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About Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Cape Town International is the third busiest airport in South Africa after O.R. Tambo and Cairo. A useful resource for travellers, our Cape Town International Airport guide includes details of terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.


Information desks are located in the arrivals areas of the two terminals.


Driving directions:

From Cape Town, take the N2 highway eastbound and follow signs for Cape Town International Airport, which is off junction 16.

Transfer between terminals:

The terminals are within walking distance of each other. A shuttle bus service links the terminals and car parks.

Airport Info


Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport is located 18km (11 miles) east of Cape Town.

No. of terminals:

+27 21 937 1200

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: MyCiti Bus (tel: +27 800 656 463; links the city centre (Civic Centre on Herzog Boulevard) with Cape Town International Airport. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes between 0500 and 2130; the fare for a single trip is around R100.

Taxi: Taxis can be found outside Arrivals. The journey to central Cape Town takes 20 minutes and fares start at around R300. Touch-Down Taxis (tel: +27 83 652 0786) is the authorised airport taxi company. Travellers are advised to use this provider and should never get into unauthorised cars.

Terminal facilities


Bureau de change and ATMs are available in both terminals. There is a full-service bank in the international departures area.


Options for eating and drinking are located throughout Cape Town International Airport. These include full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, bars and cafés.


Duty-free shopping is situated in the International Terminal, both pre- and post-security. Other retailers include a pharmacy, clothing outlets, bookshops, and gift shops selling local souvenirs. A VAT refund service is provided in International Departures.


A-Teck offers a baggage storage service and a baggage wrap service at the airport (tel: +27 72 384 2954). A porter service is available; porters, who are dressed in black and orange, are self-employed and rely on tips for their income.


Other facilities available at Cape Town International Airport include a chapel and prayer rooms, a medical service and pharmacy. Baby-changing facilities can be found in most ladies' toilets in the terminals.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

The Airport Conference Centre (tel: +27 21 935 3715) is located in the Southern Office Block near the Domestic Terminal, and offers venues for meetings and conferences. The airport also offers fully equipped offices with a secretarial service for short and long-term hire.

Premium lounges can be found in both the Domestic Terminal (tel: +27 21 936 3014) and International Terminal (tel: +27 21 936 2127). British Airways and South African Airways lounges are also present in both terminals.

Communication Facilities:

Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout Cape Town International Airport. Public telephones are available at the airport, along with mobile phone hire. A post office is located next to the domestic arrivals area.

Disabled facilities:

Cape Town International Airport is fully accessible for disabled travellers, with lifts, ramps and adapted toilets. Wheelchairs can be supplied if required: passengers are advised to inform their airline of such needs in advance. Dedicated parking facilities are also available for disabled travellers in the multi-storey car park. Where assistance is required, contact the airport 48 hours prior to arrival (tel: +27 21 935 3737).

Car parking:

There are several car parks at the airport: P1 and P2 are multi-storey car parkades, P3 and P4 are shaded parking and P5 is the long-term car park.

Shuttles are available to transport passengers to the relevant terminals from P3 and P4. Valet parking and lock-up garages are offered by Katanga Executive Parking Services (tel: +27 861 482 538; These facilities must be booked in advance. Free parking for up to 30 minutes is available in a separate drop off/pick up area of P1.

Car rental:

Car hire companies at Cape Town International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty and more. Car hire desks are located in front of the Transport Plaza and central area between the terminals.

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