Cape Town International Airport lies about 12 mi from the city center. The domestic and international terminals both have booths run by Cape Town Tourism, which are open from 7:30 until the last flight comes in. It should take about 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city; during rush hour it can easily be double that.
There is no scheduled public transport to or from the airport, but private operators abound. Metered taxis and shuttle services (usually minivans) are based inside the domestic baggage hall and outside the international and domestic terminals and can also be phoned for airport drop-offs. Rates vary depending on the operator, number of passengers, destination, and time of arrival.
One person going into the city center alone pays about R280 in a metered taxi; a group of up to four will usually pay the same rate. Reports of overcharging are common, so check the fare first. Touch Down Taxis is the only officially authorized airport taxi. Look for the ACSA symbol on the vehicles. Shawn Casey Taxi Service charges a fixed rate of R220 for the vehicle (up to four passengers) but must be booked ahead. For single travelers, a prearranged shared shuttle with Legend Tours and Transfers or Magic Bus is the most economical, costing about R150-R180 per person; however, it will likely be slower because of numerous drop-offs. A surcharge of up to R50 is sometimes levied from 10 pm until early morning, and some shuttles charge more for arrivals than for departures to cover waiting time. For the ultimate luxury ride you can hire a six-seat Lincoln stretch limo from Cape Limousine Services. Rates are R1,400 for the first two hours and R200 per hour thereafter (add extra for gas if you travel outside the Cape Town area).
All major car-rental companies have counters at Cape Town International, and driving to the City Bowl or V&A Waterfront is straightforward in daylight. If your flight arrives after dark, consider prearranging transportation through your hotel.
Cape Town International Airport (Matroosfontein, Cape Town. 021/937–1200; 086/727–7888 flight information. www.airports.co.za.)
Cape Limousine Services (021/785–3100.)
Citi Hopper (021/936–3460/1 or 082/773–7678. www.citihopper.co.za.)
Legend Tours and Transfers (Cape Town. 021/704–9140. www.legendtours.co.za.)
Magic Bus Airport Transfers (021/505–6300. www.magicbus.co.za.)
Clarence Bros Tuk-Tuk (083/641–5453.)