Getting There in Cape Town

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Important Dates

There are two very important dates to remember when planning your trip to Cape Town. First, every February the Design Indaba Conference takes place in Cape Town and it draws hundreds of designers, wholesalers and business people from around the world. Second, the Cape Town Ministrel Carnival takes place every year on January 2nd and this festival draws thousands of visitors to Cape Town. If you're planning to visit Cape Town during the Cape Town Ministrel Carnival, book your trip months in advance.

Flights to Cape Town

Most major airlines fly to the city of Cape Town through connecting flights through the cities of Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Madrid and other European hubs. The IATA code of the Cape Town International Airport is CPT. The airport is located at Airports Company South Africa, Private Bag X9002, Cape Town International Airport, 7525, South Africa. The airport has 5 terminals that are all withing walking distance of each other.

From the Airport to Cape Town

The airport is 22 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from Cape Town's downtown area. The airport has the following car rental companies available on site: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Imperial, National Alamo and Tempest. If you're planning to drive, just take the N2 highway in direction of Cape Town.

There are several private shuttle bus services available at the airport that provide door to door service. They're pretty affordable and offer a safer service than the public transportation system. Advance booking is preferred but walk ins are also welcome. Some good companies include Randy's Tours (+21 934-8367), Anwar's Tourist Services (+21 936-2064), Way-2-Go Tours (+21 934-4651) and City Hopper (+21 934-4440).

The official taxi company from the airport is Touch Down Taxis. Please refrain to use any other taxi companies. A taxi ride to downtown Cape Town takes about 20 minutes.

September 20, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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