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The only proper airport in Cape Town is Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
We find travellers generally put a lot of emphasis on finding cheap airfares, but not enough on securing cheap car rentals and accommodation:
Once you've booked your flight to Cape town, your car rental and your accommodation, the next step is to fill in your itinerary - here's a comprehensive list of things to do in Cape Town.
To find a cheap flight to Cape Town, use the flight price comparison tool on the left to compare South African Airways, Mango, British Airways, Kulula and all other airlines flying to the Mother City (Capetonians nickname for Cape Town). Further discount your future flights by writing to us about your flight to Cape Town, and we'll send you a travel voucher. If you'd like detailed info about the flight route you're flying to Cape Town from, scroll down to found your route and click through to the detail page.
For international travellers it's sometimes cheaper to fly to Johannesburg and then take a domestic low cost carrier from Johannesburg to Cape Town (or an intercity bus or train if you really want to save).
To get cheaper flights to Cape Town, time your visit to avoid the peak tourist season (December, January), school holidays, public holidays and other major events (see events in South Africa).
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Finally, please read through our tips for booking cheap flights which contains a lot of more general techniques of keeping your airfares down (e.g. credit cards for bounty points, etc...)
If you don't want to fly, why not make a bus trip booking to Cape Town (bus is usually cheaper but takes longer):
The Baz Bus is a favourite amongst backpackers, operating a hop-on hop-off bus service between many backpacking hostels in South Africa, and offers trips in each direction between Johannesburg/Pretoria and Cape Town via the Drakensberg, with stops along the coast including East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and George.
Citiliner bus is a semi-luxury coach offering bus trip bookings to Cape Town from departures in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo, Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Umtata)
The Greyhound bus operates a traditional bus service through the main centres of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Bloemfontein, Bulawayo, Butterworth, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Empangeni, Harare, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Newcastle, Maputo, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Queenstown, Swinburne and Umtata)
The Intercape bus operates a traditional bus service to Cape Town from its vast network within South Africa and from some of its neighbouring countries.
SA Roadlink offers bus trips across South Africa; from Polokwane to Johannesburg to Cape Town to Durban.
The Translux bus is part of the Unitrans group, offering bookings for luxury bus trips to Cape Town from over 100 destinations in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
The Shosholoza Meyl offers economy and tourist class train trips from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. For something more luxurious try the Premier Classe, and for ultimate luxury enjoy the Blue Train.
Want to know what the weather in Cape Town is like before you get there? Check out Cape Town Webcam. Generally speaking Cape Town has hot dry windy summers (December, January and February) and cold rainy winters (June, July and August).
There are a number of companies offering CPT shuttle services. We usually use EZ Shuttle, and have found them to be reasonably priced (although not always cheapest) and reliable.
Linda made a trip to Cape Town for her birthday. After flying in from Windhoek, she enjoyed "walking along the beach and sea front, eating French food (the first for nine months!), drinking good wine and enjoying several varieties of cheese (cheese is too expensive to be bought regularly in Namibia)...The boat ride over (to Robben Island) was so bumpy that several passengers threw up along the way and had to be laid down on the quay upon arrival for ten minutes to recover... Alex had booked a table at Baya restaurant, which overlooked the water and the lights of Cape Town. The service was impeccable ("Excellent choice, Madam"), the wine wonderful and the food amazing."
Cape Town has a temperate climate, with warmer, dryer and windy summers; and wetter, colder and slightly less windy winters. The spring and autumn seasons have less wind, in between temperatures and a mix of rainy and sunny days.
If you're looking for beach fun, then summer is the time to come - December & January represents the height of the tourist season.
If you're looking to party until the early hours in packed nightclubs, then December is the time to come, or in particular from Christmas to New Year, when Cape Town's tourist season is going full throttle.
If you want to escape the tourist rush and not have as much windy weather, then Autumn and Spring are perfect.
The southern right whales visit Cape Town from July to October.
Spring flowers bloom in the spring :)
To get a bit of everything, October is a great month to visit Cape Town - see the southern right whales, enjoy the Spring flowers, not so windy, not too cold, not too hot. There are also cheaper flights to Cape Town in October, as it's before tourists start flocking in, in large numbers.