Before your flight to Cape Town touches down, keep your eyes peeled for a first glimpse of the legendary and awe-inspiring Table Mountain. All flights to Cape Town from the UK reward you with breathtaking views as you arrive into Cape Town International Airport, the second busiest airport in South Africa.
Cape Town is an impressive getaway pretty much any time of year. Summer falls between mid-December and early January and is usually the busiest season. February and March are the warmest months and July and August the wettest. The best months to get your hands on cheap tickets to Cape Town are from November to March – provided you book well in advance. If you’re looking for a bargain on return flights to Cape Town during the peak summer season, you can save up to 40% if you add a connecting flight.
Your only choice for a direct flight to Cape Town from the UK is British Airways. Once a day the UK’s flag carrier airline jets off from London Heathrow and lands 11.5 hours later in Cape Town. A whole host of airlines offer connecting flights from other UK airports such as Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow with varying prices and flight times. Pay more and get there faster with Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. If time is on your side, save money and fly with Emirates via Dubai or Qatar Airways via Doha. Another option from London Heathrow is to fly South African Airways via Johannesburg.
The 12-mile journey from Cape Town airport to the city centre is an easy one with amazing views en route. You can take a taxi and pay R300-400, but best agree the price upfront. If you prefer to drive yourself, you’ll find the usual well-known car rental companies at the airport. The cheapest option is the MyCiti bus service, which runs 3 times an hour every day from the airport. Cash is not accepted on the buses so you’ll need to pay R30 for a myconnect card and then top it up. The fare from the airport to the city centre is between R75-85 depending on your final stop.
Get up close and personal with the spectacular flat-topped backdrop to the coastal city of Cape Town with a cable-car trip to the top of the mountain. For the ultimate mind-blowing experience, why not abseil back down? If this leaves you craving more thrills, there’s one activity that’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Fancy a dip in shark-infested waters? Then head to the little seaside town of Gansbaai near Cape Town. Shivers will run down your spine as you enjoy an intimate encounter with some great white sharks on a cage-diving tour.
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