Cape Town International Airport: the official guide

Cape Town International Airport is the second-largest airport in South Africa, serving travellers from all over the world. It was extensively upgraded and renovated in 2010, and today it has world-class facilities and is widely regarded as one of the best airports in Africa.

The Cape Town International Airport is located 20 km (12 mi) from the Cape Town city centre.


There are two terminals—international and domestic—linked by a large central terminal building. The distance between the two is easily walkable, and there is a common check-in area, so connecting flights will go off without a hitch.


The airport has good facilities for those with disabilities. There are travelators and gentle gradient ramps, passenger lifts to all levels, and wheelchair access to shops, restaurants, and viewing areas. Those requiring assistance need to contact the airport 48 hours in advance on +27 (0)21 935 3737.


  • Visitor Information Centre: For any info you need about your stay in Cape Town, stop by our Visitor Information Centre in the central terminal and we’ll be able to
  • Money: ATMs (cash machines) are available in all terminals. Currency exchange kiosks are located in the baggage claim area at domestic arrivals, both sides of the security check at the international terminal, and the central terminal. There are banks available too.
  • Babies/kids: There are baby-changing facilities in women’s toilets, but not in men’s toilets.
  • Shopping: Duty-free shopping is available in the international terminal. A number of other stores are located throughout the airport, where you can get clothing, jewellery, crafts, souvenirs, and more.
  • Food and Drink: There are many fast food outlets and several sit-down restaurants available, as well as a few bars. The airside bar in the domestic terminal has a smoking section.
  • Other: Pharmacy, post office, prayer room, police station, a nail salon, airport lounges, airside smoking lounges in both terminals.



There are many transport options available at Cape Town International Airport. Most big car rental companies are represented and can be found just outside the central terminal. You can also take the MyCiTi bus which operates from 5:30 am – 9:30 pm daily, and operates between the airport and the Civic Centre, where you can connect to other routes. The bus is safe and reliable. You need a myconnect card to ride it, which costs R35 and is available from the airport and other MyCiTi stations. Fares to the city are between R60 and R100 depending on the time you ride.

Many hotels also offer private shuttles to pick you up and drop you off again at the airport. Ask your hotel in advance.

There are also taxis available at the airport. Choose a registered metered taxi, and make sure the meter is turned on before the trip starts. If you’re using Uber, note that there are two pre-determined pick-up points. One is outside the check-in area upstairs, and the other is in the drop-off area of the short-term parking lot.


Plenty of parking is available, with long-term, short-term, and valet options. In the drop-off parking, the first 30 minutes are free.

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