Cheap Flights to Cape Town

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When is the best time to fly to Cape Town?

Peak Season:

Cape Town benefits from a mild climate all year-round so with some flexibility and planning in advance you can find some cheap flights to Cape Town. November until January are the busiest times of the year making flights to Cape Town more expensive. During school holidays cause higher prices and a lot more crowds, especially in December and January as this is the South African summer holiday period. Cheap flights to Cape Town can be found around Easter if you book in advance, although it is a popular time of year. There is a historic Second New Year Parade at the beginning of January which features thousands of people dressed in luminous multicoloured suits. Flights to Cape Town are more expensive during the weeks leading up to the parade so book in advance to save some money. Also in January is South Africa's most renowned outdoor sporting occasion at Kenilworth Racecourse. It's a blend of equestrian expertise and high fashion.

Off Season:

February and March, as well as October are excellent months to visit. Cheap flights to Cape Town are easier to come by, there are less crowds and the weather is lovely. You'll also benefit from cheaper hotel prices as the city is looking for visitors. If you're vacation lasts at least a week then you'll probably experience gloriously sunny days followed by gloomy cold ones.

When is the best time to book a flight to Cape Town?

If you book your flights to Cape Town in advance, you can grab bargains in June and July. You can also find great deals on your flight tickets in November, and during the Winter months. Flexibility is your best friend when it comes to finding cheap flights to Cape Town, however if you want to travel during January you will need to book as early as you can due to the festivals and events that take place. Don't worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on when booking your flights to Cape Town, as both sides offer spectacular views of the city as you approach.

How long is the flight to Cape Town?

Flights from London (All airports) to Cape Town - 11 hours 30 minutes

Flights from Manchester to Cape Town - 12 hours 35 minutes

Flights from Birmingham to Cape Town - 13 hours 55 minutes

Flights from Glasgow to Cape Town - 14 hours 10 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Cape Town?

KLM, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia all provide flights to Cape Town on a daily basis. Cape Town is growing in popularity and the cost of flight tickets are becoming cheap each year. Each airline offers similar prices and similar amenities however there might be some variations. British Airways for example can be more expensive but they offer complimentary food and drinks which can be great when on a long haul flight. All in all comparing each airline is a great way to find cheap flights to Cape Town while also enjoying a comfortable flight.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The airport is located 20km away from the centre of Cape Town. You can take a metered taxi to the city centre for around R300 and R400 but these prices can vary. Some taxi's will charge by the kilometre or some will have flat rates. Either way you should agree a fee before getting into the taxi. The most cost-effective way to travel to or from the airport is the MyCiti bus, it runs every 20 minutes and the service operates from around 05:00 until 22:00. Every passenger will have to purchase a myconnect pass which is R35, except passengers under 4 who can travel for free. Due to the low costs and the frequency of the buses, the MyCiti option is a great choice for all tourists. Lastly you can rent a car from the airport, however unless you intend to drive to different towns and cities this can be an unnecessary cost.

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How much do things cost in Cape Town?

1 mile taxi journey
£ 0.76
1 hour taxi waiting fee
£ 2.25
Petrol (1 litre)
£ 0.60
Taxi - fixed fee
£ 0.47
Large bottle of water
£ 0.63
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
£ 1.64
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike trainers
£ 44.78
Pair of jeans
£ 31.60
Cheap meal
£ 4.23
3 course meal for 2
£ 18.78
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
£ 0.47
How much does a beer cost in Cape Town?
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
£ 1
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
£ 1
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
£ 1
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
£ 1

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More information about Cape Town

  • Bask on Cape Town’s sandy beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay in average summer temperatures of 26.5 degrees.
  • Party until the early hours in the many vibrant bars and nightclubs in the city centre and along the VA Waterfront.
  • Make the most of water sports activities or explore the reefs, caves and shipwrecks along the Cape Point coastline.
  • You can find discounted airline tickets to Cape Town from major airlines, but book early to get the best price
  • Go and take a tour around Cape Town Stadium, one of the most magnificent stadiums of the 2010 football World Cup.
  • Direct flights to Cape Town operate frequently with airlines including South African Airways and British Airways
  • Book one way flights to Cape Town and hire a car for an adventurous holiday driving around South Africa.
  • A holiday in Cape Town promises fun for all, with many of South Africa’s best attractions and activities on offer.
  • Golf fans will find some truly world-class courses to play in Cape Town, including Atlantic Beach’s Links course.
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  • Journey via cable car up the spectacular Table Mountain to for an amazing bird’s eye view of the city and landscape.
  • Enjoy a tour around the Cape Winelands region; an excellent way to sample some of the country’s best wines.

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