Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town International Airport is the main airport that serves the locals and foreigners in Cape Town. It is the fourth busiest airport in Africa and second in South Africa. It is located 20 kilometres away from the center of the city and is the only airport in the metropolitan area of Cape Town that offers programmed passenger services. It has both international and domestic terminals that are linked by a central terminal. It is the ninth busiest air route in the world with approximately 4.5 million passengers.
Lounges are especially useful if you encounter long transfer times or unexpected delays. The Cape Town International Airport has several lounges for passengers. There are lounges that cater to passengers of specific flights such as that of South African Airways and British Airways while the airport also has a Premier Lounge open to all passengers, no matter the airline which you can avail by paying per visit or buying a prepaid card.
Lounges provide various amenities for free such as newspapers, shower facilities, magazines, television, flight information monitor and air-conditioning.
- South African Airways Lounges – Domestic Departures Terminal and International Departures Terminal
- British Airways Lounges – Domestic Departures Terminal and International Departures Terminal
- The Premier Lounge – Domestic Departures Terminal and International Departures Terminal
- Smokers’ Lounge – International Departures Terminal; Entrance is free and offers internet access to passengers.
- VIP Room – operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and is located adjacent to the north side of the Domestic Departures Terminal
Services, Facilities & Things to Do at the Airport
A number of services and facilities are available at the Cape Town International Airport. The airport information desks are located in both domestic and international arrivals terminals. The airport also offers a wide selection of duty-free and standard shops. You can visit the Airport Shopping Safari website to get a list of all the shops at the airport. It also offers a good selection of cafés, bars, coffee shops, fast food outlets, pubs, and restaurants. A number of banks, ATMS and bureaux de change are available as well. They are located all throughout the terminals with banking services of Standard Bank, ABSA, and NedBank. The airport offers various facilities such as business and conference, disabled, post office, surgery, and baby changing facilities. In addition, the terminals at the airport are adjacent to one another for ease of location and short walking distance.
- Road Lodge Hotel – 90 rooms that is adjacent to the Cape Town International Airport. The hotel has internet access in all bedrooms and a guest office.
Banks and ATMs
- ATMs in all terminals and bureau de changes in all international terminals.
- Bagport offers bag wrapping services and a storage facility. Their offices are located on the ground floor of Parkade 2.
- Information desks are available in all terminals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Business and Conference
- The Airport Conference Centre is a facility that caters to the business needs of passengers. With four spacious rooms that can accommodate 6-80 people. The facility is situated in the Southern Office Block alongside the Domestic Terminal.
The Cape Town International Airport also offers entertainment to its ticketed passengers. These include shower facilities, separate smoking areas, and lounges. Lounges provide a number of amenities as well such as television viewing, food and beverage, and WiFi.
WiFi and Internet
- WiFi or wireless internet is accessible at both the international and domestic terminals.
Food and Dining
- International Terminal – Dulce Cafe, Airside F&B2; Illy Cafe, Airside F&B1
- Domestic Terminal – Mugg and Bean, Airside 201 and 15; Wimpy, Airside 202; Rhapsody’s Airside 213
- Barcelo’s, Landside Shop Number 6
- Subway, Landside Shop Number 9
- Ocean Basket, Landside Shop Number 308
- KFC, Landside Shop Numbers 307 and 311
- International Terminal – African Eco Airside 2, Indaba at Home in Africa Airside 5, Out of Africa Airside 15
- Domestic Terminal – African Origins Airside 210
The airport is open for 24 hours from Monday to Sunday. However, some of the facilities may have schedules such as the use of lounges.
Airport Transportation: Getting There
There are a number of public transportation options to Cape Town International Airport. You can take taxi cabs and shuttle buses. Most hotels also provide a door-to-door service to and from the airport. However, there are no trains, buses, and limousines available to get to the airport.
Shuttle Services: These shuttles run from the international and domestic arrival terminals to Cape Town. The shuttle service costs R120 per passenger and R30 for every passenger from the same group.
- Noble Travel and Tours
- City Hopper
- Centurion Tours
Airport Transportation: Getting Around
The airport is 22 kilomet res away from the center of the city. However, a number of transport options are available to get you around the airport. There are private shuttle service, metered taxis, and even car rental services to get you where you want to go.
Car Rental: There are several car rental companies that operate in the international and domestic arrivals terminals of the airport. You can take your pick from any one of these companies:
- Avis Car Rental
- Dollar Thrifty
- First Car Rental
- National Alamo