Cape Town International Airport is the second busiest airport in South Africa after OR Tambo International Airport and the third busiest in Africa.

Overview of Cape Town International Airport

The Airport underwent a R 2.3 billion upgrade ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to accommodate an extra 55 000 passengers per day. At this time a new Central Terminal Building for domestic and international arrivals was constructed to provide a common check-in area for travellers.

Additionally, a new 5-storey parking lot was built, a new approach road network was designed and the apron was enlarged.


Getting to and from Cape Town International Airport


Cape Town has an excellent public transportation system and you can travel to and from the airport by means of shuttle, taxi, bus, Uber, or hire car.

The airport is about 20 kilometres from the city centre and reached via the N2 freeway. Airport Approach Road provides a direct link between the N2 and the airport at exit 16.
You can also reach the Airport by means of the R300 freeway via the M10, M12 and M22.


Arrivals and Departures

Cape Town International Airport’s international terminal is located on the northern end of the airport with the southern end serving domestic flights within South Africa.

Departures are catered for on the upper floors and arriving travellers make use of the lower floors. An elevated roadway system allows access to both levels for vehicles.


Arrivals and Departures Time Table



Arriving passengers pick up their luggage in the original sections of their respective terminals and then make their way along the newly constructed passageways to the Central Terminal Building. Here a state-of-the-art automated baggage handling system can handle up to 30 000 bags per hour.




Check-in is taken care of in the Central terminal for all passengers by means of 120 check-in desks and 20 self-service kiosks. Next passengers pass through a screening and security area before going their separate ways to their respective terminals.


Both terminals offer the following facilities for passengers:

  • Customs and Immigration facilities
  • Lounges
  • Duty-free shops
  • Restaurants
  • Prayer rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Chapels

Each terminal has 5 air bridges and buses for transporting passengers to aircraft parked remotely.


Parking at Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport has 6 500 public parking bays available for both long- and short-term parking. These are allocated as follows:

  • Multi-storey parking bays = 1 500
  • Shaded parking bays = 2 220
  • Long Stay parking bays = 765

A Pay-on-Foot system is used to pay for parking. This accepts R10, R20, R50 and R100 notes as well as R1, R2 and R5 coins.


Luggage Trolleys are available in the parking areas which are located just a short walk from the main Airport Terminal.


There are 1 424 parking bays in the general parking area at Cape Town International Airport as well as 1 748 bays in the multi-storey parkade near the domestic terminal. An additional 4 000 bays are available in the new parkade near the international terminal. A valet parking service is offered at the airport.


Services at Cape Town International Airport

Retail outlets at Cape Town Airport are found on the lower level landside portion of the terminals as well as on the airside on the upper levels.


A wide range of facilities are available including:

  • Foreign exchange services
  • Bookstores
  • Clothing retailers
  • Grocery stores
  • Souvenir outlets
  • Duty-free shops

Restaurants are situated on the upper 4th floor level above the departures area and include what is believed to be the largest outlet of the spur steakhouse franchise in Africa (1 080m2). In the restaurant area, you can look out over the planes below through a glass curtain wall.

Other services on offer are baggage wrapping, car hire, ATMs and public phones.

Car Hire at Cape Town International Airport


Hiring a car is a must if you would like to explore the winelands and other outer lying areas of Cape Town.

The following car hire companies have outlets at Cape Town International Airport:

  • Bidvest
  • Europcar
  • First Car
  • Hertz
  • SMH
  • Thrifty

Car hire facilities are located opposite the Central Terminal Building.

Tipping at Durban International Airport

Tipping is not mandatory or expected at Cape Town International Airport but the recipient will certainly appreciate a small reward for their services.

It is customary to leave a 10% gratuity for your waitron when dining as there is no service fee added to the bill.

Any other personnel can be tipped directly.

Finding Cheap Flights to Cape Town

There are just a few steps to securing the best prices when planning your flights to Cape Town.
Booking well in advance and flying outside of peak times will give you the best choice fare-wise. Compare prices online by filling in your requirements and choosing the flight that suits your diary and your pocket.


Enjoy your journey, wherever you are flying to from Cape Town International Airport.