How do I get to Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport is a world class facility that sits a mere 30 mins (traffic permitting) from the city centre. Besides the national carrier, South African Airways, many international carriers boast daily, direct flights into The Mother City. A short overnight flight transports you from Europe straight onto the majestic shores and sunny beaches of Cape Town.

How do I travel in and around Cape Town

Car Hire

Reputable airport car rental companies include Avis (, Hertz ( and Budget (

Shuttle services

Making your way to the city from the airport is possible via one of the airports shuttle services such as Magic Bus or City Hopper . Rikki’s shuttle is also available for larger parties(


Uber is widely available in South Africa and metered Sedan taxis are ever-present in and around the city. The metered taxis are generally more expensive, charging around R12 per kilometre. The Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre (021 426 4260/021 405 4500) is a very useful resource hub and will be able to provide lists of preferred suppliers of taxis and many other transport options.

What are the main languages in Cape Town

The most common languages in Cape Town are English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. There are however 11 official home languages in South Africa. English is widely spoken throughout most of the major Metropolitan areas.

What is the weather like in Cape Town

Cape Town is never out of season. It is the perfect summer paradise with long, balmy days and warm summer nights. There is a seemingly endless supply of sunshine, lasting well over 11 hours a day! The average summer temperature in Cape Town is around 26 degrees Centigrade. The winter months bring mild, stormy days and the perfect weather for sitting by a  fireplace sampling one of the province’s world-renowned fine wines.

Is a visa required to enter Cape Town

If you are planning on staying for longer than 90 days, you may either apply for a Visa extension before you leave home or once you have arrived in South Africa by extending your 90 day Visitors Permit.

Is it possible to stay longer

Nationals of 48 countries/territories who hold valid national passports are not required to obtain South African visas for visits of up to 90 days. It is important to check with your local South African Mission before your departure to determine whether or not your country is on this list. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 1 month after departure, with one blank page (two if a visa is required).

Can I work in Cape Town

Before you are permitted to work in Cape Town as an expatriate, you must secure a work visa.

What is the currency

The unit of currency used in South Africa is the Rand. One Rand is made up of 100 cents. The Rand’s sign is R and its international code is ZAR.