check-in desk.
  • Collection in Cape Town: Bicycles will be treated as regular luggage and should thus be collected from the baggage collection area.
  • Drop-off at Cape Town: Be sure to check your bicycle in at least 3 hours prior to departure at the check-in desk.
  • Collection in Johannesburg: Collect your bicycle from the baggage collection area.
  • Get all the details here.

Kulula :


These charges and procedures are applicable on bicycles transported to Cape Town from 6 - 11 March and from Cape Town from 12-18 March 2017. They only allow up to 20 bicycles on each flight, thereafter passengers will be referred to BidAir and their costs will apply.
  • Price: R350* per bicycle per way through their call centre, payable by credit card only.
  • You need: You need a bike-handling fee receipt to drop-off your bicycle as well as confirmation of your flight booking and proof of identity. To collect you bicycle you need the limited-release tag in addition to the rest.
  • Drop-off in Johannesburg: If you are departing from OR Tambo or Lanseria Airport, you should drop-off your bicycle at the Oversized Baggage/ “Out-of-Gauge” (OOG) drop-off point. You should do so 90-45 minutes prior to departure between 6 and 11 March 2017.
  • Collection in Cape Town: Allowing 15-45 minutes after arrival, bikes must be collected at the Oversized Baggage / “Out-of-Gauge” (OOG) next to Carousel 6 of the arrivals hall.
  • Drop-off at Cape Town: If you are flying to OR Tambo or Lanseria airport, you should head to the Oversized Baggage/ "Out-of-Gauge" (OOG) drop-off point to check in your bicycle 90-45 minutes prior to departure. You should do so between 12 March - 18 March 2017 (after check-in).
  • Collection in Johannesburg: Allowing 15-45 minutes, bikes must be collected at the Oversized Baggage / “Out-of-Gauge” (OOG) in the arrivals hall of both OR Tambo and Lanseria Airport.
  • Get all the details here.
*Prices are for one-way flights and are subject to change.

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